Steve Jobs and Hare Krishna

Quotes from Steve Jobs

Steve’s words are often rearranged and quoted out of context to support ridiculous suppositions like …

In his own words

Actual quotes from Steve Jobs, who some consider to be an authority on Steve Jobs, are indicated in  green.

On feeling abandoned, then loved and chosen, and then rejected by a hateful Muslim father.

Jobs recalled an early childhood conversation with a neighbor about the fact that he was adopted:

 And she said, “So does that mean your real parents didn’t want you?” Ooooh, lightning bolts went off in my head. I remember running into the house, I think I was like crying, asking my parents. And they sat me down and they said, “No, you don’t understand. We specifically picked you out.”

“From then on, I realized that I was not — just abandoned. I was chosen. I was special.”

On his biological parents, Jandali and Schieble, who abandoned him a year before moving to Syria for their honeymoon and to assist the United Arab Republic in eliminating Israel during the Suez crisis.

“They were my sperm and egg bank. That’s not harsh, it’s just the way it was, a sperm bank thing, nothing more.”

My Muslim father abandoned me and said he would never contact me or acknowledge my existence, even if I reached out to him or if we were on our deathbeds.

“This might sound strange, though, but I am not prepared, even if either of us was on our deathbeds, to pick up the phone to call him … Steve will have to do that, as the Syrian  pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune.”  –  Steve’s father Jandali

“He was a great tipper” – Jandali

On Life …

“It started before I was born.”

“you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”

“I saw my life as an arc and that it would end and compared to that nothing mattered. You’re born alone, you’re going to die alone. And does anything else really matter? I mean what is it exactly is it that you have to lose Steve? You know? There’s nothing.”

Steve saw his life as an arc because he had studied the Bhagavad Gita at the Hare Krishna temple.

On Death …

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered”

“… no one wants to die.”

“It is Life’s change agent.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma …”

““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”

On satisfying hunger, finding love, achieving Nirvana and escaping from the cycle of birth and death

“… I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.”

On God …

“Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50-50 maybe. But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of — maybe it’s ’cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on. The he paused for a second and he said ‘yeah, but sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and you’re gone … and that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices.

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