The First Glimpse
Most of what I know about Steve Jobs I know from this book. I feel Steve Jobs is one of the greatest individuals of all time. This book did a lot to influence and cement that opinion. Looking back, I find it hard to believe there was once a time when I was not even aware of him.
Steve Jobs was about love and passion for one single-minded devotion: creating the best technological products possible. This is why I feel so strongly about Steve Jobs. It was never about making money, or grabbing power, or some other lesser, entirely meaningless thing. It was love manifested in Apple.
I am thankful that Walter Isaacson agreed to write this book and even more grateful to Steve Jobs for allowing us a glimpse into his life through this biography. Knowing that there were people who felt so passionately about doing great work and found ways to do it against all odds gives us all hope.
“She has known the innocence and insouciance of childhood, the passion and abandon of youth, and the ripe wisdom of maturity that comes from long experience of pain and pleasure; and over and over again she has renewed her childhood and youth and age.”
— Jawaharlal Nehru
“I ignore polling as a method of government. I think that shows a certain weakness of mind - an inability to chart a course whichever way the wind blows, whichever way the media encourages the people to go, you follow. If you can’t force or are unwilling to force your people to follow you, with or without threats, you are not a leader.”
— Lee Kuan Yew
“You are born with a particular makeup and tendencies that mark you as a piece of fate. It is who you are to the core. Some people never become who they are; they stop trusting in themselves; they conform to the tastes of others, and they end up wearing a mask that hides their true nature. If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become—an individual, a Master.”
— Robert Greene
“In your life, there are going to be constant demands for your time and attention. How are you going to decide which of those demands gets resources? The trap many people fall into is to allocate their time to whoever screams loudest, and their talent to whatever offers them the fastest reward. That’s a dangerous way to build a strategy.”
— Clayton M. Christensen
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual.
So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.”
— Carl Sagan
“In the most abstract fields—music, mathematics, physics, even chess—the young thrive. Child prodigies are not quite common, but they turn up regularly. Perhaps it makes sense that if a Mozart or a Bobby Fischer were to appear anywhere, it would be in a self-contained field that does not require insight into the quirks of human psychology. We are unlikely ever to meet a twelve-year-old Tolstoy.”
— Edward Dolnick