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Steve Jobs quotes: Words of wisdom

A native of the storied coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, Julie Sprankles has been a lover of words her entire life. As a Southerner, she certainly has what her mama calls “the gift of gab.” When she’s not writing, Julie can be...

How do you like them apples?

Currently in the works, the movie Jobs is set to star Ashton Kutcher as iconic Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs. In anticipation of the film's future release, we celebrate the visionary's extraordinary life with a look at some of his most profound quotes.
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs quotes

How do you like them apples?

Ashton Kutcher will hit theaters in the movie Jobs as iconic Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs. In celebration of the visionary's extraordinary life, we take a look at some of his most profound quotes.

On innovation

"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations."

"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."

"People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully."

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

"I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next."

On work

Ashton Kutcher ast Steve Jobs
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected."

"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 it when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle."

"A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them."

"Quality is better than quantity. One home run is better than two doubles."

"I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."

On life and death

"I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete."

"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. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

"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."

"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 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."

"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."

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