Monday, April 03, 2006

Steve Jobs' Best Quotes Ever

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Today, I found a very interesting and enlightening article written by *Owen Linzmayer at
Celebratingthe 30th anniversary of Apple Computer, hereby would I like to sharesome of the most brilliant and indicating (sometimes, even suggesting,in a way as you might guess) quotes which have come out of the mouth ofSteve Jobs; one of the co-founders of Apple Computer, Inc.

*Linzmayeris author of Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of theWorld's Most Colorful Company (No Starch Press, 2004, ISBN1-59327-010-0).

The following are series of quotes in the artcle captured my mind.

Steve Jobs' Best Quotes Ever/
By Owen Linzmayer 02:00 AM Mar, 29, 2006,70512-0.html

"...TheCEO of Apple Computer is a master of hype, hyperbole and the catchyphrase. Even when he's trying to talk normally, brilliant verbiagecomes tumbling out..."

On Innovation and Design:

"Innovationhas nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Applecame up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more onR&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, howyou're led, and how much you get it."
-- Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998

"It'sreally hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, peopledon't know what they want until you show it to them."
-- BusinessWeek, May 25 1998

"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."
-- BusinessWeek Online, Oct. 12, 2004

Greatest Sales Lines Ever:

"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?"
-- The line he used to lure John Sculley as Apple's CEO, according to Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple, by John Sculley and John Byrne

"What'snew is this amazingly efficient distribution system for stolen propertycalled the internet -- and no one's gonna shut down the internet."
-- On how he sold iTMS to the music industry, Rolling Stone, Dec. 3, 2003

On Life's Lessons:

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy."
-- Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple

"Ifeel like somebody just punched me in the stomach and knocked all mywind out. I'm only 30 years old and I want to have a chance to continuecreating things. I know I've got at least one more great computer inme. And Apple is not going to give me a chance to do that."
-- Playboy, September 1987

"I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year.... It's very character-building."
-- Apple Confidential 2.0

"Ididn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple wasthe best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness ofbeing successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginneragain, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the mostcreative periods of my life."
-- Stanford University Commencement address, June 12, 2005

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