Compilation of Tributes to Steve Jobs with excerpts

Thanks to +Ken Ray (@macosken) for compiling part of this list at — listen to his episode featuring some of these quotes at

Some of these quotes are just excerpts. Click on the links to read the full tributes.

Tim Cook - Apple CEO
"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Apple's Board of Directors
"The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

Steve Jobs' Family
"In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family."

Steve Wozniak - Apple Cofounder (+Steve Wozniak @stevewoz)
"People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself.",0,1557833.story "We've lost something we won't get back. The way I see it, though, the way people love products he put so much into creating means he brought a lot of life to the world."
"He loved his family. He was a very good father... he spoke to me about his kids and his interactions with them."
Video interview on CNN:
Video interview by The Associated Press:

Ron Wayne - Apple Cofounder (@ronaldgwayne)
"The world of technology and the public that supports it has suffered a great loss. It is one of the great privileges of my life that I spent so much time with Steve Jobs when he and I worked together at Atari. Even when I knew him in the 1970s, he was an extremely dynamic individual with a focused view on the future, which he read quite well. ... Wozniak built the personal computer for the fun of building it, but it was Jobs who recognized it as not only the core of a significant business, but also a product that the world as he saw it, its future, was going to... need. What made Jobs so successful was his focused attention on whatever it was he wanted to do, his intellect, ability to read people and to gather around him the people who had the skills and abilities that he lacked. He had the ability to read the future accurately, as to how the world was going to be." News Australia interview:
Video of telephone interview by CNN:
Video interview by Bloomberg:
Video interview (with transcribed quotes) by Fox 5 News Las Vegas:

Guy Kawasaki - Former Apple Chief Evangelist (+Guy Kawasaki @GuyKawasaki)
"I truly do believe that if you look at all the CEOs over the history of business, I don't think there's a CEO who has done more for his employees, his shareholders, and his customers. The world is a lot worse off without Steve Jobs."
Transcript of impromptu speech at Facebook Success Summit:
Video of impromptu speech:

John Sculley - Former Apple CEO
"Steve Jobs was intensely passionate at making an importance difference in the lives of his fellow humans while he was on this planet. ... The world knows Steve Jobs as the brilliant genius who transformed technology into magic. A part of Steve still lives within all of us through his beautifully designed products and his no-compromises media experiences. Steve Jobs captured our imagination with his creativity. His legacy is far more than being the greatest CEO ever. A world leader is dead, but the lessons his leadership taught us lives on."

John Lasseter - Chief Creative Officer and Ed Catmull - President, Walt Disney Animation Studios & Pixar Animation Studios
"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer-animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did.… He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA."

Bob Iger - Walt Disney Company CEO
(Jobs held more shares of Disney stock than any other individual as a result of Disney's acquisition of Pixar in 2006)
"Steve was such an 'original,' with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend."

Bill Gates - Microsoft Chairman and Cofounder (@billgates)
"The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely."

Paul Allen - Microsoft Cofounder (@paulgallen)
"I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple, and everyone who has been touched by his work.",2817,2394211,00.asp
"We've lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products."!/PaulGAllen/status/121736913223823361

Steve Ballmer - Microsoft CEO
"... Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary."

Larry Page - Google CEO and Cofounder (+Larry Page)
"He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well."

Sergey Brin - Google Cofounder (+Sergey Brin)
"From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met. On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much."

Eric Schmidt - Google Executive Chairman, former Apple board member (@ericschmidt)
"Steve defined a generation of style and technology that's unlikely to be matched again. 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."
Much more from Schmidt:

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook Cofounder, President, and CEO (+Mark Zuckerberg)
"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."

Dick Costolo - Twitter CEO (@dickc)
"Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn't just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement."

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie - Research In Motion Co-CEOs (BlackBerry)
"Steve Jobs was a great visionary and a respected competitor."

Michael Dell - Dell Founder, Chairman, and CEO (+Michael Dell @MichaelDell)
"Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come.",2817,2394211,00.asp

Meg Whitman - HP President and CEO, former eBay CEO (@MegWhitman)
(Jobs worked at Hewlett-Packard during the summer while in high school)
"Steve Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was felt beyond Silicon Valley. He will be remembered for the innovation he brought to market and the inspiration he brought to the world."

Jeff Bezos - Amazon CEO
"Steve was a teacher to anyone paying attention, and today is a very sad day for everyone who cares about innovation and high standards."

Choi Gee-sung - Samsung CEO
"... Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur. His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world."

