Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

 私が若いころ、全地球カタログ(The Whole Earth Catalog)というすばらしい本に巡り合いました。私の世代の聖書のような本でした。スチュワート・ブランドというメンロパークに住む男性の作品で、詩的なタッチで躍動感がありました。パソコンやデスクトップ出版が普及する前の1960年代の作品で、すべてタイプライターとハサミ、ポラロイドカメラで作られていた。言ってみれば、グーグルのペーパーバック版です。グーグルの登場より35年も前に書かれたのです。理想主義的で、すばらしい考えで満ちあふれていました。