Steve Jobs, 1955-2011:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
The transcript of his speech here. The NY Times offers a chart of his patents and an interactive timeline of his life and achievements. (Update: And be sure to read Andrew Sullivan’s excellent take here.)
“The world’s still the same. There’s just less in it.” — Jack Sparrow