Jackling House

Steve Jobs at his Woodside, Calif. home, 1982

Steve Jobs in his Woodside, Calif. home, Dec. 15, 1982. (Diane Walker)

“What makes Steve’s methodology different from everyone else’s is that he always believed the most important decisions you make are not the things you do—but the things that you decide not to do. He’s a minimalist. I remember going into Steve’s house and he had almost no furniture in it. He just had a picture of Einstein, whom he admired greatly, and he had a Tiffany lamp and a chair and a bed. He just didn’t believe in having lots of things around but he was incredibly careful in what he selected.”

—John Sculley, CEO of Apple, 1983–93

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“This was a very typical time. I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had.”

—Steve Jobs


something endures

“[One afternoon we] were sitting in his backyard… and he was not in the best of health at the time. . . . He said, ‘You know, I’m kind of 50/50 on believing in God. But I want to believe that something endures, that your wisdom that you accumulate, that the knowledge that you have somehow is able to endure after you die.’

“And then he pauses, and he says, ‘Maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Maybe that’s just like an on-off switch.’ And he goes, ‘Click, you’re off. You’re gone. It’s over.’ And then he paused for a moment and he said, ‘Maybe that’s why I didn’t like to put on-off switches on Apple devices.’ ”

—Walter Isaacson, biographer