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Walter Isaacson

Data di nascita: 20. Maggio 1952

Walter Isaacson è uno scrittore, giornalista e biografo statunitense.

È in carica come presidente e amministratore delegato di Aspen Institute. È stato presidente e amministratore delegato della CNN e caporedattore del TIME. È stato nominato dal presidente Obama come caporedattore di Broadcasting Board of Governors, che gestisce Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, e le altre trasmissioni internazionali del governo statunitense.



„Di oltre tre anni maggiore di Einstein, affetta da una lussazione congenita dell'anca che la faceva zoppicare, ed incline ad attacchi di tubercolosi e di depressione, Mileva Marić non spiccava né per la sua bellezza né per la sua personalità. «Molto intelligente e seria, minuta, delicata, bruna e tutt'altro che bella» è la descrizione che ne diede un'amica di Zurigo. Ma aveva delle qualità che Einstein, almeno negli anni romantici degli studi, trovava attraenti: una passione per la matematica e la scienza, una profondità pensierosa e una personalità accattivante. I suoi occhi profondi erano di un'intensità ammaliante, sul viso aleggiava una nota seducente di malinconia.“ p. 46-47

„Riconsiderando a posteriori un secolo che sarà ricordato per la sua aspirazione a spezzare i legami classici, e guardando in avanti a un'era che cerca di coltivare la creatività necessaria per l'innovazione scientifica, c'è una personalità che spicca come icona suprema della nostra epoca: il mite rifugiato in fuga dall'oppressione, con la sua aureola di capelli arruffati, gli occhi pensosi, la sua accattivante umanità e la brillante intelligenza, che hanno fatto del suo volto un simbolo e del suo nome un sinonimo di intelligenza. Albert Einstein era un artigiano con il dono dell'immaginazione, guidato dalla fede nell'armonia dell'operato della natura. La sua storia affascinante, una testimonianza del legame tra creatività e libertà, rispecchia i trionfi e i tumulti dell'era moderna.“ p. 8


„One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.“ Steve Jobs

„If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away. The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to say, “Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.” And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently. (Steve Jobs)“ Steve Jobs

„If you act like you can do something, then it will work.“ Steve Jobs

„If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things - that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It's a discipline; you have to practice it.“ Steve Jobs

„People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.“ Steve Jobs

„Steve Jobs: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.“ Steve Jobs


„I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery. (Steve Jobs)“ Steve Jobs

„Picasso had a saying - 'good artists copy, great artists steal' - and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.“ Steve Jobs

„Walter Issacson biographer of Steve Jobs:

I remember sitting in his backyard in his garden, one day, and he started talking about God. He [Jobs] said, “ Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50/50, maybe. But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more, and I find myself believing a bit more, maybe it’s because I want to believe in an afterlife, that when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated, somehow it lives on.”

Then he paused for a second and said, “Yea, but sometimes, I think it’s just like an On-Off switch. Click. And you’re gone.” And then he paused again and said, “ And that’s why I don’t like putting On-Off switches on Apple devices.”

Joy to the WORLD! There IS an after-life!“
Steve Jobs

„Some people say, "Give the customers what they want." But that's not my approach. Out job is to figure out what they're going to want before they do. I think Henry Ford once said, "If I'd asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, 'A faster horse!'" People don't know what they want until you show it to them.“ Steve Jobs


„On the day he unveiled the Macintosh, a reporter from Popular Science asked Jobs what type of market research he had done. Jobs responded by scoffing, "Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?“ Steve Jobs

„You should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.

Excerpt From: Walter, Isaacson. “Steve Jobs.” Simon & Schuster, 2011-10-23T21:00:00+00:00. iBooks.
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Steve Jobs

„Throughout his life, Albert Einstein would retain the intuition and the awe of a child. He never lost his sense of wonder at the magic of nature's phenomena-magnetic fields, gravity, inertia, acceleration, light beams-which grown-ups find so commonplace. He retained the ability to hold two thoughts in his mind simultaneously, to be puzzled when they conflicted, and to marvel when he could smell an underlying unity. "People like you and me never grow old," he wrote a friend later in life. "We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.“

„Este es un homenaje a los locos. A los inadaptados. A los rebeldes. A los alborotadores. A las fichas redondas en los huecos cuadrados. A los que ven las cosas de forma diferente. A ellos no les gustan las reglas, y no sienten ningún respeto por el statu quo. Puedes citarlos, discrepar de ellos, glorificarlos o vilipendiarlos. Casi lo único que no puedes hacer es ignorarlos. Porque ellos cambian las cosas. Son los que hacen avanzar al género humano. Y aunque algunos los vean como a locos, nosotros vemos su genio. Porque las personas que están lo suficientemente locas como para pensar que pueden cambiar el mundo... son quienes lo cambian“ Steve Jobs

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