My Favorite Steve Jobs Quote

by Sam Dean - Oct. 07, 2011Comments (4)

Many times here on OStatic, we've noted how much overlap there is between the open source community and the Apple community. There is something about the free thinking that goes on in both communities that forms a kind of bridge between them, and Apple's visionary co-founder Steve Jobs had everything to do with that. I was very sad to learn of his passing this week, and am thankful for many of the great inventions that he sent my way. As much as I love the inventions, though, I will always remember Steve Jobs for a particularly striking quote of his, and here is why it may stay with you too if you've never heard it.

Jobs, of course, is famous for many things, including his "Think Different" philosophy, which, notably, he didn't just come up with for advertising reasons late in his life. On the contrary, he dropped out of college before finishing half a year and embarked on a lifetime of thinking different.  In my favorite quote of his, which he delivered during a commencement address, he echoed the Think Different mantra. Here's the great quote, which is part of the culture at Apple:

"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. 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."

You are already naked. Isn't it striking how he snuck that statement in in such a writerly way right in the middle of his thought?

Without a doubt, Jobs left Apple in a good position and in capable hands. CEO Tim Cook has said that he will honor jobs by continuing to do the work that he loved. And, having been to see Jobs at many a MacWorld event, it was clear that he did love it. It's also clear from the quote above that he had confronted death years before it was his time.

We won't see another one like Steve Jobs.


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Finally after my repeated comments (which have been removed again and again) ostatic publishes article on Steve Jobs.But its too little too late :(

Open source based site doesnt mean you should be cold hearted not to mention about Job's demise. Dont forget webkit.

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Well said. Yes, Apple has undeniably changed the world for the better. PCs, phones, mobile computing, music, animated films, etc. would never be where they are if it wasn't for Jobs...

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@anonymous, our automatic spam filters may have trapped some of your comments in the past. We have been huge admirers of Steve Jobs and his work, and have, in the past, published several articles on Apple (do visit our archives). Unfortunately, no amount of praise from us would be considered enough! He has truly left a dent in the universe, and his contributions continue to inspire us and millions more.

Do keep posting. Apologies that some of your comments did not make it. We do not remove comments unless they are flagged as offensive, or are obvious spam comments.

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@Ostatic Thanks for taking note of my comment and responding to it. Appreciate it.

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