Steve Jobs Stanford speech: ‘death is a change agent’

‘Death is very likely the single best invention of life,’ said Jobs six years ago (with video)

LAST UPDATED AT 11:22 ON Thu 6 Oct 2011

THE DEATH of Steve Jobs has added even more poignancy to a video of the Apple founder giving a speech to Stanford University graduates in 2005 in which he discusses death and his battle with pancreatic cancer, which at the time he thought he had won.  

"No one wants to die," he says after discussing his diagnosis with a rare, treatable form of pancreatic cancer.

"Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new...

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

The full transcript of Steve Jobs’s speech can be seen at Stanford's website.

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