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Tim Cook quotes on beliefs, goals, innovation, change, think, teamwork, life, etc.

110 Tim Cook Quotes To Inspire You Everyday

Quick Facts

Famous As: CEO of Apple Inc.

Born On: November 1, 1960

Born In: Mobile

The current Chief Executive Officer of arguably world’s most popular smart-phone brand Apple, Tim Cook is an American industrial engineer and a business executive. Born and raised in Alabama, USA, Tim finished his MBA from Duke University and started working at IBM. After gaining a 12 years experience at IBM, in 1998 he was personally hired by Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple. He started with the post of Senior Vice President of Apple and for the next few years, Tim’s decisions made Apple a leader in style, durability and cost effectiveness and as a result, Apple slowly started registering huge profits. In August 2011, Tim was officially made the CEO of Apple prior to Steve Jobs’ death and under his leadership, the company further excelled. Tim is gay and is one of the very few public figures who have openly accepted their sexuality. We have compiled the best of Tim Cook quotes on beliefs, goals, innovation, change, think, teamwork and life taken from his books, interviews, speeches, product launches and articles.

Think about what you're passionate about. I did not learn something early enough: if I could go back, I'd tell the younger me that there's a big difference between loving to work and loving the work.

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What all of us have to do is to make sure we are using AI in a way that is for the benefit of humanity, not to the detriment of humanity.

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We didn't make the first mp3, smartphone, or tablet. But you can say we made the first modern mp3, smartphone, and tablet. And I think now we're making the first modern smartwatch.

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You don't have to choose between doing good and doing well. It's a false choice, today more than ever.

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We generally acquire a company every three to four weeks on average. And so it's a rare month that there's not a company being bought. We typically buy for technology and really great people.

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That has always been the objective of Apple: to do things that really enrich people's lives. That you look back on and you wonder, 'How did I live without this?'

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We could build just about anything that you could dream of. But that's not the question. The thing that Beats provides us is a head start. They provide us with incredible people that don't grow on trees.

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It's not what Apple and Beats are doing today. It's what we believe pairing the two together can produce for the future.

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What Beats brings to Apple are guys with very rare skills. People like this aren't born every day. They're very rare. They really get music deeply.

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Music's always been at the heart of Apple. It's deep in our DNA. We've sold Macs to musicians since the beginning of Macs.

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I have to feel myself doing what's right. If I'm the arbiter of that instead of letting the guy on TV be that or someone who doesn't know me at all, then I think that's a much better way to live.

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France has always had a special place for Apple. This is the best place to discover and chat with all musicians, graphic designers, designers, or photographers who use our products. There is such creative energy.

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I see the Mac being a key part of Apple for the long term, and I see growth in the Mac for the long term.

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I think that some people will never buy a computer because I think now we're at the point where the iPad does what some people want to do with their PCs.

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I personally think 3D Touch is a game changer. I find that my efficiency is way up with 3D touch because I can go through so many emails so quickly.

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We are constantly auditing our supply chain. Making sure that safety standards are - are, you know, are the highest. We're making sure that working conditions are the highest.

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There have been people that suggest that we should have a back door. But the reality is if you put a back door in, that back door's for everybody - for good guys and bad guys.

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I don't subscribe to the view some people have in the industry that you should purposefully design products that do not last that long. I don't think it is good for anyone.

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We don't collect a lot of your data and understand every detail about your life. That's just not the business that we are in.

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Our values are that we do think that people have a right to privacy. And that our customers are not our products.

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We shouldn't all be fixated just on what's not available. We should take a step back and look at the total that's available, because there's a mountain of information about us.

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We think the government should be pushing for more encryption. That it's a great thing. You know, it's like the sun and the air and the water.

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Market in India is big enough for several brands. For us, it's about innovation, making best product, and making the ecosystem better and better. If we do that well, then more people will switch from Android to iOS.

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I am very bullish on India because of its people, its culture, and the leadership. I love the culture and warmth of people.

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We try to continually push ourselves to do more and more, not just on the hardware side but also in terms of developers' tools so they can take advantage of the hardware that's there, in the best way.

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It gives me a lot of energy to talk to developers or meet students in classrooms who are using our technology to help learn faster and better. Watching them pursue their passion.

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People love our products. They love using our services. All of this, to me, equals great opportunity.

