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Best Quotes From The Steve Jobs Biography

The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.  -Apple’s “Think Different” Commercial, 1997

I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I like electronics.  Then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who can stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that’s what I wanted to do.  -Steve Jobs

The juice goes out of Christianity when it becomes too based on faith rather than on living like Jesus or seeing the world as Jesus saw it.  I think different religions are different doors to the same house.  Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t.  It’s the great mystery.  -Steve Jobs

If it hadn’t been for the Blue Boxes, there wouldn’t have been an Apple.  I’m 100% sure of that.  Woz and I learned how to work together, and we gained the confidence that we could solve technical problems and actually put something into production.  You cannot believe how much confidence that gave us.  -Steve Jobs

I came of age at a magical time.  Our consciousness was raised by Zen, and also by LSD.  Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life.  LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, buy you know it.  It reinforced my sense of what was important- creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could. -Steve Jobs

This guy’s a goddamn hippie with b.o.  Why did you do this to me?  And he’s impossible to deal with.  -Don Lang, Steve Job’s first boss in tech

Coming back to America was, for me, much more of a cultural shock than going to India.  The people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world.  Intuition is a very powerful thing, more pwerful than intellect, in my opinion.  That’s had a big impact on my work.  -Steve Jobs

If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is.  If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.  Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment.  You see so much more than you could see before.  It’s a discipline; you have to practice it…I learned the truth of the Zen saying that if you are willing to travel around the world to meet a teacher, one will appear next door.  -Steve Jobs

He had the attitude that he could do anything, and therefore so can you.  He put his life in my hands.  So that made me do something I didn’t think I could do.  -Former girlfriend of Steve Jobs

This was the most wonderful offer in my life, to actually design a game that people would use.  -Steve Wozniak

There is something indefinable in an entrepreneur, and I saw that in Steve.  He was interested not just in engineering, but also the busienss aspects.  I taught him that if you act like you can do something, then it will work.  I told him, “pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are.”  -Bushnell, former CEO of Atari

I typed a few keys on the keyboard and I was shocked!  The letters were displayed on the screen.  It was the first time in history, anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own computer’s screen right in front of them.  -Steve Jobs

As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software.  Is this fair?…One thing you do is prevent good software from being written.  Who can afford to do professional work for nothing?…I would appreciate letters from anyone who wants to pay up.  -Bill Gates

I was on one of my fruitarian diets.  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

I never wanted to deal with people and step on toes, but Steve could call up people he didn’t know and make them do things.  He could be rough on people he didn’t think were smart, but he never treated me rudely, even in later years when maybe I couldn’t answer a question as well as he wanted.  -Steve Jobs

My vision was to create the first fully packaged computer.  We were no longer aiming for the handful of hobbyists who like to assemble their own computers, who know how to buy transformers and keyboards.  For every one of them there were a thousand people who would want the machine to be ready to run.  -Steve Jobs

Al turned me on to this brilliant guy named Rod Holt, who was a chain-smoking Marxist who had been through many marriages and was an expert on everything.  ‘I’m expensive’, Holt said.  [Holt’s] switching power supply was as revolutionary as the Apple II logic board was.  Rod doesn’t get a lot of credit for this in the history books, but he should.  Every computer now uses switching power supplies, and they all rip off Rod’s design.  -Steve Jobs

Mike [Markkula] really took me under his wing.  His values were much aligned with mine.  He emphasized that you should never start a company with the goal of getting rich.  Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.  -Steve Jobs

We will truly understand their needs better than any other company.  In order to do a good job of those things that we decide to do, we must eliminate all of the unimportant opportunities.  People DO judge a book by its cover.  We may have the best product, the highest quality, the most useful software, etc…; if we present them in a slipshod manner, they will be perceived as slipshod; if we present them in a creative, professional manner, we will impute the desired qualities.  -The Apple Marketing Philosophy

