20 Awesome Quotes From Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs resigned from his post as Apple’s CEO on Wednesday. Here are 20 Awesome iQuotes from Jobs the Great. We’ve separated them into a few categories for your ease. The first is a personal favorite:

On Competition

“We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

PBS Documentary, Triumph of the Nerds, 1996

“Apple doesn’t have to lose for Microsoft to Win. Microsoft doesn’t have to lose for Apple to win” WWDC 1997. When asked about Apple’s low marketshare of the PC Market.

Advice to Others

“You make some of the best products in the world — but you also make a lot of crap. Get rid of the crappy stuff.” to Nike Said to Mark Parker, The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” Said to John Sculley, when Steve Jobs invited him to work for Apple

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. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out 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. Stanford Commencement Speech, 2005

On Design

“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.” PBS Documentary, Triumph of the Nerds, 1996

Playboy: Are you saying that the people who made PC don’t have that kind of pride in the product?

“If they did, they wouldn’t have made the PC” Playboy, 1987

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”

On Bill Gates

“I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.” The New York Times, 1997

On Apple’s Low PC Market Share

“It wasn’t that Microsoft was so brilliant or clever in copying the Mac, it’s that the Mac was a sitting duck for 10 years. That’s Apple’s problem: Their differentiation evaporated.” Apple Confidential 2.0

“If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth — and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”Fortune, 1996 Before going back to Apple in 1997

Apple’s market share is bigger than BMW’s or Mercedes’s or Porsche’s in the automotive market. What’s wrong with being BMW or Mercedes?Macworld, 2004

“Nobody has tried to swallow us since I’ve been here. I think they are afraid how we would taste.” Apple shareholder meeting, April 22, 1998

“The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and it’s going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade.”Wired magazine, February 1996

On Android

“It is worthwhile to remember that open systems don’t always win. Open versus closed is a smokescreen. Google likes to characterise Android as open and iOS as closed. We think this is disingenuous.” In October 2010, talking to analysts about the challenge from Google’s Android, which Apple perceived as a stab in the back by Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt — a member of Apple’s board of directors. Hark Oct. 18, 2010.

“Don’t be evil is a load of crap.” In January 2010 townhall with Apple employees, Jobs tore into Google for getting into the smartphone business, saying Google got into smartphones, and Apple didn’t get into search.

On Innovation

“We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” PBS Documentary, Triumph of the Nerds, 1996

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.” Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998

“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.” BusinessWeek Online, Oct. 12, 2004

Motivation in Life

“I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.” Newsweek, 2001>

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”And he did

What is your favourite quote out of all these? Drop us a comment :)


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