Just being the seeker, somebody whose open to spiritual enlightenment, is in itself the important thing and it's the reward for being a seeker in this world.— Walter Isaacson
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I hope that some day scientists can be considered heroes again, instead of Paris Hilton.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.
...never let a passion for the perfect take precedence over pragmatism.
i had no idea what i wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out.
One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.
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Smart people are a dime a dozen. What matters is the ability to think different... to think out of the box.
I think one problem we've had is that people who are smart and creative and innovative as engineers went into financial engineering.
People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.
Picasso had a saying - 'good artists copy, great artists steal' - and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.
I think that genius comes not just from having great mental processing power.
It comes from being able to, as Steve Jobs' ad said, think different.
The older I get, the more I see how much motivations matter.
The Zune was crappy because the people at Microsoft don’t really love music or art the way we do. We won because we personally love music.
He said, 'From then on, I realized that I was not just abandoned.
I was chosen. I was special.' And I think that's the key to understanding Steve Jobs.
I think when money starts to corrupt journalism, it undermines the journalism, and it undermines the credibility of the product, and you end up not succeeding.
I think right now we need to look back at the founding values of our country.
Rise above partisanship, be less bitter when it comes to important matters that have to be solved.
Physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky action at a distance.
For some people, miracles serve as evidence of God's existence.
You know, one of these things that happened in the '60s and '70s was this confluence of, sort of, a counter-culture with computer culture.
When there are multiple versions of a story, you really have three ways to go.
You can pick the most sensational version. You can try to balance things in your gut to get to what you think is the honest truth. Or you can err on the side of kindness.
The Mona Lisa, to me, is the greatest emotional painting ever done.
The way the smile flickers makes it a work of both art and science, because Leonardo understood optics, and the muscles of the lips, and how light strikes the eye - all of it goes into making the Mona Lisa's smile so mysterious and elusive.
I actually think Bill Gates is conventionally smarter, even though it's a dumb word, but mental processing power - I've watched him use four different screens, process information, get to the right answer, boom boom boom.
On the day he unveiled the Macintosh, a reporter from Popular Science asked Jobs what type of market research he had done. Jobs responded by scoffing, "Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?
Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?
When you write biographies, whether it's about Ben Franklin or Einstein, you discover something amazing: They are human.
I do think it's important, if you're going to be very creative, to be a seeker.
What Einstein was able to do was - to use a cliche - think out of the box.
If you truly have a passion for what you do, you will care even about the parts unseen.
What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest, because they’re dragging you down. They’re turning you into Microsoft. They’re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great.
I wonder now how tough you have to be to get big things done.
Terrorism is a horrible thing that is the great threat to civilization on our planet.
Simply handing over your iPod to a friend, your blind date, or the total stranger sitting next to you on the plane opens you up like a book." (Steven Levy)
I think it is valuable and should be valued by its consumers.
Charging for content forces discipline on journalists: they must produce things that people actually value.
The reality distortion field was a confounding mélange of a charismatic rhetorical style, indomitable will, and eagerness to bend any fact to fit the purpose at hand.
And if you don't have your ears open, you're not going to be able to figure out what you should be doing.
Leonardo da Vinci was comfortable being illegitimate, gay, a misfit, a heretic.
But he also respected other people. He didn't get into disputations. He was a genius but he had a certain humility. In his notebooks you see lists of people he wanted to grill about things like how the water diversions in Milan work; he was always interested in learning from other people.
Most of the collaborations of technology were done by teams...Collaboration is key to creativity
I've always had an abundance of material about the subjects of my biographies.
Vision w/o execution is just hallucination.
You need the right combination of visionary + team that can execute
I think that we shouldn't be fixated all the time on the ups and downs of the weekly ratings, of the quarter-hour ratings.
Yeah, I think that his great creation was not any one product but a company in which creativity was connected to great engineering. And that will survive at least while the current people who trained under Steve are there.
The best and most innovative products don't always win.
..(it's an) aesthetic flaw in how the universe worked
One of the great pressures we're facing in journalism now is it's a lot cheaper to hire thumb suckers and pundits and have talk shows on the air than actually have bureaus and reporters.
It's about doing something larger than yourself. It's about serving this world, helping others.
He had the uncanny capacity to know exactly what your weak point is, know what will make you feel small, to make you cringe," Joanna Hoffman said. "It's a common trait in people who are charismatic and know how to manipulate people. Knowing that he can crush you makes you feel weakened and eager for his approval, so then he can elevate you and put you on a pedestal and own you.
I think Leonardo da Vinci teaches us the value of both being focused on things that fascinate us but also, at times, being distracted and deciding to pursue some shiny new idea that you happen to stumble upon. Balancing intense focus with being interested in a whole lot of different things is something that we have to do in the Internet age.
It seems perverse to focus too much on the casualties or hardship in Afghanistan ...[Showing the misery of Afghanistan ran the risk of] promoting enemy propaganda...we must talk about how the Taliban are using civilian shields and how the Taliban have harboured the terrorists responsible for killing close up to 5,000 innocent people.
I think that Benjamin Franklin felt very strongly in foreign policy in this world, that you needed to at least show some humility, especially when you were strong.
Was he smart? No, not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius.
Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are.
I was on one of my fruitarian diets" Steve Jobs recalled "I had just comeback from the apple farm. It sounded fun, spirited, and not intimidating. Apple took the edge of the word 'computer', plus it would get us a head of Atari in the phone book. He told Wozniak if a better name did not hit them by the next afternoon, they would just stick with apple and they did. 1 Apr 1976