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Steve Jobs' top 10 best quotes

Wise words from Apple's magical former CEO
Fri Aug 26 2011, 14:55

IN HONOUR of his resignation as Apple's CEO, the INQUIRER has compiled some of Steve Jobs' best quotes, well at least our favourite ones. So here are some of the great man's thoughts on a variety of topics.

"One of the two or three most important things [I've] done in [my] life."

On Bob Dylan (and bootlegging music):
"Steve Wozniak turned me on to him. I was probably ... oh ... maybe 13, 14. We ended up meeting this guy who had every bootleg tape in the world. He was a guy that actually put out a newsletter on Bob Dylan. He was really into it - his whole life was about Bob Dylan. But he had the best bootlegs - even better stuff than you can get today that's been released. He had amazing stuff. And so we had our room full of tapes of Bob Dylan that we copied."

In response to a customer query about infamous Iphone signal problems:
"Just avoid holding it in that way."

Responding to a student asking for help with their thesis:
"Our goals do not include helping you get a good grade. Sorry."

On not being in it for the cash:
"Apple's goal isn't to make money. Our goal is to design and develop and bring to market good products... We trust as a consequence of that, people will like them, and as another consequence, we'll make some money. But we're really clear about what our goals are."

On his role at Apple:
"I mean, some people say, 'Oh, God, if [Steve Jobs] got run over by a bus, Apple would be in trouble.' And, you know, I think it wouldn't be a party, but there are really capable people at Apple."

On the release of the Macintosh in 1984:
"We're gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make 'me too' products. Let some other companies do that. For us, it's always the next dream."

On being fired by Apple:
"[It] 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.[...] It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith."

On his $1 a year salary::
"I make 50 cents for showing up ... and the other 50 cents is based on my performance."

And finally:
"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as CEO of Apple." µ


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