Steve Jobs’ 50 Best Quotes

Steve Jobs giving an inspirational speech

Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple, left a legacy filled with insightful quotes that continue to inspire millions around the globe. Whether you’re searching for motivation, guidance, or a fresh perspective on success and innovation, his words have something for everyone. This article compiles 50 of Steve Jobs’ best quotes, offering a glimpse into the mindset of a man who changed technology and the world.

  1. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  2. “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.” – Steve Jobs
  3. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
  4. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs
  5. “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.” – Steve Jobs
  6. “I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs
  7. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
  8. “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
  9. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs
  10. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs
  11. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  12. “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” – Steve Jobs
  13. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs
  14. “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.” – Steve Jobs
  15. “Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” – Steve Jobs
  16. “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” – Steve Jobs
  17. “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” – Steve Jobs
  18. “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.” – Steve Jobs
  19. “Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs
  20. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs
  21. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs
  22. “It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.” – Steve Jobs
  23. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Steve Jobs
  24. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs
  25. “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else even be here?” – Steve Jobs
  26. “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.” – Steve Jobs
  27. “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” – Steve Jobs
  28. “I believe life is an intelligent thing: that things aren’t random.” – Steve Jobs
  29. “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.” – Steve Jobs
  30. “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.” – Steve Jobs
  31. “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” – Steve Jobs
  32. “Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” – Steve Jobs
  33. “We’re just enthusiastic about what we do.” – Steve Jobs
  34. “Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.” – Steve Jobs
  35. “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. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs
  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.” – Steve Jobs
  37. “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.” – Steve Jobs
  38. “You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.” – Steve Jobs
  39. “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.” – Steve Jobs
  40. “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.” – Steve Jobs
  41. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” – Steve Jobs
  42. “I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life.” – Steve Jobs
  43. “Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
  44. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” – Steve Jobs
  45. “Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.” – Steve Jobs
  46. “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?” – Steve Jobs
  47. “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” – Steve Jobs
  48. “Creativity is just connecting things.” – Steve Jobs
  49. “And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  50. “You have to have a lot of passion for what you do… because if you don’t, any rational person would give up.” – Steve Jobs

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