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  1. Steve Jobs: Introduction
  2. Steve Jobs: Early Life and Education
  3. Steve Jobs: Success Story
  4. Steve Jobs: Net Worth
  5. Steve Jobs: Famous or Infamous
  6. Steve Jobs: Most Influential Quotes

Steve Job is probably the most famous tech entrepreneur in the world. Here are some of his most famous quotes.

Steve Jobs on Money and Success

"Bottom line is, I didn't return to Apple to make a fortune. I've been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn't going to let it ruin my life. There's no way you could ever spend it all, and I don't view wealth as something that validates my intelligence." Jobs on the place to which he felt he needed to relegate money for his own health and sanity.

"I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life." Jobs on how apparent setbacks can allow us to do even more important things.

"My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each others' negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts." Jobs on a high-functional organizational structure.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.” Jobs on how creativity works. (Read more: How Steve Jobs Changed The World.)

Steve Jobs on Technology

"I think it's brought the world a lot closer together, and will continue to do that. There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I've ever seen is called television – but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent." Jobs on the effect of technology on society and the human experience.

"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it." Jobs on how and how not to create creativity.

"Basically, Steve Wozniak and I invented the Apple because we wanted a personal computer. Not only couldn't we afford the computers that were on the market, those computers were impractical for us to use.” Jobs on the personal need that the early Apple computers addressed.

“Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.” Jobs on working with people.

Steve Jobs on the Big Issues

"I believe life is an intelligent thing: that things aren't random." Jobs on the arrangement of matter and energy in the sensible universe.

"And no, we don't know where it will lead. We just know there's something much bigger than any of us here." Jobs on the process of discovery and innovation and the form with which it imbues history.

"Older people sit down and ask, 'What is it?' but the boy asks, 'What can I do with it?'” Jobs on the willingness, adaptability and the hope presented by the young.

“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.” Jobs on the importance of finding a vocation and not simply a way to earn a living.

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” Jobs on how he knows when to walk away from a venture.


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