We are inventing the future.  Think about surfing on the front edge of a wave.  It’s really exhilarating.  Now think about dog-paddling at the tail end of that wave.  It wouldn’t be anywhere near as much fun.  Come down here and make a dent in the universe.  -Steve Jobs sales pitch to Bill Atkinson

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.  -Alan Kay

I will let you invest a million dollars in Apple if you will open the kimono at PARC.  -Steve Jobs

There falls a shadow between the conception and the creation.  -TS Eliot

Everything you’ve ever done in your life is shit, so why don’t you come work for me?  -Steve Jobs pitching Bob Belleville

Steve wasn’t much of an engineer himself, but he was very good at assessing people’s answers.  He could tell whether the engineers were defensive or unsure of themselves.  -Bill Atkinson

Steve is the opposite of loyal.  He’s anti-loyal.  He has to abandon the people he is close to.  -Andy Hertz-feld

We have to do something for your buddy Daniel.  Whatever [options] you give him, I will match it.   -Holt  OK, I will give him zero.  -Steve Jobs

I never worried about money.  I grew up in a middle-class family, so I never thought I would starve.  And I learned at Atari that I could be an okay engineer, so I always knew I could get by.  I was voluntarily poor when I was in college and India, and I lived a pretty simple life even when I was working.  So I went from fairly poor, which was wonderful, because I didn’t have to worry about money, to being incredibly rich, when I also didn’t have to worry about money.  -Steve Jobs

I think that he likes people to jump when he says jump.  I felt that he was untrustworthy, and that he does not take kindly to being found wanting.  He doesn’t seem to like people who see him without a halo.  -Jef Raskin

Jobs seems to introduce tension, politics, and hassles rather than enjoying a buffer from those distractions.  I thoroughly enjoy talking with him, and I admire his ideas, practical perspective, and energy.  But I just don’t feel that he provides the trusting, supportive, relaxed environment that I need.  -Apple engineer

[Jobs] is a dreadful manager…I have always liked Steve, but I have found it impossible to work for him…Jobs regularly misses appointments.  This is so well-known as to be almost a running joke…He acts without thinking and with bad judgment…He does not give credit where due…Very often, when told of a new idea, he will immediately attack it and say that it is worthless or even stupid, and tell you that it was a waste of time to work on it.  This alone is bad management, but if the idea is a good one he will soon be telling people about it as though it was his own.  -Apple internal memo

Each one thought he was smarter than the other one, but Steve generally treated Bill as someone who was slightly inferior, especially in matters of taste and style.  Bill looked down on Steve because he couldn’t actually program.  –Andy Hertzfeld

[Bill Gates would] be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.  –Jobs

[Bill Gates] really never knew much about technology, but he had an amazing instinct for what works.  Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology.  He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.  –Jobs

Well Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it.  I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it. –Bill Gates

The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste.  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 product.    –Jobs

It’s too easy, as a team grows, to put up with a few B players, and they then attract a few more B players, and soon you will even have some C players.  The Microsoft experience taught me that A players like to work only with other A players, which means you can’t indulge B players.  –Jobs

Sculley was so eager for Steve’s approval that he was unable to stand up to him –Arthur Rock

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.  The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to say ‘Bye.  I have to go.  I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.’  And they go and hibernate somewhere.  Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently.  –Jobs

I guess I know where things stand –Jobs

We should expose him for the fraud that he is so that people here stop regarding him as a messiah.  –Bill Campbell

He took some top executives he had secretly lined up before he left.  That’s not the way you do things.  It was ungentlemanly.  –Markkula

I look forward to a great product and I wish him success, but his integrity I cannot trust.  –Steve Wozniak

The best thing ever to happen to Steve is when we fired him, told him to get lost  -Arthur Rock

Human relationships were not his strong suit.  –Mitch Kapor

Oh, wow!  I really get this, I get what it’s all about.  Our film was the only one that had art to it, not just good technology.  Pixar was about making that combination, just as Macintosh had been.  –Jobs

I stuck by my employee.  Steve doesn’t like to be treated like a supplier.  –Andy Grove

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