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We have never said that we're perfect. We've said that we seek that. But we sometimes fall short.

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Everybody in technology seems to want big numbers. Steve never got carried away with that. He focused on making the best.

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I think it's smart for the United States to have some kind of tax revenue for international earnings - if that tax were reasonable.

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The North Star has always been the same, which for us, is about making insanely great products that really change the world in some way - enrich people's lives.

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We don't really look at the stock, you know? Because for us, it's about the long term. And so we're very much focused on long-term shareholder value but not the short-term kind of stuff.

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The reality is, is that we love competition, at Apple. We think it makes us all better. But we want people to invent their own stuff.

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Our whole role in life is to give you something you didn't know you wanted. And then once you get it, you can't imagine your life without it. And you can count on Apple doing that.

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I'd rather Apple cannibalize Apple than somebody else cannibalize Apple.

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To whom much is given, much is expected. I do believe this. It's embedded in me.

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Apple doesn't do hobbies as a general rule.

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I don't really think anything Microsoft does puts pressure on Apple.

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You can only do so many things great, and you should cast aside everything else.

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Price is rarely the most important thing. A cheap product might sell some units. Somebody gets it home and they feel great when they pay the money, but then they get it home and use it and the joy is gone.

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I've always hated litigation, and I continue to hate it.

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You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user.

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I don't think Apple has to own a content business.

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The worst thing in the world that can happen to you if you're an engineer that has given his life to something is for someone to rip it off and put their name to it.

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I love museums but I don't want to live in one.

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I learned that focus is key. Not just in your running a company, but in your personal life as well.

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In my view the tablet and the PC are different. You can do things with the tablet if you are not encumbered by the legacy of the PC.

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It turns out that people - in every country in the world, there's a segment of buyer that wants the best product and the best experience. And that's what we're about providing.

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We think coding should be required in every school because it's as important as any kind of second language.

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A back door is a nonstarter. It means we are all not safe... I don't support a back door for any government, ever.

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Every time I meet Prime Minister Modi and listen to him and then see his actions, including GST, I see bold things that I don't see in any other place. I am super impressed and optimistic.

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The most important thing is, Do you have the courage to admit that you're wrong? And do you change? The most important thing to me as a CEO is that we keep the courage.

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At one point in time, you had to choose, 'Do you want to do consumer or enterprise?' But the reality today is a bit different: Enterprises are a collection of consumers.

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From an app point of view, if you looked at innovation on the PC, you'd be hard pressed to find companies innovating. The list is small.

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Apple has a culture of excellence that is, I think, so unique and so special. I'm not going to witness or permit the change of it.

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This is Steve's company. This is still Steve's company. It was born that way; it's still that way. And so his spirit, I think, will always be the DNA of this company.

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We have to make sure, at Apple, that we stay true to focus, laser focus - we know we can only do great things a few times, only on a few products.

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The way we look at manufacturing is this: the U.S.'s strategy should be to skate where the puck is going, not where it is.

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The kind of investors we seek are long term because that's how we make our decisions.

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While infusing technology with humanity, we are trying to make sure it's used for good and also trying to foresee some of the ways it can be used in a bad way and eliminate those.

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I think two people with strong points of view can appreciate each other even more.

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Anything can change, because the smartphone revolution is still in the early stages.

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I am who I am, and I'm focused on that, and being a great CEO of Apple.

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People like things they can do now, not just think about.

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If you look at the automobile in many countries, there is a certified pre-owned market for Lexus, BMW, and many other brands. When you buy a high-end smartphone, you can expect the same kind of a situation there.

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Work takes on new meaning when you feel you are pointed in the right direction. Otherwise, it's just a job, and life is too short for that.

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You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem.

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I think the iPhone is the best consumer product ever. That's what I feel about it. And it's become so integrated and integral to our lives, you wouldn't think about leaving home without it.

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I think of a traditional CEO as being divorced from customers. A lot of consumer company CEOs - they're not really interacting with consumers.

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We see that in the top problems in the world between haves and have-nots, generally we find that the root cause is education.

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All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news. We must try to squeeze this without stepping on freedom of speech and of the press, but we must also help the reader.

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Companies that get confused, that think their goal is revenue or stock price or something. You have to focus on the things that lead to those.

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Augmented reality will take some time to get right, but I do think that it's profound.

