But I think the things you most regret in life are things you didn’t do. What you really regret was never asking that girl to dance. In business, if I knew earlier what I know now, I’d have probably done some things a lot better than I did, but I also would’ve probably done some other things a lot worse. But so what? It’s more important to be engaged in the present.
Steve Jobs, 1998
I was worth about over a million dollars when I was 23 and over ten million dollars when I was 24, and over a hundred million dollars when I was 25 and… it wasn’t that important, because I never did it for the money.
Steve Jobs, 1995
When people look at an iMac, they think the design is really great, but most people don’t understand it’s not skin deep,’ he said. ‘There’s a reason why, after two years, people haven’t been able to copy the iMac. It’s not just surface. The reason the iMac doesn’t have a fan is engineering. It took a ton of engineering and that’s true for the Cube and everything else.
Steve Jobs, 2000
I don’t think much about my time of life. I just get up in the morning and it’s a new day. Somebody told me when I was 17 to live each day as if it were my last, and that one day I’d be right. I am at a stage where I don’t have to do things just to get by. But then I’ve always been that way because I’ve never really cared about money that much. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I feel the same way now as I felt when I was 17.
Steve Jobs, 1998
I was very lucky to grow up in a time when music really mattered. It wasn’t just something in the background; it really mattered to a generation of kids growing up. It really changed the world.
Steve Jobs, 2006
A computer frees people from much of the menial work. Besides that, you are giving them a tool that encourages them to be creative. Remember, computers are tools. Tools help us do our work better.
Steve Jobs, 1985
We’ve got really capable people at Apple. I made Tim [Cook] COO and gave him the Mac division and he’s done brilliantly. I mean, some people say, ‘Oh, God, if I 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. And the board would have some good choices about who to pick as CEO. My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what I try to do.
Steve Jobs, 2008