Steve Jobs quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonoagn

Pioneer of the personal computer revolution with Steve Wozniak. And the co-creator of Apple, the Macintosh, the iPhone and many other Apple products we use today. His death at the age of 56 in 2011 from Pancreatic Cancer, his legacy and influential thoughts/ideas live on through his words, technology and teachings.

  1. “Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs
  2. “Don’t take it all too seriously. If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.” – Steve Jobs
  3. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
  4. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” – Steve Jobs
  5. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”” – Steve Jobs
  6. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard. You put so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments in time that I think most people give up. I don’t blame them. It’s really tough and it consumes your life.” – Steve Jobs
  7. “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.” – Steve Jobs
  8. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs
  9. “If you want it, you can fly, you just have to trust you a lot.” – Steve Jobs
  10. “If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail.” – Steve Jobs
  11. “What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” – Steve Jobs
  12. “The doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change this industry are both the thinker and doer in one person.” – Steve Jobs
  13. “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs
  14. “The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” – Steve Jobs
  15. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” – Steve Jobs
  16. “Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing. Picasso had a saying: good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas, and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.” – Steve Jobs
  17. “People judge you on your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs
  18. “You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” – Steve Jobs
  19. “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.” – Steve Jobs
  20. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs
  21. “And you can change it, you can influence it.” – Steve Jobs
  22. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” – Steve Jobs
  23. “If today were the last of your life, would you do what you were going to do today?” – Steve Jobs
  24. “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs
  25. “Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.” – Steve Jobs
  26. “I do not adopt softness towards others because I want to make them better.” – Steve Jobs
  27. “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity.” – Steve Jobs
  28. “In the broadest context, the goal is to seek enlightenment – however you define it.” – Steve Jobs
  29. “I don’t care about being right. I care about success and doing the right thing.” – Steve Jobs
  30. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

A declassified FBI report states that he used marijuana and LSD while he was in college, and once told a reporter that taking LSD was “one of the two or three most important things” he had done in his life. He was also a primary investor amd Chairman of the animation production company, Pixar.
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