Steve Jobs

60 Steve Jobs Quotes About Technology And Success

Discover 60 inspirational Steve Jobs quotes that will help you work better and smarter

60 Steve Jobs Quotes About Technology And Success

Many things can be said about Steve Jobs: he was a visionary, a maverick, a tech genius, and an incredible leader.


The world was introduced to Steve Jobs through the Apple Inc. brand and its revolutionary products.


The Steve Jobs quotes below serve as a reminder for all of us on how inspiring he was and how he didn’t hesitate to take big risks. Jobs recovered from defeat time and time again to become more successful than before.


Despite his unconventional methods, he knew how to lead others to achieve the impossible”.

1"Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right."

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

3Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.

4“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.”

5“The doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change this industry are both the thinker and doer in one person.”

6“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.”

7“I’m actually as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.”

8“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.”

9“In the broadest context, the goal is to seek enlightenment – however you define it.”

10“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.”

11“You have to believe that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

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

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

14“If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail.”

15“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”

16“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

17“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”

18“Don’t let the noise of other’s’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

19“Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing.”

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

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.”

22“When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can oftentimes arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there. We believe that customers are smart, and want objects which are well thought through.”

23“It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.”

2424. “I don’t really care about being right, I just care about success. You’ll find a lot of people that will tell you I had a very strong opinion, and they presented evidence to the contrary and five minutes later I changed my mind. I don’t mind being wrong, and I’ll admit that I’m wrong a lot. It doesn’t really matter to me too much. What matters to me is that we do the right thing.”

25“You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

26“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life.”

27“You think, well, focusing is saying yes. No, focusing is about saying no. Focusing is about saying no. And you’ve got to say no, no, no. When you say no, you piss off people.”

28“If today were the last of your life, would you do what you were going to do today?”

29“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. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

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

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

32“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.”

33“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.”

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

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

36“You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.”

37“People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”

38“One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.”

39“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently; they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things.”

40“I always advise people – Don’t wait! Do something when you are young, when you have nothing to lose, and keep that in mind.”

41“Don’t take it all too seriously. 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.”

42"Without death, there would be very little progress."

43"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, 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."

44"You’ve got to have an idea, or a problem or a wrong that you want to right that you’re passionate about, otherwise you’re not going to have the perseverance to stick it through. I think that’s half the battle right there."

45"Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."

46"You get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going."

47"My job is to say when something sucks rather than sugarcoat it."

48“There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

49“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…”

50“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”

51“If you want it, you can fly, you just have to trust you a lot.”

52“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.”

53“If you act like you can do something, then it will work.”

54“I can tell you this: I’ve been married for 8 years, and that’s had a really good influence on me. I’ve been very lucky, through random happenstance I just happened to sit next to this wonderful woman who became my wife. And it was a big deal. We have 3 kids, and it’s been a big deal. You see the world differently.”

55“Most people don’t get those experiences because they never ask. I’ve never found anybody that didn’t want to help me if I asked them for help.”

56“You gotta act. And you’ve gotta be willing to fail, you gotta be ready to crash and burn, with people on the phone, with starting a company, with whatever. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

57“No, we don’t know where it will lead. We just know there’s something much bigger than any of us here.”

58“If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast.”

59“We have wonderful arguments. […] If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decisions and you have to, you have to be run by ideas, not hierarchy. The best ideas have to win, otherwise, good people don’t stay.”

60“What I’m best at doing is finding a group of talented people and making things with them.”