There is a certain irony to the fact that one of the most well-known life after death quotes of all time came from a man who dedicated his career to improving the lives of people here on Earth. As it turns out, Steve Jobs was not only a technology visionary, he was also an incredibly deep person with one eye on this life and the other on the next.

Steve’s Views on the Afterlife Were Shaped by His Unique Life and Struggles

Of course, part of the reason that Steve Jobs spoke out about the afterlife at all was that he was forced to face his mortality fairly early in his life. In 2003, while Jobs was in his late 40s, the tech billionaire was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For almost a decade, he fought against this tragic illness, using both traditional and alternative medicines to maximize his chances of survival. He also explored his spiritual side as he hoped for the best and prepared for the worst.

Towards the end of his life, Steve Jobs also offered one of the most powerful quotes about life and death that I have ever read. Here’s what he said:

No one wants to die. 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. – Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs Life After Death Quote

There is so much to unpack here. For starters, Steve is clearly not ready to pass on. Had he beaten his cancer, I have no double that he would have gone on to improve the world in countless ways.

Does Our Mortality Make Our Lives More Meaningful?

But, the larger point that Steve is making is that the concept of death gives our lives meaning. We cannot live forever. As a result, we are motivated to make the most from our lives, while we have them. Moreover, when we do pass away, we can take some solace in the fact that the universe will continue without us.

No matter how great our contribution, we cannot change the course of space or time. We appeared and we will fade. So, while we should be passionate in our pursuit of excellence, we should not carry the weight of the world on our shoulders.

To me, Steve seemed like a man who felt like he had done his best to make the world a better place. Towards the end, he wasn’t ready to go, but, he was ready to let go. I hope that this simple distinction gave him peace in his final days.

What does Steve Job’s quote about life after death and the importance of our own mortality meant to you? Do you agree with the idea that our mortality is a positive factor in our lives? Why or why not?