16 of The Most Inspiring Steve Jobs Quotes

16 of The Most Inspiring Steve Jobs Quotes

By Jamie Matthewman
August 31st, 2013

Steve Jobs was a genius of our time, a visionary who’s ideas and creations have changed the way many of us think about life and business, how we communicate and share information. How we live. His achievements, wisdom and perspective on life mean, he’ll remain one of the most quoted men in history.

There are so many Steve Jobs quotes to choose from, but these 16 most inspiring Steve Jobs quotes profoundly share his indomitable spirit and hint at how he thought about life and success.

Take away a scent of what he’s getting at in these quotes and you’ll live an inspired life. Except for the final quote, they need no further commentary – they speak for themselves.

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 had been ‘No’, for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something

Again, 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.

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

When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life and try not to bash into the walls too much…that’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact—everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you…shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just going to live in it versus make your mark upon it. Once you learn that, you will never be the same again. Don’t just live a life; build one.

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… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.

I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do

It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy

I was worth about over a million dollars when I was twenty-three and over ten million dollars when I was twenty-four, and over a hundred million dollars when I was twenty-five and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money. 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.

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know?

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

13). My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.

Don’t let the voice of others drown out your inner voice

The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work


These were Steve Jobs last words on 5 October 2011, as reported by his sister Mona Simpson in her eulogy for her brother on 16 October 2011, at his memorial service at the Memorial Church of Stanford University; presented in the New York Times (30 October 2011). According to Ms. Simpson, these words were spoken before his death, after “he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.” Thank you Steve.

What are some of your favourite Steve Jobs quotes?

Jamie Matthewman

About Jamie Matthewman

Jamie is the founder, main contributor and editor of The Inspired Man.

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