30 Steve Jobs Quotes on Ingenuity and Never Giving Up


Finding the initiative to pursue your dream is hard work in itself. Doubts are constant and fear is always crippling. Resources could be limited and opportunities scarce. The question remains, though: Are you willing to try? In this world of uncertainty, it always starts with trying. These 30 Steve Job quotes may inspire you to make things happen.

Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955. He attended Reed College in 1972 but dropped out that same year. A few years later in 1976, Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple with the Apple I personal computer. Huge success followed with the launch of Apple II. Jobs continued his work in the 1980s during which the unsuccessful Apple Lisa was released.

Despite this setback, Jobs worked on the existing Macintosh project, which performed substantially better in sales than its predecessor. Macintosh became the first mass-produced computer with a graphical user interface. This technological breakthrough also introduced desktop publishing.

While Jobs pioneered the revolution of personal computers during this period, he was fired from Apple in 1985. He was unstoppable, nonetheless, as he founded computer platform development company NeXT. He also significantly contributed in the development of visual effects when he invested in Lucasfilm’s graphics division, which became a company now known as Pixar.

In 1997, Apple acquired NeXT with Jobs regaining his status in the company. At the verge of bankruptcy, he jumpstarted Apple’s revival by developing a fresh line of products with greater cultural impact. His leadership, initiative, and creative genius ultimately resulted to the creation of iMac, iTunes, iTunes Store, Apple Store, iPod, iPhone, App Store, and the iPad.

Here are 30 Steve Jobs quotes to inspire you to discover your passion, believe in yourself, and do the work.

Steve Jobs Quotes

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. – Steve Jobs

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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. – Steve Jobs

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. – Steve Jobs

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If you’re gonna make connections which are innovative… you have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else does. – Steve Jobs

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. – Steve Jobs

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Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. – Steve Jobs

For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through. – Steve Jobs

Stay hungry, stay foolish. – Steve Jobs

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My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each others’ negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. – Steve Jobs

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. – Steve Jobs

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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. – Steve Jobs

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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? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life. – Steve Jobs

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. – Steve Jobs

I believe life is an intelligent thing: that things aren’t random. – Steve Jobs

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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. – Steve Jobs

It’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy. – Steve Jobs

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. – Steve Jobs

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

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. – Steve Jobs

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs

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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. – Steve Jobs

Older people sit down and ask, ‘What is it?’ but the boy asks, ‘What can I do with it?’. – Steve Jobs

I want to put a ding in the universe. – Steve Jobs

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Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because 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. – Steve Jobs

The hardest thing when you think about focusing. You think focusing is about saying “Yes.” No. Focusing is about saying “No.” And when you say “No,” you piss off people.  – Steve Jobs

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs

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I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do. – Steve Jobs

Things don’t have to change the world to be important. – Steve Jobs

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I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed. – Steve Jobs

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. – Steve Jobs

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