Steve Jobs’ Final Words.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 30, 2011
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From Mona Simpson’s eulogy.

In keeping with his beginner’s mind—his “capacity for wonderment“—his final words were simple, and dynamic instead of static, just like his life’s work.

From his sister, the writer Mona Simpson:

…But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later.

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.

Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.

Steve’s final words were:


If you admire or have been inspired by Steve Jobs, the entire eulogy is worth reading.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


17 Responses to “Steve Jobs’ Final Words.”

  1. jenn says:

    I really appreciate this post! At the same time I cannot forget that all of Steve Jobs wonderment and inventions were turned into things that most of us cannot even afford but will go into debt for anyway. It is a slippery slippery slope. RIP Steve.

  2. Loi Laing says:

    That just brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for posting.

  3. Vanita says:

    This gave me chill bumps.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Funny—I've used every laptop I've bought from him (Apple) for years, they've been great, enabled me to do a ton (see his Man + Bicycle video) and build my business. I use them night and day—if you average what you spend on something you use all the time vs. some random shoes or sweater that you wear once a year…a computer or phone is cheaper!

    I'm more concerned about fair labor practices, and from what I've read they weren't half as bad as gets reported–they were better if anything than other computer co's, as was their environmental friendliness. Still, room for improvement in that department.

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  6. Ben_Ralston says:

    God, I just read the whole eulogy and cried my eyes out.

  7. Corina Rose says:

    Doesnt the creator have a say it what it costs? To make it available to the general public not to only those who have a greater cash flow. I have always appreciated a mac and have never had the cash flow for one. I dont have the cash flow for the sweater or the shoes either. If the average consumer can have access the the internet and email via a pc then why not go with the lesser expensive model~they have no idea what they are missing, because they cannot afford what is available via apple. He did make a quality product, no question but he marketed it to a select few.

  8. waxbear says:

    Funny. I always thought Apple should charge more, since there is too much demand and not enough supply. Having a computer last 10 years (literally) my 2001 powerbook seems worth the price to me.

    So many real reasons to criticize Steve Jobs, but these just seem to reinforce why people love him.

  9. elephantjournal says:

    It's worth the read.

  10. appleII says:

    You are quite wrong about this. But I already know what it's like to debate with apple fanboys. Even when proof is handed to them. C'est la Vie.

  11. pirtath says:

    Funny how Jobs was able to the one and only of Apple products. He was nothing more then a marketing genious.
    Wozniak was the one who created Apple. He was the technical brains behind apple. But you know why no apple fanboy speaks of him… Because how he left apple. and why did he leave apple.. because he didn't agree with the path it had chosen. (building the computers in china for slave wages and more)

  12. Vee says:

    Maybe he really said "ow ow ow"

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  17. Amy E says:

    Oh, Wow…did I cry over that story. What touched me the most was the statement, "In the end – we all die – in the middle of a story". (Gulp) Isn't that the essential truth? We never see the end coming. We are never ready. But, it must be beautiful! Wow!