Thursday, October 13, 2011

Appreciate The Trouble Makers


  1. I feel stupid. I've seen almost the exact quote attributed to Steve Jobs for many years now, and echoed it many times.

    I are not as smart as I think I is sometimes.

    1. You're not stupid, it IS a Steve Jobs quote, from a commercial campaign from the 1990s.

  2. Actually, Thurman, you're sort of right.

    According to Wikipedia (see this link), the "Crazy Ones" quote was used in a series of TV commercials done by Apple in the late 90's/early 2000's. One version featured the voice of Steve Jobs.

    As far as the Jack Kerouac connection, here's a quote from On the Road which no doubt was an inspiration for the "Crazy Ones" quote:

    “[...] the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!' What did they call such young people in Goethe's Germany?”

    P.S. I know this quote well, because I underlined it in my paperback copy of On the Road, which I unfortunately loaned out to a friend in 1973 and never got back.)

    P.P.S. Shortly before his death, Kerouac declared himself a lifelong conservative, as witnessed by this clip from William F. Buckley's Firing Line.

  3. i love matter who made it up

  4. Thanks for the info Curious Texan. Any way you slice it, that's two excellent quotes for the file.


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