As Steve Jobs retires from Apple, here is a collection of quotes compiled by WSJ.

There is enough good wisdom to distill from those quotes.  But, one jumps out at me:
“The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.” [Apple Confidential: The Real Story of Apple Computer Inc., May 1999]

Today, more than ever, this sentiment is not only relevant to Apple, but to companies and even to countries.

And here is a very poignant Stanford commencement address he gave in 2005.  From this speech, you can also say he is a master story teller as well.

I used Macs while I was at college.  But thereafter, I was ensconced in the PC camp, especially since I worked at Compaq and Intel for few years.

Like many, I was re-introduced to Apple when the whole iPod phenomenon launched.  And I now have the iPad2.  Though, I am not an Apple “fanboy”, there is much to admire in Steve Jobs and Apple.  When it comes to design and abstracting the complexity away from the users, there are very few products out there that can do what Apple products can do.  And that is largely Jobs’ vision – making products that just works.  Working in IT, we always talk about figuring out a way to serve our customer’s needs.  But Job’s genius is in providing product to the user that he didn’t even knew he needed.  But, once he has it, the customer wonders how he lived without it!.  That is what I suppose delighting the customer is all about.  What real innovation is all about, sci-fi, but here and now!

As Jobs leaves center stage, his real legacy will be realized in 2-3 years.  This is when we will know if Apple was one man show, or will Apple continue to thrive and innovate without Jobs.