Are These the Top 25 Tech Quotes of All Time?


It’s been perhaps than a quarter-century since the modern technology industry became so ubiquitous in our personal lives, but that’s more than enough time for it to garner up some memorable quotes from the wisdom of Steve Jobs to the not-quite-wisdom of Senator Ted Stevens.

It’s a safe bet that if you haven’t heard of all of these 25 quotes, you’ve at least heard of most of them – if not, you must have been living in a very nice cave for the past 15 years. These quotes are memorable, popular to reference (or make fun of), and cover quite a wide range of tones and “reasons why they’re famous.”

There’s pithy wisdom like Steve Jobs’ “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to change the world?” question to then-Pepsi CEO John Sculley, and there’s hilarious-in-hindsight miscalculations such as minicomputer company DEC founder Kevin Olson’s prediction that “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” And then there’s Senator Ted Stevens’ famous “series of tubes,” but that’s neither here nor there.

Apple guru Jobs is the most quoted person on the list with three entries, followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President George W. Bush with two apiece.

I’m not sure that the #1 quote deserves its spot, though by the “Googleosity” metric used by the folks who compiled the list at PC World it’s far and away the most popular entry there is. Sure, it should be on there, but I’m not sure if it warrants the top spot.

What do you think? Should one of the others have been #1 instead?

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