Steve Jobs was fascinated by computers from a young age, and the first time he encountered a rudimentary mouse-based system at the Xerox (NYSE:XRX) PARC facility in 1979, he knew the future of computing. And he wanted to be at the center of it.
It wasn't long after that his young start-up, Apple Computers, developed a machine that would revolutionize the computing world. Along the way he captured the hearts and imaginations of people everywhere -- developing products people didn't even know they needed -- and berating any employee who didn't meet his standard of excellence.
Today, Apple sets the standard for what a personal computer can be and do. As the genius behind Apple steps down, his replacement, Tim Cook, will have big shoes to fill.
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.
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's a lot we can all learn from Steve Jobs -- from his '60s-style idealism to his '80s-style business savvy -- and to start with, here are 3 Sample inspirational quotes from the mastermind of the personal computer. Download the App to get all Steve Jobs Quotes & send them to friends via twitter, facebook, text message, email & text message.
JOBS ON THE MEANING OF DESIGN
"In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. it's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service."
JOBS ON APPLE'S BUSINESS STRATEGY
"A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets."
JOBS ON HOW TO LIVE 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 other's 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 THE MEANING OF DESIGN, AGAIN
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
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