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My http://folklore.org site is a repository of anecdotes about the development of Apple’s original Macintosh computer. One of my favorite features is the way it displays a relevant quotation under the team photo near the top of the index page.

When I was developing the site, I assembled a collection of quotes that reflect on the spirit and values of Apple and the Macintosh, and have slowly added to it in the following years. Here are some of my favorites:

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. — Alan Kay

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware. — Alan Kay

Good artists copy, great artists steal. — Picasso via Steve Jobs

It’s better to be a pirate than join the Navy — Steve Jobs

There’s only one rule in user interface design: Make the user happy. — Bill Atkinson

The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet. — William Gibson

Real artists ship. — Steve Jobs

He not busy being born is busy dying. — Bob Dylan

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. — Pablo Picasso

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. — Pablo Picasso

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. — Pablo Picasso

He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. — Pablo Picasso

Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union. — Frank Lloyd Wright

The details are not the details. They make the design. — Charles Eames

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something. — Thomas Edison

Make it as simple as possible. But no simpler. — Albert Einstein

The physicist’s greatest tool is his wastebasket. — Albert Einstein

If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. — Charlie Parker

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. — John Cage

To live outside the law you must be honest. — Bob Dylan

Technique alone is never enough. You have to have passion. Technique alone is just an embroidered pot holder. — Raymond Chandler

The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge. — Stephen Nachmanovich

The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it. — Louis Kahn

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men. — Thomas Fuller

Great software requires a fanatical devotion to beauty. — Paul Graham

Less is more. — Mies van der Rohe

The recipe for great work is: very exacting taste, plus the ability to gratify it.- Paul Graham

To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun? — Katharine Graham

If everything is under control, you’re going too slow. — Mario Andretti

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. — Steve Jobs

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