Inspiration, Success

50 Inspirational Quotes by Steve Jobs

Best Steve Jobs Quotes

Steve Jobs, the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. was as American entrepreneur, investor and marketer. He was the CEO of Pixar Animation Studio as well. He was the largest individual share holder of Walt Disney. He has been considered to be the leading figure in entertainment as well as computer industry. Some of the inspirational and success quotes by Steve Jobs are here for you.


01. “I’m not dismissing the value of higher education; I’m simply saying it comes at the expense of experience.”

02. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

03. “The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too.”

04. “I want to put a ding in the universe.”

05. “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.”

06. “How does somebody know what they want if they haven’t even seen it?”

07. “Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”

08. “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that 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.”

09. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”

10. “I would rather gamble on our vision than make a ‘me, too’ product.”

11. “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”

12. “We’ve got to make the small things unforgettable.”

13. “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”

14. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.”

15. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

16. “You’ve got to have a problem that you want to solve; a wrong that you want to right.”

17. “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

18. “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.”

19. “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.”

20. “In your life you only get to do so many things and right now we’ve chosen to do this, so let’s make it great.”

21. “Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.”

22. “If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.”

23. “You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog shit for frosting.”

24. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

25. “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.”

26. “I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.”

27. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

28. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

29. “Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

30. “What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

31. “It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.”

32. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

33. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

34. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

35. “If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.”

36. “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

37. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

38. “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.”

39. “Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”

40. “Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”

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

42. “It’s not a faith in technology. It’s faith in people.”

43. “Older people sit down and ask, ‘What is it?’ but the boy asks, ‘What can I do with it?’.”

44. “We’re just enthusiastic about what we do.”

45. “This is what customers pay us for - to sweat all these details so it’s easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. We’re supposed to be really good at this. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to customers, but it’s hard for them to tell you what they want when they’ve never seen anything remotely like it.”

46. “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.”

47. “For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”

48. “Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest.”

49. “I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much - if at all.”

50. “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”