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These should be added in wired mag - Ravedave


Hi wiki partners!

I would like explain the removal of the quote "If you want it, you can fly, you just have to trust you a lot". This was a prank born in 2011 by chilean bloger at the moment Jobs dies. The quote was actually take from the song (latino version song) Digimon. The famous newspaper "el Mundo" just copy the false quote from our wiki in spanish and, untill a year ago, nobody realice it was false. From our wiki, was already erased. This is an article that explains the prank, ( Saludos to everyone


Most of the citations in this article are woefully inadequate. Citations for newspaper or magazine articles should include, at a minimum, the title of the article in which they appeared and the name of the interviewer. The {{cite news}} template will help ensure consistent formatting. 121a0012 00:19, 26 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Computers are Bicycles for our Minds"[edit]

Hi, I came across the following video over Yahoo:, which shows Steve jobs saying exactly the following: "What a Computer is to me: is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with, and it is like the equivalent of a bicycle to our minds". He said it in reference to some university students studying movement efficiencies of different animals, humans came somewhere in the bottom ten and then one of the students decided to put a human on a bicycle and it came somewhere in the top ten. This was what prompted the "bicycle for our minds quote"

I think accordingly we can rewrite the quote and cite it, or at least just cite it, and thus move it in sourced quotes. Regards --Goarany 05:55, 30 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Steve Jobs repeatedly quoted this Scientific American study about human locomotion. For example at 5:22 here: and here. --Chris Murphy (talk) 08:15, 1 May 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Lack of "Boom"[edit]

This quotes list needs more "boom!".

I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check[edit]

The quote "I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If that was the case, Microsoft would have great products." is mentioned twice i was just thinking that might be need to be fixed. -- 17:20, 11 September 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It Looked A Lot Better Before[edit]

The sourced section of this article used to be divided into sections, such as "On Innovation and Design," "On Fixing Apple," "Taking the Fight to the Enemy," and others. Now it is compressed into one large section with certain arbitrary quotes in bold. It looks like one big, hard-to-read mess.

I vote that we return the old sections to the sourced quotes and make this article easy to read again.

Although you might favor the old way of categorizing the sourced quotes, this does not conform to the established template for people pages. It also introduces an inherent point of view, which we try to avoid - different people will have a different idea on how to categorize the quotes (similar problems crop up on theme pages). See Wikiquote:Village_pump#Subdivisions_of_sourced_quotes_by_theme for more. ~ UDScott 12:43, 6 June 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable and precise source for any quote on this list please move it to Steve Jobs. --Antiquary 19:39, 24 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Apple's market share is bigger than BMW's or Mercedes's or Porsche's in the automotive market. What's wrong with being BMW or Mercedes?
  • Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.
  • Better to be a pirate than to join the navy.
    • Said in conjunction with a pirate flag that flew over the Macintosh development building on Apple's campus in 1983.
  • I tend to stay where I start until somebody kicks me out.
    • On the Charlie Rose Show (need some dating of this)
  • I want a mouse for $10 that can be mass-produced, because it’s going to be the primary interface of the computer of the future.
    • Statement after visiting PARC in 1980.
  • Innovation is the distinction between a leader and a follower.
  • It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we'd given customers what they said they wanted, we'd have built a computer they'd have been happy with a year after we spoke to them — not something they'd want now.
  • Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation.
  • Real artists ship.
  • Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
  • We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?
    • I suspect this may come from someone misremembering or improvising on "I want to put a ding in the universe," which is attributed to him in Julia Vitullo-Martin and J. Robert Moskin's The Executive's Book of Quotations (1994) (with an interesting explanation of what "ding" means). They cite Phil Patton's Made in U.S.A. (1993) which has the quote on the page they cite, but Google Books only offers a snippet view that doesn't include the quote, making it hard to trace any further. --Hughh (talk) 22:06, 24 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.
  • You know, we don't grow most of the food we eat. We wear clothes other people make. We speak a language that other people developed. We use a mathematics that other people evolved... I mean, we're constantly taking things. It's a wonderful, ecstatic feeling to create something that puts it back in the pool of human experience and knowledge.
  • You think it's a conspiracy by the networks to put bad shows on TV. But the shows are bad because that's what people want. It's not like Windows users don't have any power. I think they are happy with Windows, and that's an incredibly depressing thought.
  • Blu-ray is just a bag of hurt.
    • At the "The spotlight turns to notebooks" event on October 14, 2008
  • The G4 Cube is simply the coolest computer ever. An entirely new class of computer, it marries the Pentium-crushing performance of the Power Mac G4 with the miniaturization, silent operation and elegant desktop design of the iMac. It is an amazing engineering and design feat, and we're thrilled to finally unveil it to our customers.
    • At the Macworld Expo (2000-07-19)
  • You had me at scrolling.
    • On the features of the iPhone at its introduction at Macworld '07
  • The art of those commercials is not to be mean, but it is actually for the guys to like each other.
    • On the "P.C. and Mac" commercials, at the All Things Digital Conference 5 (30 May 2007)
  • Gil was a nice guy but he had a saying, "Apple is like a ship with a hole in the bottom, leaking water, and my job is to get the ship pointed in the right direction."
    • On taking over Apple from Gil Amelio, at the D5 Conference (30 May 2007).
  • Change your apps name. Not that big of a deal. (2 November 2009)
    • The flippant reply to the iPodRip developers regarding a request by Apple to change their name.
  • It's Magical. Magical...
    • iPad launch when talking about the new product.
  • Dream bigger
    • Jobs' response to a Disney Executive charged with revitalizing Disney stores who turned to Jobs for advice.
  • People attach themselves to something, then loose it. when people fail at trying to recreate what they once had, they will do anything to go back to it