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National security always matters, obviously. But the reality is that if you have an open door in your software for the good guys, the bad guys get in there, too.

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I think the most diverse group will produce the best product; I firmly believe that.

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When technological advancement can go up so exponentially, I do think there's a risk of losing sight of the fact that tech should serve humanity, not the other way around.

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The right focus for the U.S. is on advanced manufacturing - something that requires innovation.

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Our goal has never been to make the most. It's always been to make the best.

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Life is fragile. We're not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you've got.

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We're very simple people at Apple. We focus on making the world's best products and enriching people's lives.

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When we launch a product, we're already working on the next one. And possibly even the next, next one.

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Let your joy be in your journey - not in some distant goal.

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I'm excited about Augmented Reality because unlike Virtual Reality, which closes the world out, AR allows individuals to be present in the world but hopefully allows an improvement on what's happening presently.

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It's hard to edit. It's hard to stay focused. And yet, we know we'll only do our best work if we stay focused. And so, you know, the hardest decisions we made are all the things not to work on, frankly.

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You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change.

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If you embrace that the things that you can do are limitless, you can put your ding in the universe. You can change the world.

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I hope people remember me as a good and decent man. And if they do, then that's success.

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I think each person, if you're a CEO, the most important thing is to have - to me, is to pick people around you that aren't like you, that complement you. Because you want to build a puzzle; you don't want to stack Chiclets up and have everyone be the same. And so I believe in diversity with a capital D.

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We collectively, to get things done, work together as a team. Because the work really happens horizontally in our company, not vertically. Products are horizontal. It takes hardware plus software plus services to make a killer product.

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People should have values, so by extension, a company should. And one of the things you do is give back. So how do you give back? We give back through our work in the environment, in running the company on renewable energy. We give back in job creation.

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If you look at iPod, iPod wasn't viewed as a success, but today it's viewed as an overnight success. The iPhone was the same way. People were writing about there's no physical keyboard. Obviously nobody would want it.

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For us, the most important thing we can do is raise people up - that is, either by giving the ability to do things they could not otherwise do, allow them to create things they couldn't otherwise create. It's about giving them tools; it is about empowering people.

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You have to find the intersection of doing something you're passionate about and that, at the same time, is in the service of other people. I would argue if you don't find that intersection, you're not going to be very happy.

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You know, this iPhone, as a matter of fact, the engine in here is made in America. And not only are the engines in here made in America, but engines are made in America and are exported. The glass on this phone is made in Kentucky. And so we've been working for years on doing more and more in the United States.

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If you believe, as we believe, that diversity leads to better products, and we're all about making products that enrich people's lives, then you obviously put a ton of energy behind diversity the same way you would put a ton of energy behind anything else that is truly important.

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Virtual reality sort of encloses and immerses the person into an experience that can be really cool but probably has a lower commercial interest over time. Less people will be interested in that, but there are some really cool areas there for education and gaming that we have a lot of interest in.

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When Apple looks at what categories to enter, we ask these kinds of questions: What are the primary technologies behind this? What do we bring? Can we make a significant contribution to society with this? If we can't, and if we can't own the key technologies, we don't do it.

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To me, this is the perfect marriage. There's no friction. There's just, we have what they need, they have what we need. And so IBM is in the process, with our help, of designing many different apps for many different verticals.

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My view on working with any government in the world is that there are things that you will agree upon and things that you will not. And you don't want to let the things you don't mean that you don't have any interface.

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Apple is the only company that can take hardware, software, and services and integrate those into an experience that's an 'aha' for the customer. You can take that and apply to markets that we're not in today.

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When you care about people's happiness and productivity, you give them what brings out the best in them and their creativity. And if you give them a choice, they'll say, 'I want an iPhone,' or 'I want a Mac.' We think we can win a lot of corporate decisions at that level.

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I've been thinking about 'The Jetsons' since I was a kid. But occasionally, you want 'The Jetsons' to come to reality. That's what Apple is so great at: Productizing things and bringing them to you so you can be a part of it.

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Prior to the App Store, the chances of that happening, of somebody really young forming a company and in a period of no time really becoming a global provider of a game or something else, it really didn't happen. Now there are these success stories popping up everywhere.

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It wasn't very long ago when you wouldn't even think about there being health information on the smartphone. There's financial information. There's your conversations; there's business secrets. There's probably more information about you on here than exists in your home.

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