Steve jobs' Last Words!

Steve Jobs was Apple Computer's famous co-founder and CEO. An American entrepreneur, inventor an industrial designer born on 24th February 1955. He died on 5th October 2011 at the age of 56 years after battling pancreatic cancer for nearly a decade, leaving his wife Laurene Powell and four children Lisa, Reed, Erin and Eve. His last words before death are very insightful and tell us about the value and purpose of each day we live till the end! ...............

" I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world.

In others' eyes, my life is an epitome of success.

However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in , have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds. I can feel the breath of God of death drawing closer......

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth....

Should be something more important : Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days......

Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being , just like me.

God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone's heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me.

What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.

That's the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.

What is the most expensive bed in the world? - "Sick bed".....

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.

Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost - "Life"

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading - "Book of Healthy Life"

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.......

Treat yourself well. Cherish others. " End.

May you all be inspired by his words!


26 Replies

  • Solemn words.....great post


  • I'm pretty sure that this has been debunked, though really good sentiments they are. His wife reported that his last words were something like, "oh, wow, oh, wow, oh, wow" as he breathed his final breaths.

    I believe that some thoughts stand in great value, no matter if their origin can be authenticated or not, so, good to have had this to read.

  • Darryl, thank you very much for finding a place in your site for those touching words.

    I am not an American. But I have known Steve Jobs as a great innovator and achiever. I can't forget him because daily I am using a computer. This note I have collected from somewhere and treasured in his memory, overwhelms me for the sheer meaningfulness of the sentiments expressed. When I read them first, I had no intention to contact his wife to check whether it was written by him or his driver! I apologize most humbly if anyone is disturbed by a question mark as to its authenticity for which I have no answer.


  • Sorry to be a party pooper here, but Steve Jobs did NOT say the above quoted text.

    Snopes has an article about this.

  • Thank you very much Greg for sending me sufficient evidence like Darryl to prove that the text I posted as Steve Jobs' Last Words is a FAKE. When somebody showed me the moon I didn't look at the finger and I saw the beautiful moon! Both facts of evidence are good enough even to be proved in a court of law. On the contrary, "OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW" could have been his very last words in the death bed. A dead man's last words should not necessarily mean what he uttered to the hospital nurses or the family members surrounding him when he was sinking whilst facing a grim moment. Like a properly articulated "Last Will" these words could have been what he would have told from time to time in his proper senses during the last stage of his life prior to death. More often than not people argue about "Who said what and who wrote what". This is the case even with the Holy Bible! Then comes the question of Authenticity. We have read and appreciated many, many writings of the great Poet William Shakespeare for many decades. Yet some critics say no such authentic person ever existed! In a way this whole life is a FAKE!!!

    Once again my profuse thanks and apologies.


  • Just want to be clear. I like and agree with much of the text written in the "quote". But I feel that Steve Jobs is being used to promote something he never said. I'm not trying to criticize the poster. Rather than elaborating in this reply, I am going to write my own separate post because there is a much bigger issue here.

  • Who ever said it ? I like that view on the wealth ..Sounds biblical , right out of psalms..

  • Perhaps people near death don't always see things clearly. Apple was always about more than making money. When the Mac first came out it had great reviews but poor sales. Back in the 1980s it seemed that Apple, if it survived, would never have more than a niche market.

    Jobs had a product vision. He wasn't an engineer & he didn't write code. What he brought to the party was the determination & drive to see his vision brought to life. It wasn't at all obvious that people would ultimately be willing to pay more for good design.

    In an alternative life, Jobs would have likely been just as obsessive, treating the people around him just as badly. & if he hadn't become rich what would he have regretted at the end?


    For men with PCa, I think that Jobs' approach to his own disease is worth looking at. After his death, there were articles saying that he was a fool to get involved in his own treatment, & should have had conventional therapy. But with pancreatic cancer diagnosed after it has progressed, the median survival (untreated) is about 3 1/2 months; with good treatment this increases only to about eight months. He did far better than that.


  • Patrick,

    Appreciate your adding yet another useful aspect to my post.

    Sorry for the delay in thanking you.


  • Well said! That about sums it up!

  • Hi Sisira,

    He may have talked the good talk, but in reality, Steve Jobs was a stupid man. He had everything a person could want, wealth, fame, you name it. He could by anything in the world, but in the end, he couldn't by his health. Instead of doing the 'normal' thing for his disease, he looked outside the box, and paid the ultimate price. If I'm not mistaken, he regretted his actions in the end. So, I say yes, Steve Jobs was a stupid man.

    Peace, Joe

  • You are very correct Joe. All what you have said is included in those expressions, whoever has composed it. We can see what is meaningful and what is meaningless in our life.


  • Surely not stupid ,Joe. Maybe just like many geniuses, he did it his way and in this chapter he didn't do conventional but stuck to his beliefs and who could tell Mr Steve what to do anyway....All inventors take risk in their beliefs and let's face it they fail many ,many more times than then succeed.This one he lost..But the tech he created will morph on into many miracles for us all..for many yrs to come.

  • Again, if anyone shives a git:

    My last words will be "IS THAT ALL THERE IS?"

    listen to Peggy Lee sing:

    j-o-h-n Wednesday 06/14/2017 2:21 PM EST

  • This is what I want them to play at my memorial service .... and no, I'm not a drummer.

  • Ultimate party song my friend!!!! oh yah !! Can I use it too?

  • Yes, you may.

  • Todd's the man! From my home town Philly.

  • I keep getting people telling me I look like Darryl Hall, of Hall and Oates, also from Philly. How did I get this font? WTF? I have to quit sniffing glue.

  • Thank you very much j-o-h-n. "IS THAT ALL THERE IS" by Peggy Lee, I listened to is a wonderful song! Yes I could see the curtain coming down to end the life's big show with the fading music. Great!


  • That's it? That all there is? Peggy Lee,lets drink and dance..Didn't someone else say that.. Eat ,drink ,and be merry ,for tomorrow we all shall die. Attitude is everything..Most people don't think about things until faced with it ..I never did. I was invincible.I thought. Little did I know..So we go on .

  • to WSOPeddie,

    Man oh Man... You had me dancing on my computer desk... knocked over the stapler and I think I broke my printer....


    j-o-h-n Wednesday 06/14/2017 4:24 PM EST

  • Such beautiful words ♡

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Fantastic!Thank you..

  • Interesting. Why I agreed with Joe when he said 'Steve Jobs was a stupid man' is because in one way or the other we are all 'stupid men' !


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