65 Stanford Quotes On Success In Life

These Stanford quotes will inspire you.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging Stanford quotes, Stanford sayings, and Stanford proverbs.

Best Stanford Quotes

  1. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help make the big choices in life. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” ~ Steve Jobs
  2. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” ~ Steve Jobs
  3. “You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” ~ Steve Jobs
  4. “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” ~ Steve Jobs
  5. “You’re already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ~ Steve Jobs

  6. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” ~ Steve Jobs
  7. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” ~ Steve Jobs
  8. “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” ~ Steve Jobs
  9. “You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” ~ Steve Jobs
  10. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~ Steve Jobs

  11. “The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work” ~ Steve Jobs
  12. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs
  13. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs
  14. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~ Steve Jobs
  15. “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.” ~ Steve Jobs

  16. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” ~ Steve Jobs
  17. “Don’t settle, as with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it” ~ Steve Jobs
  18. “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” ~ Steve Jobs
  19. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.” ~ Steve Jobs
  20. “I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year. It’s very character-building.” ~ Steve Jobs

  21. “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” ~ Steve Jobs
  22. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
  23. “A top geneticist at Stanford says human intelligence is declining. You know what that means? We are seeing Congress at its smartest and most effective right now.” ~ Jay Leno
  24. “My father was an engineer, .. But I found out that the film critics for the Stanford Daily got free passes for all the films. So I became first an assistant critic and then the main film critic. Those free passes changed my life.” ~ Roger Corman
  25. “If the Ivy League was the breeding ground for the elites of the American Century, Stanford is the farm system for Silicon Valley.” ~ Ken Auletta

  26. “I fear – as far as I can tell – that most undergraduate degrees in computer science these days are basically Java vocational training. I’ve heard complaints from even mighty Stanford University with its illustrious faculty that basically the undergraduate computer science program is little more than Java certification.” ~ Alan Kay
  27. “When I was in high school in the ’50s you were supposed to be an Elvis Presley, a James Dean, a Marlon Brando or a Kingston Trio type in a button-down shirt headed for the fraternities at Stanford or Cal.” ~ Robert Hass
  28. “Stanford University is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it’s as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever.” ~ Ken Auletta
  29. “In one sense, the Stanford prison study is more like a Greek drama than a traditional experiment, in that we have humanity, represented by a bunch of good people, pitted against an evil-producing situation. The question is, does the goodness of the people overwhelm the bad situation, or does the bad situation overwhelm the good people?” ~ Philip Zimbardo
  30. “I thought I was going to go back to Stanford, and then I got Election. I loved being an actor.” ~ Reese Witherspoon

  31. “I was 21 and had spent the last few years in Stanford University Engineering School at California. Many people advised me to take up a nice, cushy job rather than face the challenges of running a hydrogenated oil business. Looking back, I am glad I decided to take charge instead. Essentially leadership begins from within. It is a small voice that tells you where to go when you feel lost. If you believe in that voice, you believe in yourself.” ~ Azim Premji
  32. “Only in high school when I began programming computers, did I become interested in tech and start-ups, which led me to attend Stanford and major in Computer Science.” ~ Clara Shih
  33. “If a student takes a Stanford computer class and a Princeton business class, it shows they are motivated and have skills. We know it has helped employees get better jobs.” ~ Daphne Koller
  34. “This is the woman who stopped the Stanford Prison Study. When I said it got out of control, I was the prison superintendent. I didn’t know it was out of control. I was totally indifferent. She came down, saw that madhouse and said, “You know what, it’s terrible what you’re doing to those boys. They’re not prisoners, they’re not guards, they’re boys, and you are responsible.” And I ended the study the next day. The good news is I married her the next year.” ~ Philip Zimbardo3
  35. “Not everybody is qualified to go to Stanford, but everybody should have access to the best qualify for which they are eligible.” ~ Joseph Stiglitz

  36. “There was zero time for reflection. We had to feed the prisoners three meals a day, deal with the prisoner breakdowns, deal with their parents, run a parole board. By the third day I was sleeping in my office. I had become the superintendent of the Stanford county jail. That was who I was: I’m not the researcher at all. Even my posture changes–when I walk through the prison yard, I’m walking with my hands behind my back, which I never in my life do, the way generals walk when they’re inspecting troops.” ~ Philip Zimbardo
  37. “The first time I spoke publicly about the Stanford Prison Experiment, Stanley Milgram told me: “Your study is going to take all the ethical heat off of my back. People are now going to say yours is the most unethical study ever, and not mine.” ~ Philip Zimbardo
  38. “Bill Clinton’s favorite memory is Hillary leaning down and putting contact paper in the drawers, in the chest of drawers in Chelsea’s dorm room at Stanford. Favorite memory. Favorite memory! Out everything, favorite memory. Now, I would love to hear somebody in the media ask Hillary what contact paper is.” ~ Rush Limbaugh
  39. “I couldn’t help but to think back to my classmates at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. They had the same talent, the same brains, the same dreams as the folks we sat with at Stanford and Harvard. I realized the difference wasn’t one of intelligence or drive. The difference was opportunity.” ~ Julian Castro
  40. “I was very nervous about going up to teach at Stanford and very nervous even about going to ARPA.” ~ Vinton Cerf