Jerry Yang - Yahoo! Cofounder
"Steve was my hero growing up. He not only gave me a lot of personal advice and encouragement, he showed all of us how innovation can change lives. I will miss him dearly, as will the world."

Marc Andreessen - Netscape Cofounder, venture capitalist (+Marc Andreessen)
"Steve was the best of the best. Like Mozart and Picasso, he may never be equaled.",2817,2394211,00.asp
"Steve's work made the world a better place for hundreds of millions of people.",0,1557833.story

Steve Case - AOL Cofounder (@SteveCase)
"I feel honored to have known Steve Jobs. He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation. His legacy will live on for the ages."

Jeff Bewkes - Time Warner CEO
"In a society that has seen incredible technological innovation during our lifetimes, Steve may be the one true icon whose legacy will be remembered for a thousand years.",0,1557833.story

Steve Largent - CTIA-The Wireless Association President and CEO
"Steve Jobs was a visionary in the technology and telecom community. His contributions to innovating communications have forever changed our industry and our lives. He will be greatly missed.",2817,2394211,00.asp

Steven Spielberg - Filmmaker
"Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips."

George Lucas - Filmmaker
"The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision.",0,1557833.story

J.J. Abrams - Filmmaker, Co-creator of Alias, LOST, and Fringe
"There are so few people who are undeniably, brilliantly inspiring. Steve Jobs, a man who changed the way we create, the way we communicate, the way we live, was one of those people. I already miss knowing he is out there."

Damon Lindelof - Executive Producer and Co-creator of LOST (@DamonLindelof)
"On behalf of every dreamer sitting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try to change the world, you will be missed."!/DamonLindelof/status/121734950608322561

MythBusters official statement
"We'd like to take break from tonight's fun to remember Steve Jobs.",2817,2394211,00.asp

Starbucks official statement
"Thank you Steve Jobs, you made the world a better place. You will be missed.",2817,2394211,00.asp

Barack Obama - President of the United States (@BarackObama)
"Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. ... Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world. The world has lost a visionary."

Felipe Calderón - President of Mexico
"The world has lost one of the most visionary minds of our time. Steve Jobs left us an example of struggle, inspiration and creativity."

John Boehner - House Speaker (@johnboehner)
"Steve Jobs changed the world for the better w/ his innovations & genius."!/johnboehner/statuses/121758408725635072

Michael Bloomberg - New York City Mayor
"Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come.",0,1557833.story

Mitt Romney - Presidential Candidate, former Massachusetts Governor (@MittRomney)
"Steve Jobs is an inspiration to American entrepreneurs. He will be missed."!/MittRomney/status/121752914262884354

Jon Huntsman - Presidential Candidate, former Utah Governor, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore (@JonHuntsman)
"Sad to hear about the passing of Steve Jobs, a true inspiration and a great American innovator."!/JonHuntsman/status/121738485936820225

Newt Gingrich - Presidential Candidate, former House Speaker (@newtgingrich)
"Steve Jobs was an American original-courageous, determined, creative, willing to take on the establishment-he will be missed"!/newtgingrich/status/121764084923383809

Nancy Pelosi - House Minority Leader, former House Speaker
"Steve Jobs was a visionary who changed the way we live. His sage advice was respected by policymakers on both sides of the aisle."

Other politicians: Eric Cantor - Arnold Schwarzenegger

More politicians: Jerry Brown - Barbara Boxer,0,1557833.story

Chris Dodd - CEO and Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), former U.S. Senator
"The genius of Steve Jobs, a man I've known for 40 years, not only brought to life the visual magic and brilliant storytelling of Pixar, but brought the world one of the most innovative and successful platforms to make movies and TV available online at the click of a mouse. He was a pioneer, and helped all of us better understand how technologists and creators can work together to enrich and enliven our shared world. If anyone ever wonders whether one person can make a difference, the answer is Steve Jobs. He will be deeply, deeply missed.",2817,2394211,00.asp

Neil Portnow - Recording Academy President and CEO (GRAMMY Awards)
"Visionary, pioneer, innovator, genius — all of these words and more have been used to describe the dynamic, passionate, and driven Steve Jobs. He took technology and turned it into art, becoming a key player and leader in the entertainment world, particularly music. The world has lost an inspiring and creative inventor whose extraordinary legacy will forever remain present in our lives."

NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley (@NASAAmes)
(Jobs first saw a computer at NASA's Ames Research Center around age 11)
"We'll miss the innovation you brought to technology."!/NASAAmes/status/121734247437447169

NASA's Kepler Mission (@NASAKepler)
"Your innovative vision inspired a world beyond its limits. You will be profoundly missed. Thank you Steve Jobs."!/NASAKepler/status/121736509371064321

Mike Fossum - NASA Astronaut, currently living in the International Space Station
"In every generation there are great thinkers and people that have the vision of what can be and then have the energy, the skill and the genius to make it happen. Steve Jobs is definitely one of those rare individuals, and the world's gonna miss him a lot."

Elon Musk - CEO and Cofounder of SpaceX (@SpaceXer)
"He is certainly one of my heroes"!/SpaceXer/status/121995089663901697 "He must have affected, directly, the lives of over a billion people, and made the world a better place for them."!/SpaceXer/status/121996238810923008

Other space industry people: Alan Stern - Dave Masten

Roger Ebert - Film critic, Pulitzer Prize winner (+Roger Ebert @ebertchicago)
"I got one of the first Macs, and my relationship with computers fundamentally changed. In both of his incarnations at Apple, he was a visionary. He provided tools. His victories were based on imagination and courage."

Arianna Huffington - Cofounder of The Huffington Post (+Arianna Huffington @ariannahuff)
(Quoting Jobs:) "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. —Steve Jobs, 2005" (see quote in context below)

Walt Mossberg - Wall Street Journal principal tech columnist (@waltmossberg)
"... Steve Jobs was a genius, a giant influence on multiple industries and billions of lives... He was a historical figure on the scale of a Thomas Edison or a Henry Ford, and set the mold for many other corporate leaders in many other industries. He did what a CEO should: Hired and inspired great people; managed for the long term, not the quarter or the short-term stock price; made big bets and took big risks. He insisted on the highest product quality and on building things to delight and empower actual users, not intermediaries like corporate IT directors or wireless carriers. And he could sell. Man, he could sell. As he liked to say, he lived at the intersection of technology and liberal arts. But there was a more personal side of Steve Jobs, of course, and I was fortunate enough to see a bit of it..."
All Things D: Tech, Political, and Entertainment Luminaries mark Passing of Jobs

Tim Bajarin - Analyst and technology columnist (+Tim Bajarin @bajarin)
"Steve Jobs will always be remembered as a pioneer and tech icon. While he will always be known for the great products he created, perhaps his greatest contribution was the creation of a new Apple that is one of the most valued companies on the planet. Many tech executives would be thrilled if they had one major hit in their lives. Steve gave us the Apple II, The Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and Pixar. In a sense, Steve Jobs was part Thomas Edison, Walt Disney and P.T. Barnum. A modern technology visionary, focused in delivering products that are useful and provide entertainment and a masterful showman who really knew how to keep people on the edge of their seats wanting more. His impact on the world of technology and American business can not be underestimated. His simple vision of creating products that he would want – ones that were elegant and easy to use, is what drove him and Apple to spectular success."

Rupert Murdoch - News Corp CEO
"Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation.",0,1557833.story

Bob Sauerberg - Condé Nast President
"Steve was a great visionary and innovator. He invented paid digital content and we are grateful for that. His products over the years have been key in the development of... Conde Nast content."

Rob Enderle - Analyst and former Apple critic (@Enderle)
"Steve Jobs was not only the heart and soul of Apple, he was the wind underneath the technology market. Both are significantly diminished by his passing.",2817,2394211,00.asp

Marc Benioff - CEO (+Marc Benioff @Benioff)
"Steve Jobs was the greatest leader our industry has ever known. We are all blessed by his life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.",2817,2394211,00.asp

Michael Rose - The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Editor (+Michael T. Rose @MikeTRose)
"Namaste, Steve. We remember you with fondness and delight. ... And we hope and pray that your wife and children may find a tiny seed of solace in the knowledge that their beloved was our beloved too."

Editorial staff of The Unofficial Apple Weblog: Victor Agreda, Jr. (+Victor Agreda Jr @superpixels) - Mike Schramm (+Mike Schramm @mikeschramm) - Steve Sande (+Steve Sande) - Kelly Guimont (+Kelly Guimont @verso) - Chris Rawson (+Chris Rawson @rawsoncj) - Mel Martin - Richard Gaywood (+Richard Gaywood @penllawen) - Megan Lavey-Heaton (+Megan Lavey-Heaton) - Michael Rose (additional thoughts)

Mindy Kaling - Actress and Co-Executive Producer of The Office (@mindykaling)
"I felt inspired to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a truly wonderful resource that actively petitions our leaders to provide more money for research for this incredibly under-funded disease. If you want to donate too, you can! Just go here: ... I also learned that Steve Jobs was adopted. ... This, to me is a movie in itself. Can you imagine adopting a baby and watching him grow up to be this kind of historically important thinker? His brain itself already so miraculous and mysterious. And now, fell into the lap of these loving parents through adoption? In my mind, the Jobs family found him floating down a river like Moses."