I added a quote from this book. I have not asked the permission. I expect that one sentence quote is ok? Watti Renew (talk) 18:20, 23 November 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2005 Stanford Commencement Address[edit]

The text that Stanford published is a 'Prepared Text' of his commencement address and does not represent a transcription of what Jobs actually spoke. Perhaps what Stanford published was a draft submitted to the university by Jobs? Its significant because a couple of sentences are left out of the 'Prepared Text' plus there are other discrepancies. For example, Jobs never spoke the following sentence and yet it has been quoted in over 40 books and tens of thousands of web pages. "This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." For an accurate transcript, go here --Chris Murphy (talk) 08:33, 1 May 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Full "Microsoft has no taste" quote[edit]

"Microsoft's orbit was made possible by a Saturn V booster called IBM. And I know Bill would get upset with me for saying this, but of course it was true. And... much to Bill and Microsoft's credit, they used that fantastic opportunity to create more opportunity for themselves.

Most people don't remember, but until 1984 with the Mac, Microsoft was not in the applications business. It was dominated by Lotus. And Microsoft took a big gamble to write for the Mac, and they came out with applications that were terrible. But they kept at it and they made them better. And eventually they dominated the Macintosh application market, and then used a springboard of Windows to get into the PC market with those same applications. And now they dominate the applications in the PC space too.

So they have two characteristics — I think they're very strong opportunists — and I don't mean that in a bad way. And two, they're like the Japanese, they just keep on coming. Now they were able to do that because of the revenue stream from the IBM deal. But nonetheless, they made the most of it. And I give them a lot of credit for that.

The only problem with Microsoft is, they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste, and what that means is — I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way. In the sense that they don't think of original ideas and they don't bring much culture into their product. And you say, why is that important? You know, proportionally spaced fonts come from type-setting and beautiful books, that's where one gets the idea. If it weren’t for the Mac, they would never have that in their products.

So I guess I am saddened, not by Microsoft's success, I have no problem with their success. They've earned their success, for the most part. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third-rate products. Their products have no spirit to them. Their products have no sort of spirit of enlightenment about them. They are very pedestrian.

And the sad part is that most customers don't have a lot of that spirit either. But the way we're gonna ratchet up our species is to take the best and to spread it around to everybody, so that everybody grows up with better things and starts to understand the subtlety of these better things. And Microsoft's just, you know, McDonald's. So that's what saddens me. Not that Microsoft has won, but that Microsoft's products don't display more insight and more creativity."

Source: video, transcript.