Some famous quotes from Apple CEO Steve Jobs

“One of the great things about Steve Jobs is what comes out of his mouth. The CEO of Apple Computer is a master of hype, hyperbole and the catchy phrase. Even when he’s trying to talk normally, brilliant verbiage comes tumbling out,” Owen Linzmayer writes for Wired News. “Here’s a selection of some of the most insanely great things the man has said, organized by topic: innovation and design, fixing Apple, his greatest sales pitches, life’s lessons, taking the fight to the enemy and Pixar.”

There are too many quotes from which to choose, but one our favorites is included:

It’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.

Linzmayer’s article is called “Steve Jobs’ Best Quotes Ever,” but there are a lot of great ones missing. You can Google for them (if you aren’t one of Steve Ballmer’s brainwashed children, of course). A few quotes of Jobs’ that aren’t there, but are also favs of ours:

I want to put a ding in the universe.

My girlfriend always laughs during sex – no matter what she’s reading.

The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste… I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third rate products.

Linzmayer’s full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Please add your favorite all-time Steve Jobs quotes below.

[UPDATE: 1:02: Fixed certain (non-Coors-induced) grammar mishaps.]

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  1. “Do you want to sell sugar water all your life?” – Steve Jobs to then CEO of Pepsi Co. John “the judas” Scully

    And then a few years later

    “What can I say? I hired the wrong guy. He destroyed everything I spent 10 years working for; starting with me, but that wasn’t the saddest part. I would have gladly left Apple if Apple would have turned out like I wanted it to.” – Steve Jobs

  2. 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

    Unfortunately, people are not rebelling against Microsoft. They don’t know any better. – Steve Jobs

    I was worth about over a million dollars when I was twenty-three and over ten million dollars when I was twenty-four, and over a hundred million dollars when I was twenty-five and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money. – Steve Jobs

    The trouble with Microsoft is they have no taste. They have 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. – Steve Jobs

    I wish him [Bill Gates] 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. – Steve Jobs

    It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led and how much you get it – Steve Jobs

    When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth. – Steve Jobs

    We don’t believe it’s possible to protect digital content…What’s new is this amazingly efficient distribution system for stolen property called the Internet — and no one’s gonna shut down the Internet. And it only takes one stolen copy to be on the Internet. And the way we expressed it to them is: Pick one lock — open every door. It only takes one person to pick a lock. Worst case: Somebody just takes the analog outputs of their CD player and rerecords it — puts it on the Internet. You’ll never stop that. So what you have to do is compete with it. – Steve Jobs

    <i>The subscription model of buying music is bankrupt. I think you could make available the Second Coming in a subscription model and it might not be successful.</i> – Steve Jobs

    We used to dream about this stuff. Now, we get to build it. It’s pretty neat.
    – Steve Jobs

    We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on. – Steve Jobs

    I get asked a lot why Apple’s customers are so loyal. It’s not because they belong to the Church of Mac! That’s ridiculous. – Steve Jobs

    If, for some reason, we make some big mistake and IBM wins, my personal feeling is that we are going to enter a computer Dark Ages for about twenty years. – Steve Jobs

    Mac OS X Tiger will come out long before Longhorn. – Steve Jobs

    If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right. – Steve Jobs

    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

    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 when you find it. – Steve Jobs

    You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog shit for frosting. – Steve Jobs

    (Steve Jobs commenting on a NeXT programmer’s work as nicely done but incomplete and lacking something.)

  3. And I typed this all from memory on my little old Dell PC. like i’m so accused of just because I can THINK DIFFERNETLY!!

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