Spike Lee - Filmmaker (@SpikeLee)
"Visionaries are always called crazy in the beginning. A visionary sees things that everybody else says is impossible, sees a world that people can't envision—Mac, iPod, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, and Pixar. I have nothing but love for Mr. Jobs and Apple...",2817,2394211,00.asp

Kevin Smith - Filmmaker (+Kevin Smith @ThatKevinSmith)
"Our parents had JFK, we had Steve Jobs. Edison gave us electricity, Jobs gave us the Jetsons in real life. We lost an icon today. Mourn him."!/ThatKevinSmith/status/121748383298883584

Albert Brooks - Comedian, Voice Actor (Finding Nemo, The Simpsons) (@AlbertBrooks)
"Had the pleasure of working for him and knowing him. He was our Edison."!/AlbertBrooks/status/121734070630760448

LeVar Burton - Actor, Educator (@levarburton)
"Even though I never met him, I'm feeling the loss of Steve Jobs on a very personal level."!/levarburton/status/121731834068475904

Ian Somerhalder - Actor (LOST, The Vampire Diaries) (@iansomerhalder)
"My heart and gratitude go out,like so many of us,to Steve Jobs and his family.You Sir are one of the greatest minds the world will ever see"!/iansomerhalder/status/121738769010405376

Rider Strong - Actor (Boy Meets World)
"It's impossible to tell which of Steve Jobs' legacies will last the longest. As a filmmaker, I will continue to use Final Cut Pro. As a filmgoer, I will continue to worship at the altar of Pixar. And as a person, I will continue to communicate with my iPhone and my MacBook. In so much of what we do -- in what we will always do -- Steve Jobs is far from dead."

Ryan Seacrest - American Idol TV Host (@RyanSeacrest)
"I had one encounter with Steve Jobs thru @AmericanIdol couple yrs ago. Apple was launching something thru our show. I called his office & was put on hold. Was nervous. I didn't kno what to call him! Steve or Steve Jobs? We talked, his attn 2 detail amazing. He then told me he'd be watching, as if the pressure of a live show wasn't enough... Incredible how hands on he was. We'll miss him."!/RyanSeacrest/status/122016554652143616!/RyanSeacrest/status/122016919917301764!/RyanSeacrest/status/122017120795107328

Alyssa Milano - Actress (+Alyssa Milano @Alyssa_Milano)
"Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. You were always a big part of my world with your special inventions. Thank you for your brain."!/Alyssa_Milano/status/121734465323147264

Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) and Jon Stewart (@TheDailyShow)

Jimmy Fallon - Comedian, TV Host (@jimmyfallon)
"Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all of the fun and amazing ways you made our lives better....Sent from my iPhone."!/jimmyfallon/status/121753026217250817

Patton Oswalt - Comedian (@pattonoswalt)
"Steve Jobs. Closest thing we had to Tony Stark.",2817,2394211,00.asp

Richard Simmons - Fitness personality
"The world will miss this amazing man. I never got to meet Mr. Jobs. But, he was my teacher...what I know about technology I learned from this very wise man. I said a prayer for his family today."

Artistic tributes

An anonymous Apple Genius - Apple Store employee
"It's funny. I've never met him but I feel like I've lost Someone close to me. I'm not an emotional person but I can't hold back my tears. I have been in Apple Retail as a genius for 8+ years. It was Steve's vision that brought me to Apple. First as a customer then as an employee. As I said I never met him but he had an immense influence on my life. He always challenged us to be better than we thought we could. Steve made me a better person. My text messages are exploding with texts from people at work. Some of the team is off from work and are driving in to be with the apple family. Apple will go on but the world is a little less bright."

Chris Calloway - Wired reader
"Heaven got a major upgrade today."

Steve Jobs on death, from his 2005 Stanford commencement address:
"My third story is about death.
"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
"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.
"About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
"I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.
"This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
"When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
"Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: 'Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.' It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
Transcript of the full speech:
Video of the full speech: Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

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