Steve Wozniak Quotes

Inventor and engineer Steve Wozniak is best known for developing the Apple computer. He designed the Apple Macintosh, Apple I and Apple II computers. He founded Apple, Inc. with co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976. Wozniak wrote the book iWoz with Gina Smith.

Here are some funny, interesting and inspirational quotes from Steve Wozniak:

On Design: "If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it's within your reach. And it'll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. It'll be worth it, I promise." - iWoz

On Riches: "When we went public a few of us became unbelievable wealthy and we were worth so many millions and hundreds of millions. I designed these machines because I wanted computers for myself and I wanted to help revolutions happen. I didn't really want that kind of wealth."

On Conflict: "I was also afraid of conflict and afraid to deal with people. The world is much more complicated now and I have more confidence." - source

On Patience: "And thanks to all those science projects, I acquired a central ability that was to help me through my entire career: patience." - iWoz

On Luck: "Some great people are leaders and others are more lucky, in the right place at the right time. I'd put myself in the latter category. But I'd never call myself a normal designer of anything."

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On Investing: "I do not invest. I don’t do that stuff. I didn’t want to be near money, because it could corrupt your values." - Fortune

On Segways: "I also like to ride Segways. How much fun that is! Anybody think that's fun? I hope so... There's an awful lot of people in the world that sneer at Segways because other people are having fun."

On Perfection: "It had to be that artistically perfect to me. Because it represents yourself when you do a great design."

On Little Steps: "This early learning of how to do things one tiny little step at a time. I learned to not worry so much about the outcome, but to concentrate on the step I was on and to try to do it as perfectly as I could when I was doing it." - iWoz

On iPhone/Android: "My primary phone is the iPhone. I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do." - source

On Working Alone: "Artists work best alone. Work alone." - iWoz

On Sensitivity: "I have always been sensitive and can't hurt or even get in the way of others. I try to be only equal to all others. I cry easily when things are not right yet, or when things have great beauty, like songs or pictures or artwork or movies." - CNN interview

On Apple Today: "I believe that he would be very happy with the company today and its concern more with end users and putting people above technology. Steve always acted that way. The users should be more important than the technology itself. You should not be a victim of the technology and what it can do. You should get to live your human life in the most human way possible." - source

On Facebook: "Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you. As they say, with Facebook, you are the product." - Time

On Being an Outsider: "Through most of school, I had been an outsider. You might call it a nerd. You know, I was a techie, so you might call it a geek." - source

What a Geek Is: "But really, geek - although it's correlated with that type of individual, it's really more a characteristic where you don't socialize. You don't talk the normal languages. You hear people coming up, you know, doing their talk about hi, nice day, and the small talk starts up, and you don't even know the clues of how to do it. I don't to this day." - NPR

On Timing: "I feel incredibly lucky to be at exactly the right place in Silicon Valley, at exactly the right time historically where this invention has, has taken form." - PBS

On PCs Resembling Typewriters: "I had a TV set and a typewriter and that made me think a computer should be laid out like a typewriter with a video screen."

On Comics: "You know what, I'd go back to the early days. There has to be a start of something, just like personal computers. You know, I'd go back to the old, boring — like Superman. You know, I like all of them about equally. I love all of the ones in the Avengers, I love Spiderman, Batman. I don't have a personal favorite at all. It's just the whole genre, you know. Every one of them reaches me emotionally the same way as the others." - Reddit AMA

On His Friendship with Steve Jobs: Jobs "gets a reputation for being a strong leader and for being brash. But to me he was always so kind, such a good friend" - source

On Being Remembered: "Everything you do for work, you should have a lot of fun in your life. That when you die, your life is based on happiness. Not your wealth, not your possessions, not your career, not how you succeeded. It should be based on how much you smiled in your life. '"Happiness = smiles - frowns' would be the best thing on my tombstone." - Business Insider

Here's a great Bloomberg interview with Wozniak: