123+ Best Steve Jobs Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Steven Paul Jobs was an American business magnate, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor. Profoundly inspirational Steve Jobs quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Steve Jobs Quotes

Whatever you do, you must never let the voice in your head control the brain in your heart. – Steve Jobs

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because 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. – Steve Jobs

We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas. – Steve Jobs

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. – Steve Jobs

The things I’ve done in my life have required a lot of years of work before they took off. – Steve Jobs

We’ve had one of these before, when the dot-com bubble burst. What I told our company was that we were just going to invest our way through the downturn, that we weren’t going to lay off people, that we’d taken a tremendous amount of effort to get them into Apple in the first place; the last thing we were going to do is lay them off. – Steve Jobs

Our job is to read things that are not yet on the page. – Steve Jobs

You can’t win on innovation unless you have a way to communicate it to customers. – Steve Jobs

The most powerful person in the world is the story teller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come. – Steve Jobs

Find people who are competent and really bright, but more importantly, people who care exactly about the same things you care about. – Steve Jobs

I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back. – Steve Jobs

We had nothing to lose and everything to gain. – Steve Jobs

You can’t look at the competition and say you’re going to do it better. You have to look at the competition and say you’re going to do it differently. – Steve Jobs

The most precious resource we have is time. – Steve Jobs

We make tools for people. Tools to create, tools to communicate. The age we’re living in, these tools surprise you. … That’s why I love what we do. Because we make these tools, and we’re constantly surprised with what people do with them. – Steve Jobs

We’re gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make me too products. Let some other companies do that. For us, it’s always the next dream. – Steve Jobs

I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. – Steve Jobs

The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely 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

?Experts are clueless. – Steve Jobs

The desktop metaphor was invented because one, you were a stand-alone device, and two, you had to manage your own storage. That’s a very big thing in a desktop world. And that may go away. You may not have to manage your own storage. You may not store much before too long. – Steve Jobs

My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what I try to do. – Steve Jobs

Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world. – Steve Jobs

Without death there would be very little progress. – Steve Jobs

Life is about creating and living experiences that are worth sharing. – Steve Jobs

One: demonstrations always crash. And two: the probability of them crashing goes up exponentially with the number of people watching. – Steve Jobs

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs

To go forward you have to leave something behind – Steve Jobs

I admire Mark Zuckerberg… for not selling out, for wanting to make a company. I admire that a lot. – Steve Jobs

The most important decisions you make are not the things you do, but the things you decide not to do. – Steve Jobs

And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. – 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. – Steve Jobs

If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution. – Steve Jobs

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 when you find it. – Steve Jobs

It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. – Steve Jobs

In the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits. For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you. – Steve Jobs

You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. – Steve Jobs

A small team of A+ players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players. – Steve Jobs

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. – Steve Jobs

Make it like a sunflower. – Steve Jobs

If today were my last day, would I do what I’m doing?…If the answer was ‘No’ too many days in a row, I’d make a change. – Steve Jobs

Microsoft has had two goals in the last 10 years. One was to copy the Mac, and the other was to copy Lotus’ success in the spreadsheet – basically, the applications business. And over the course of the last 10 years, Microsoft accomplished both of those goals. And now they are completely lost. – Steve Jobs

I mean, some people say, ‘Oh, God, if [Jobs] got run over by a bus, Apple would be in trouble.’ And, you know, I think it wouldn’t be a party, but there are really capable people at Apple. My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what I try to do. – Steve Jobs

You have to have a lot of passion for what you do… because if you don’t, any rational person would give up. – Steve Jobs

Do not try to do everything. Do one thing well. – Steve Jobs

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. – Steve Jobs

To follow the path that others have laid before you is a reasonable course of action; therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men. – Steve Jobs

I don’t really care about being right, I just care about success. – Steve Jobs

It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. – Steve Jobs

Overnight success stories take a long time. – Steve Jobs

Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could. – Steve Jobs

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. – Steve Jobs

You cannot mandate productivity, you must provide the tools to let people become their best. – Steve Jobs

You know we’re constantly taking. We don’t make most of the food we eat, we don’t grow it, anyway. We wear clothes other people make, we speak a language other people developed, we use a mathematics other people evolved and spent their lives building. I mean we’re constantly taking things. It’s a wonderful ecstatic feeling to create something and put it into the pool of human experience and knowledge. – Steve Jobs

One way to drive fear out of a relationship is to realize that your partner’s values are the same as yours, that what you care about is exactly what they care about. In my opinion, that drives fear out and makes for a great partnership, whether it’s a corporate partnership or a marriage. – Steve Jobs

If you’re afraid of failing you won’t get very far – Steve Jobs

We don’t have a good language to talk about this kind of thing. In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer… But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation. – Steve Jobs

Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles. – Steve Jobs

When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s where most people stop… But the really great person will keep on going and find the key, the underlying principle of the problem – and come up with an elegant, really beautiful solution that works. – Steve Jobs

As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids. – Steve Jobs

I hate it when people call themselves ‘entrepreneurs’ when what they’re really trying to do is launch a startup and then sell of go public, so they can cash in and move on. They’re unwilling to do the work it takes to build a real company, which is the hardest work in business. – Steve Jobs

Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday. – Steve Jobs

The were good times, there were hard times, but there were never bad times – Steve Jobs

You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future… 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… 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

Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect. – Steve Jobs

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs

The customer is the final inspector. – Steve Jobs

Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview. – Steve Jobs

Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs

I try to get people to see what I have. . . . When you run a computer company, you have to get people to buy into your dreams. – Steve Jobs

When you’re doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you’re not going to cheese out. If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much. – Steve Jobs

My passion has been to build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products. Everything else was secondary. Sure, it was great to make a profit, because that was what allowed you to make great products. But the products, not the profits were the motivation. – Steve Jobs

Each year has been so robust with problems and successes and learning experiences and human experienes that a year is a lifetime at Apple. So this has been ten lifetimes. – Steve Jobs

When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is, and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life. Have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around that you call life was made up by people who were no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again. – Steve Jobs

Manage the top line: your strategy, your people, and your products, and the bottom line will follow. – Steve Jobs

Focus and simplicity…once you get there, you can move mountains. – Steve Jobs

There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. – Steve Jobs

To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions. – Steve Jobs

I’m one of those people that think Thomas Edison and the light bulb changed the world more than Karl Marx ever did. – Steve Jobs

The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay. – Steve Jobs

To do anything of magnitude takes at least five years, more likely seven or eight. Rightfully or wrongfully, that’s how I think. – Steve Jobs

Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think. – Steve Jobs

Innovation is the only way to win. – Steve Jobs

Let’s make a dent in the universe – Steve Jobs

Each dream you leave behind is a part of your future that will no longer exist. – Steve Jobs

A brand is simply trust. – Steve Jobs

These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that. – Steve Jobs

Companies must have a noble cause, and it’s the leaders job to transform that noble cause into such an inspiring vision, that it will attract the most talented people in the world to want to join it. – Steve Jobs

Start small, think big. Don’t worry about too many things at once. Take a handful of simple things to begin with, and then progress to more complex ones. Think about not just tomorrow, but the future. Put a ding in the universe. – Steve Jobs

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

It [what you choose to do] has got to be something that you’re passionate about because otherwise you won’t have the perseverance to see it through. – Steve Jobs

The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work – Steve Jobs

Pursue your dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks. – Steve Jobs

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. – Steve Jobs

My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better. – Steve Jobs

Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves – Steve Jobs

Don’t let the voice of other people’s opinion drown your inner voice. – Steve Jobs

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? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life. We could be sitting in a monastery somewhere in Japan. We could be out sailing. Some of the team could be playing golf. They could be running other companies. And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. And we think it is. – Steve Jobs

We’re just enthusiastic about what we do. – Steve Jobs

I would rather gamble on our vision than make a ‘me, too’ product. – Steve Jobs

Everything is based on a simple rule: Quality is the best business plan, period. – Steve Jobs

Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. – Steve Jobs

the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. – Steve Jobs

Kick-start your brain. New ideas come from watching something, talking to people, experimenting, asking questions and getting out of the office! – Steve Jobs

Don’t just live a life; build one. – Steve Jobs

Focusing is about saying No. – Steve Jobs

Unless you’ve a lot of passion about this, you’re not gonna survive. You’re gonna give it up. So you’ve got to have an idea or a wrong that you want to right that you’re passionate about, otherwise you’re not gonna have the perseverance to stick it through. I think it’s half the battle right there. – Steve Jobs

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

Your customers don’t care about you. They don’t care about your product or service. They care about themselves, their dreams, their goals. Now, they will care much more if you help them reach their goals, and to do that, you must understand their goals, as well as their needs and deepest desires. – Steve Jobs

This revolution, the information revolution, is a revolution of free energy as well, but of another kind: free intellectual energy. – Steve Jobs

Believe things will work out. How was I ever to know that the girl who broke my heart in university would lead to my soulmate? How was I to know that the ‘dream job’ I was rejected from out of college would lead me to a year of entrepreneurship and adventure in Spain? How was I to know that taking a miserable job back in the states would be just the push I needed to vow to never do something I wasn’t passionate about again? Everything works out. I mean everything. As long as you believe it will. When you do, you will find the silver lining. That will take you to the next level. – Steve Jobs

And no, we don’t know where it will lead. We just know there’s something much bigger than any of us here. – Steve Jobs

School was pretty hard for me at the beginning. – Steve Jobs

Many companies forget what it means to make great products. After initial success, sales and marketing people take over and the product people eventually make their way out. – Steve Jobs

I sat in a garage and invented the future. – Steve Jobs

It is hard to think that a $2 billion company with 4,300-plus people couldn’t compete with six people in blue jeans. – Steve Jobs

The real art is knowing what to leave out, not what to put in. – Steve Jobs

I told [Bill Gates] I believed every word of what I said but that I should never have said it in public. I wish him 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

One of my beliefs very strongly is that any democracy depends on a free, healthy press. – Steve Jobs

Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. – Steve Jobs

There’s a phrase in Buddhism, ‘Beginner’s mind.’ It’s wonderful to have a beginner’s mind. – Steve Jobs

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. – Steve Jobs

You need to have a collaborative hiring process. – Steve Jobs

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