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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

Well, my favorite things in life are books, sushi and … My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. As it is, I pay a price by not having much of a personal life.

Steve Jobs, 1985

My heroes, Dave Packard, for example, left all his money to his foundation; Bob Noyce (the late co-founder of Intel0 was another. I’m old enough to have been able to know these guys. I met Andy Grove when I was 21. I called him and told him I’d heard he was really good at operations and asked if I could take him out to lunch. I did that with others too. These guys were all company builders, and the gestalt of Silicon Valley at that time made a big impression on me. There are people around here who start companies just to make money, but the great companies, well, that’s not what they’re about.

Steve Jobs, 1998

(about Listen.com saying that downloading isn’t the most popular feature on their music service Rhapsody) Well, that’s correct. Downloading sucks on their service. You download a track and you can’t burn it to a CD without paying them more money, you can’t put it on your MP3 player, you can’t put it on multiple computers, it sucks! So of course nobody downloads! You pay extra to download even on top of subscription fees. No wonder they have hardly any download traffic, [they] hardly even have any subscribers.

Steve Jobs, 2003

Companies, as they grow to become multibillion-dollar entities, somehow lose their vision. They insert lots of layers of middle management between the people running the company and the people doing the work. They no longer have an inherent feel or a passion about the products. The creative people, who are the ones who care passionately, have to persuade five layers of management to do what they know is the right thing to do.

Steve Jobs, 1985