Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

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Author Profession: US Writer
Born: May 20, 1952
Age: 64 years old
Birth Sign: Taurus

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I think one problem we've had is that people who are smart and creative and innovative as engineers went into financial engineering.

Terrorism is a horrible thing that is the great threat to civilization on our planet.

Smart people are a dime a dozen. What matters is the ability to think different... to think out of the box.

I think right now we need to look back at the founding values of our country. Rise above partisanship, be less bitter when it comes to important matters that have to be solved.

When you write biographies, whether it's about Ben Franklin or Einstein, you discover something amazing: They are human.

You know, one of these things that happened in the '60s and '70s was this confluence of, sort of, a counter-culture with computer culture.

I've always had an abundance of material about the subjects of my biographies.

I wonder now how tough you have to be to get big things done.

What Einstein was able to do was - to use a cliche - think out of the box.

I think when money starts to corrupt journalism, it undermines the journalism, and it undermines the credibility of the product, and you end up not succeeding.

Just being the seeker, somebody whose open to spiritual enlightenment, is in itself the important thing and it's the reward for being a seeker in this world.

More generally, I made an effort to leave out things that weren't relevant to the main narrative themes of the book, namely that there were two sides to Steve Jobs: the romantic, poetic, countercultural rebel on one side, and the serious businessperson on the other.

When there are multiple versions of a story, you really have three ways to go. You can pick the most sensational version. You can try to balance things in your gut to get to what you think is the honest truth. Or you can err on the side of kindness.

And if you don't have your ears open, you're not going to be able to figure out what you should be doing.

I do think it's important, if you're going to be very creative, to be a seeker.

I have a strong emotional respect for Steve.

I think it's very important to have a sense of balance in covering the war, but you don't have to be morally neutral about terrorism.

Polite and velvety leaders, who take care to avoid bruising others, are generally not as effective at forcing change.

He said, 'From then on, I realized that I was not just abandoned. I was chosen. I was special.' And I think that's the key to understanding Steve Jobs.

I actually think Bill Gates is conventionally smarter, even though it's a dumb word, but mental processing power - I've watched him use four different screens, process information, get to the right answer, boom boom boom.

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. John Lennon

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

I never understood a word John Cassavetes said. And I think he did that deliberately. Peter Falk bio

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