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Jobs tells Stanford graduates not to waste time

updated 07:00 am EDT, Mon June 13, 2005

Stanford commencement

Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Sunday delivered "a his biological mother who gave up him up at birth and that unexpected events, such as an early typography course that he attended after dropping out out of Reed College, had helped inspire inspired him to design different fonts in the first Macintosh.

by MacNN Staff





  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    would like to watch this

    I would like to watch this speech. Anyway to download it?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    is a DreamWorks film, not Pixar!

    (see bottom of article)

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: madagascar!

    Ditto! This is sloppy journalism.

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: e-waste banner

    okay, first of all, this organization that's dogging steve at every public appearance is really beginning to bug me, mostly because a.) they know if they hound steve, the cameras will likely be there because he and apple are so popular now and b.) dell has enough money to squash them, while apple doesn't. but fine, it got under steve's skin enough to institute a recycle plan for ipods (because, you know, they're TICKING ENVIRONMENTAL TIMEBOMBS!!! HIDE THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN!!!). anyway... hope that airplane banner was recyclable. and i'm sure the aircraft used recycled bio-diesel, right?

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oprah did the same...

    ...years ago at a commencement address at Tennessee State--the school she dropped out of.

  1. ApeInTheShell

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Screwy Jobs

    I knew that would get your attention. Anyways, I don't think Jobs speech was remarkable or awe inspiring like his Keynote speeches but maybe it was because the article was pieced together like a Sim City 2000 newspaper. I hear people say life is short but it is usually because they are doing so many things in their life like Steve Jobs. If you waste your day you can't get that back but no need to fret about tommorow or a week from now. Let that take care of itself. You have enough worrying to do today. I admire Steve Jobs as an entrepreneur, businessman, and his ability to think different. It would be exciting to meet him someday. I just don't agree with him.

  1. Luke Chastain

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Proof read please

    ... it was a little hard to read.

  1. scchu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    NO video... audio ok?

    I posted a comment in a different article... But I'll do it again here...

    I don't have a video of the speech. But I hope audio in its entirety is ok with you guys...

    Enjoy and pass it on.

  1. karleklund

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Death & Transfiguration

    Among other things he said:

    "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. "

    This may sound strange to some people who regard death as a taboo subject, but it sounded very familiar to me.

    For example, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart said:

    "Since death (take my words literally) is the true goal of our lives, I have made myself so well acquainted with this true and best friend of man that the idea of it no longer has terrors for me, but rather much that is tranquil and comforting. And I thank God that he has granted me the good fortune to obtain the opportunity of regarding death as the key to our true happiness. I never lie down in bed without considering that, young as I am, perhaps on the morrow I may be no more. Yet not one of those who know me could say that I am morose or melancholy, and for this I thank my Creator daily and wish heartily that the same happiness may be given to my fellowmen"

    In Androcles And The Lion, George Bernard Shaw has this dialog:

    LAVINIA:. Captain: you have been face to face with death.

    THE CAPTAIN: Not with certain death, Lavinia. Only death in battle, which spares more men than death in bed. What you are facing is certain death. You have nothing left now but your faith in this craze of yours: this Christianity. Are your Christian fairy stories any truer than our stories about Jupiter and Diana in which, I may tell you, I believe no more than the Emperor does, or any educated man in Rome?

    LAVINIA: Captain: all that seems nothing to me now. I'll not say that death is a terrible thing; but I will say that it is so real that when it comes close, all the imaginary things - all the stories, as you call them - fade into mere dreams beside that inexorable reality. I know now that I am not dying for stories or dreams.

    In The Apocryphon of James, found among the Nag Hammadi manuscripts, Jesus is quoted as saying:

    5.3 "Become seekers of death, therefore, like the dead who are seeking life, for what they seek is manifest to them. So what can be of concern to them?

    5.4 When you inquire into the subject of death, it will teach you about election.

    5.5 "In truth I say to you, none will be saved who are afraid of death, for [God's] Domain belongs to those who put themselves [close] to death.

    Gautama Buddha meditated until he was close to starving to death and then became enlightened. The training method of the Rinzai sect of Zen can be analyzed as requiring the chela perform an action so taboo that it would normally require suicide before the training master can acknowledge an experience of satori. While the Buddhists don't specifically say that a close approach to death is required for enlightenment it is easy to see in what they do say.

    In The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Ham

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