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Steve Jobs: Remembering a Visionary

Published: 10/6/2011
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When news of Steve Jobs' death broke on October 5, 2011, millions took to the Internet to spread the word and remember a visionary. Fittingly, tweets and status updates about Jobs, and condolence messages posted to his online Guest Book, were submitted from iPhones, from MacBooks, from iPads – all products stemming from Jobs' own creative mind.

The story of Jobs' rise from college dropout to world-changing CEO is everywhere today, so instead of retelling it yet again, we turn to the words of his fans and admirers. How are people remembering Jobs in the hours following his death?

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve." –Apple's board of directors

"Three Apples changed the world. The first tempted Eve, the second inspired Newton & the third was offered to the world half eaten by Steve Jobs." –A tweet making the rounds

"R.I.P - Man who made apple more than just a fruit..more than just a proof of gravitation..GOD BLESS YOU." –A Legacy.com user from Chicago, IL

"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." –Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder

"My favorite Steve Jobs quote... 'Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.' That inspires me every day!" –An Apple fan on Facebook

"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." –President Barack Obama

"To some people, this is like Elvis Presley or John Lennon. It's a change in our times. It's the end of an era. It's like the end of the innovators." –An Apple fan via AP

"Steve, you affected my life in numerable ways; I would not be the person I am without Apple. Let's hope there's an Apple in the afterlife ~ " –A Legacy.com user from Tempe, AZ

"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." –Bill Gates

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, 2007 (Wikimedia Commons / Joi Ito)

                         Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, 2007 (Wikimedia Commons / Joi Ito)

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"Steve Jobs was better than Santa Claus, because he'd show up once a year and offer us toys that we'd never even imagined could exist." –An Apple fan on Twitter

"Adieu Steve. Though we grew up with microsoft os in Nigeria, our love for all your i's had really made us believe your innovative mind will be sorely missed. Rest in Buddha's bosom. Namaste." –A Legacy.com user from Lagos, Nigeria

"Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world." –Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

An eternal flame for Steve Jobs was offered by webcomic XKCD.

"RIP Steve Jobs - thanks to one of your inventions my life was changed. You will be missed but not forgotten!" –Justin Bieber via Twitter

"It's really kind of touching to see virtually every tweet and post be about Steve Jobs. True influence isn't measured in Twitter followers." –An Apple fan on Twitter

And one of the most shared remembrances of Steve Jobs has been this video of a commencement speech he delivered at Stanford University in 2005. Like so much that Jobs did and said, it's inspirational – and it reminds us that no matter how humble your beginnings, you can take the wheel of your own life, follow your dreams, and change the world. It's what Jobs did.

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