Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we [Apple] haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
You know you’ve achieved perfection in design not when you have nothing more to add but when you have nothing more to take away.
Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
I’m astounded by people who want to ‘know’ the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire.
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.