Best Quotes from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs, A Book by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: One of the best innovators of all time, a person who changed the world single-handedly, forever. A man whose aura and influence was so strong that anyone, almost anyone could get intimidated by him. The story of Steve Jobs is a great story to tell and his work and life has inspired millions of people.

Here are the Best quotes from this wonderful book on his life by Walter Isaacson:


“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


“I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.”- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


“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. The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to say, “Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.” And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently.- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


“Some people say, “Give the customers what they want.” But that’s not my approach. Out job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they do. I think Henry Ford once said, “If I’d asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, ‘A faster horse!'” People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


“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.”- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


“You should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”


“In the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits. For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you.”


“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”


“Simplicity isn’t just a visual style. It’s not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep.”


“The main thing in our design is that we have to make things intuitively obvious.”


“Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work.”


“Western rational thought is not an innate human characterstic; it is learned and is the great achievement of western civilization. In the villages of India, they never learned it. They learned something else, which is in some ways just as valuable but in other ways is not. That’s the power of intuition and experiential wisdom.”- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


“I watched people at Apple who made lots of money and felt they had to live differently. Some of them bought Rolls-Royce and various houses, each house with a manager and then someone to manage the house managers. Their wives got plastic surgery and turnd into these bizzare people. This was not how I wanted to live. It’s crazy. I made a promise to myself that I am not going to let this money ruin my life.“- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


“I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics. Then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who could stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that’s what I wanted to do.”- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important — creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”


 “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.”


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