Notable Quotes by Steven Paul Jobs for Inspiration

Stay hungry, stay foolish. ~Steve Jobs

I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. ~Steve Jobs, Quote from Newsweek (29th October 2001).

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, Quote from 1993 Wall Street Journal interview.

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 as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. 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. ~Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. ~Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

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, Quote from 2008 interview with Fortune.

Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works. ~Steve Jobs, Quote from 2003 New York Times article about the iPod.

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, Quote from 1989 interview with Inc. magazine.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs

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