A speech at Stanford University : "I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to [learn calligraphy]. I learned about serif and sans-serif typefaces, about varying the space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful. Historical. Artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture. And I found it fascinating. None of this had any hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would never have multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them."
Apology to users at the Antennagate Keynote: “We're not perfect.”
To the Macintosh Developers : "It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy."
Referring to High Definition (HD) Technology : "The HD revolution is over, it happened. HD won. Everybody wants HD"
On Microsoft : "I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If that was the case, Microsoft would have great products."
On his own early success : "I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn't that important because I never did it for the money."
On Bill Gates-Microsoft's success : “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.”
On being diagnosed with cancer: "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. 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."
In reference to the unique Apple products which will strive to make a mark in history: "We are here to make a dent in the universe"
On his famous $1 annual salary : "I make 50 cents for showing up ... and the other 50 cents is based on my performance"
On how Apple is the largest developer for Microsoft Windows : "It's like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell!"
During a speech at the Stanford University : "No one wants to die. Even people who wanna go to heaven don't wanna die to get there."