(of NeXT) The machines were the best in the world. Believe it or not, they are selling on the used market today in some cases for more that we sold them originally.
Macintosh was basically this relatively small company in Cupertino California taking on the Goliath IBM and saying “Wait a minute, your way is wrong”. This is not what we want computers to go, this is not our legacy, this is not what we want our kids to be learning. This is wrong and we’re going to show you the right way to do it. And here it is, it’s called Macintosh and it’s so much better that it’s going to beat you. And we’re gonna do it. And that’s what Apple stood for.
The Macintosh will die, in another few years and it’s really sad. And the problem is, the recipe for how to create the next Macintosh – no one at Apple has a clue because no one running any parts of Apple was there when the Macintosh was made.
Steve Jobs, 1990
I’m absolutely convinced that by no means it’s (technology) the most important thing. The most important thing is another person. Another person that entice your curiosity, that guides your curiosity, that feeds your curiosity. And machines cannot do that the same way people can.
If you talk to people who have used a Macintosh, they love it. You don’t hear people loving products very often.
Steve Jobs, 1994
I formed a small team to do the Macintosh. We were on a mission from God to save Apple.
Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this and I found it fascinating. None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.
Steve Jobs, 2005