To the entire world, Steve Jobs was an enigmatic figure. Clad in his signature style turtle neck and jeans, this was one man, who through his vision and foresight literally changed the world. For those of us who use Apple products in our daily lives, Steve was the man. The man who brought technology at the end of finger tips.
The death of one of the most remarkable men of the world brought forth an outpouring of grief from all walks of life. From the President of the United States to that unknown person, sitting behind their Apple iMac, Steve was a genius – someone who transformed the way people live.
Here we bring you a selection of quotes from around the world, from those who celebrate the legacy left behind by Steve Jobs and mourn his loss.
Barack Obama – President of the United States
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
Bill Gates – Microsoft Chairman
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
Tim Cook – Apple CEO
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook CEO
Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
Eric Schmidt – Google Chairman
Steve was so charismatically brilliant that he inspired people to do the impossible, and he will be remembered as the greatest computer innovator in history.
Dick Costolo – Twitter CEO
Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement.
General Mark Thompson – BBC Director
It's hard to think of anyone who changed our world more over the last 10 years.
But probably the best of who and what Steve Jobs was comes from the famous commencement address of Stanford which he made in 2004. The entire address revolves around how he lived his life and the decisions he made. It happens to be one of the most inspiring and motivating things we have heard and says enough about the CEO who inspired the world to believe in him.
“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.
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs
Rest in Peace Steve Jobs – the world is one bright light lesser today.
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