“I believe the only cure for discouragement is dissatisfaction. That it is a key ingredient, perhaps the key ingredient, to success. That only once one is sufficiently dissatisfied will they be able to make real noticeable change — either in themselves or in society as a whole.”
— Patrick Rhone on discouragement vs. dissatisfaction
“A Swede pays tax more willingly than a Californian because he gets decent schools and free health care.”
— The Economist, on why Politicians from both right and left could learn from the Nordic countries
“The most important thing to Apple is to make the best products in the world that enrich customers’ lives. That’s our high order bit. That means that we aren’t interested in revenue for revenue’s sake.”
— Tim Cook on Apple earnings and more
“If pundits knew anything, they’d be running very successful companies themselves, rather than advocating disastrous paths for some of the smartest people on the planet to take.”
— Daniel Eran Dilger in Who wins if Apple’s stock doesn’t skyrocket at earnings?
“Curiously, cold hard data doesn’t really matter with Apple. Double-digit growth, skyrocketing revenue and profits, these all mean nothing to Wall St. But give the folks on Wall Street a rumor from an anonymous source regarding fewer food deliveries to an iPhone manufacturing plant and everyone goes crazy.”
— Yoni Heisler explaining The Apple double standard
“When I was a kid, I thought a lot about what made me different from the other kids. I don’t think I was smarter than them and I certainly wasn’t more talented. And I definitely can’t claim I was a harder worker — I’ve never worked particularly hard, I’ve always just tried doing things I find fun. Instead, what I concluded was that I was more curious — but not because I had been born that way. If you watch little kids, they are intensely curious, always exploring and trying to figure out how things work. The problem is that school drives all that curiosity out. Instead of letting you explore things for yourself, it tells you that you have to read these particular books and answer these particular questions. And if you try to do something else instead, you’ll get in trouble. Very few people’s curiosity can survive that. But, due to some accident, mine did. I kept being curious and just followed my curiosity.”
— Aaron Swartz in an email exchange from 2009
“Like a satellite in orbit, Apple is perpetually falling. It just happens to miss Earth every time.”
— Horace Dediu, answering the Quora question: Is this the year detractors of Apple believe it will fall?
“Anyone who believes Apple is about to have the rug pulled out from under the iPhone and iPad by commoditized Android devices should spend a few minutes inside an Apple retail store this holiday week.”
— John Gruber explaining A Big Misunderstanding about Apple.