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51 Steve Jobs Quotes About Life, Success and Change

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1.) “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.” – Steve Jobs

 

2.) “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

 

3.) “Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” – Steve Jobs

 

4.) “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs

 

Steve Jobs Quotes on Success

 

5.) “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

 

6.) “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs

 

7.) “One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.” – Steve Jobs

 

8.) “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.” – Steve Jobs

 

9.) “Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” – Steve Jobs

 

10.) “When you’re doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you’re not going to cheese out. If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.” – Steve Jobs

 

11.) “I was worth about over a million dollars when I was 23 and over ten million dollars when I was 24, and over a hundred million dollars when I was 25 and… it wasn’t that important — because I never did it for the money.” – Steve Jobs

 

12.) “Finally Jobs proposed Apple Computer. “I was on one of my fruitarian diets,” he explained. “I had just come back from the apple farm. It sounded fun, spirited, and not intimidating. Apple took the edge off the word ‘computer.’ Plus, it would get us ahead of Atari in the phone book” – Steve Jobs

 

13.) “The Macintosh was sort of like this wonderful romance in your life that you once had — and that produced about 10 million children. In a way it will never be over in your life. You’ll still smell that romance every morning when you get up. And when you open the window, the cool air will hit your face, and you’ll smell that romance in the air. And you’ll see your children around, and you feel good about it. And nothing will ever make you feel bad about it.” – Steve Jobs

 

14.) “At Apple, people are putting in 18-hour days. We attract a different type of person—a person who doesn’t want to wait five or ten years to have someone take a giant risk on him or her. Someone who really wants to get in a little over his head and make a little dent in the universe. We are aware that we are doing something significant. We’re here at the beginning of it and we’re able to shape how it goes. Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” – Steve Jobs

 

15.) “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs

 

16.) “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

 

17.) “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Quotes on Education

 

18.) “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” – Steve Jobs

 

19.) “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. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

 

20.) “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

 

21.) “Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.” – Steve Jobs

 

22.) Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. – Steve Jobs

 

23.) I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much – if at all. – Steve Jobs

 

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to 24.) help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. – Steve Jobs

 

25.) I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. – Steve Jobs

 

26.) Things don’t have to change the world to be important. – Steve Jobs

 

27.) Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them. – Steve Jobs

 

Steve Jobs Quotes on Innovation

 

28.) I believe life is an intelligent thing: that things aren’t random. – Steve Jobs

 

29.) A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets. – Steve Jobs

 

30.) Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. – Steve Jobs

 

31.) I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better. – Steve Jobs

 

32.) So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.’ – Steve Jobs

 

33.) The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay. – Steve Jobs

 

34.) You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new. – Steve Jobs

 

35.) I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do. – Steve Jobs

 

36.) It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. – Steve Jobs

 

37.) Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. – Steve Jobs

 

38.) No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. – Steve Jobs

 

39.) Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride all fear of embarrassment or failure. These tings just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. – Steve Jobs

 

40.) I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things. – Steve Jobs

 

41.) Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. – Steve Jobs

 

42.) That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. – Steve Jobs

 

43.) The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs

 

44.) I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. – Steve Jobs

 

45.) Things don’t have to change the world to be important. – Steve Jobs

 

46.) My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each others’ negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. – Steve Jobs

 

47.) “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you’ve found it.” – Steve Jobs

 

48.) “I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs

 

49.) “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs

 

50.) “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs

 

51.) “I’m the only person I know who’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…it’s very character building.” – Steve Jobs

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