Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, died on Wednesday at the young age of 56. His death was confirmed by Apple Inc. and his family. The cause of his death hasn't been released, but Jobs suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer and his declining health led him to resign as CEO on Aug. 24.

Jobs revolutionized personal computing. A very simple and humble man, he dreamed big, so big that he created the consumer giant we now know as Apple Inc. in a garage. From a garage Apple has grown worldwide offering quality devices that people love such as the iPhone, iPods and Mac computers.

Jobs created a technological empire that drives change and innovation and compels others to think outside the box if they want to compete in a global economy.

When he resigned in August, Jobs ended a 14-year reign at Apple.

Not one to talk too much about his health, as he always preferred the spotlight to shine on his company and the great work of its employees, Jobs released a simple statement then: I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

He has left a legacy that will last a lifetime, not only in the way companies approach product innovation, but also in the way people live and lead.

Here are Jobs' thoughts on everything from life, leadership, and on death itself.

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