  41. “I founded Atari in my garage in Santa Clara while at Stanford. When I was in school, I took a lot of business classes. I was really fascinated by economics. You end up having to be a marketeer, finance maven and a little bit of a technologist in order to get a business going.” ~ Nolan Bushnell
  42. “I am an English major in school with an emphasis in creative writing. I think hearing Maya Angelou speak at school last year was one of the best moments Stanford, at least, intellectually, had to offer.” ~ Fred Savage
  43. “In a fire you have to be thoughtful, you have to have a certain kind of intuitive smarts that the veterans have. I’m not there yet, despite the Stanford degree.” ~ Caroline Paul
  44. “But even more so, it reminded me that this was all really happening. Stanford. The end of the summer. The beginning of my real life. It was no longer just creeping up, peeking over the horizon, but instead lingering in plain sight.” ~ Sarah Dessen
  45. “The truth is, I was afraid the day I walked into Stanford. And I was afraid the day I walked out.” ~ Carly Fiorina

  46. “I lost the conviction that lights would always turn green for me, the pleasant certainty that those rather passive virtues which had won me approval as a child automatically guaranteed me not only Phi Beta Kappa keys but happiness, honor, and the love of a good man; lost a certain touching faith in the totem power of good manners, clean hair, and a proven competence on the Stanford-Binet scale. To such doubtful amulets had my self-respect been pinned, and I faced myself that day with the non-plused apprehension of someone who has come across a vampire and has no crucifix at hand.” ~ Joan Didion
  47. “The Stanford prison experiment came out of class exercises in which I encouraged students to understand the dynamics of prison life.” ~ Philip Zimbardo
  48. “When I want an opinion, I’ll get it from my peers – from men of vision, like our great railroad builders… Stanford, Huntington, Dinsmore… fellows with imaginations broad enough to span the continent.” ~ Jonathan Raban
  49. “And I went off to Stanford, I was pretty young and pretty naive. And I had a professor I really loved, who was himself a lawyer.” ~ Sandra Day O’Connor
  50. “My father was a physicist and also an activist. My first public protest was with my dad at Stanford. I came by all that honestly.” ~ Joan Baez

  51. “I have lectured at Town Hall N.Y., The Library of Congress, Harvard, Yale, Amherst, Wellesley, Columbia, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana State University, Colorado, Stanford, and scores of other places.” ~ Paul Engle3
  52. “Westerners often laud their children as ‘talented’ or ‘gifted’, while Asian parents highlight the importance of hard work. And in fact, research performed by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has found that the way parents offer approval affects the way children perform, even the way they feel about themselves.” ~ Amy Chua
  53. “I’ve lectured at Stanford, Princeton & Harvard to name a few… I just might be smarter than YOU” ~ Ice T
  54. “In marked contrast to the University of Wisconsin, Biochemistry was hardly visible at Stanford in 1945, consisting of only two professors in the chemistry department.” ~ Paul D. Boyer
  55. “I spend a year at the Hoover Institute at Stanford, researching market approaches to air pollution control.” ~ Gale Norton

  56. “I wrote the first draft of my first novel at Michigan, and then I wrote the first draft of ‘Salvage the Bones’ at Stanford. So I workshopped the entire thing.” ~ Jesmyn Ward
  57. “Let’s face it, I like Stanford grads. I’d always hear about this campus, and everybody is riding bikes, and people hopping into fountains.” ~ Barack Obama
  58. “I started studying shyness in adults in 1972. Shyness operates at so many different levels. Out of that research came the Stanford shyness clinic in 1977.” ~ Philip Zimbardo
  59. “In many of our [online] courses, the median response time for a question on the question and answer forum was 22 minutes – which is not a level of service I have ever offered to my Stanford students.” ~ Daphne Koller
  60. “The tragedy wasn’t that Stanford White died, but that I lived.” ~ Evelyn Nesbit

  61. “We like to think there is this core of human nature – that good people can’t do bad things, and that good people will dominate over bad situations. Infact, when we look at the Stanford prison studies, that we put good people in an evil place, and we saw who won. Well, the sad message in this, is in this case is the evil place won over the good people.” ~ Philip Zimbardo
  62. “My job at Stanford is rather different from the ones I had held previously in that my own ambitions must take a back seat to the well-being of the students with whom I work.” ~ Robert B. Laughlin
  63. “When I moved to Stanford I began to pursue the line of research I have been following ever since, namely trying to understand the larger implications of fractional quantum hall discovery.” ~ Robert B. Laughlin

  64. “Years ago, when I was (at Stanford), you had maybe one or two teams — at one time I was part of one of those teams — you didn’t have to worry about, … Now it’s not that way in the conference. A lot of the teams that were once at the bottom kind of have their games together and are making their way to the top.” ~ Tyrone Willingham
  65. “Several of our players at Stanford have used the J-Glove and J-Strap with excellent results. It is a very useful training tool for the player looking to improve both their shot and their percentage. I would recommend it to anyone looking for that extra edge.” ~ Tara VanDerveer

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