A year ago Apple’s charismatic CEO Steve Jobs passed away, but not before leaving an indelible mark on the tech world and building the most successful company in history. In honour of Steve, Apple has posted a touching video tribute to Jobs on their homepage and following it CEO Tim Cook left this message recounting Steve’s extraordinary life:
In our own tribute to the life of Steve Jobs, we’ve pulled together this list of some of his most interesting, inspiring and memorable quotes.
Jobs on the impact of technology: “This stuff doesn’t change the world. It really doesn’t. 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.”
Jobs on people: “I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups.”
Jobs on how to have a good life: “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.”
Jobs on design: “Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”
Jobs on creativity: “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. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”
Jobs on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg: “You know we talk about social networks in the plural, but I don’t see anybody other than Facebook out there. They’re dominating this. I admire Mark Zuckerberg for not selling out, for wanting to make a company. I admire that a lot.”
Jobs on Bill Gates and wealth: “Bill ended up the wealthiest guy around, and if that was his goal then he achieved it. But it’s never been my goal, and I even wonder in the end if it was really his.”
Jobs on organ donation: “I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs. And I wouldn’t be here without such generosity. So I hope all of us can be as generous and elect to become organ donors.”
Jobs on trusting his gut: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Jobs on getting fired from Apple: “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.”
Jobs on his legacy: “I don’t think about legacy much. I just think about being able to get up every day and go in and hang around these great people and hopefully create something that other people will love as much as we do.”
Sources: Wired magazine; interviews with his biographer; interviews from the 2007 All Things Digital 5 conference; Jobs’ September 2009 Apple keynote speech; Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University commencement address; interview from the 2007 D5 conference.