Colleagues, family and friends remember Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., influenced the world with products from the iPod to the iPad. His death on Wednesday at age 56 prompted an outpouring of remembrances.

Here are some of those statements:

"Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could chane the world, and talented enough to do it." - President Barack Obama

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple." - Apple CEO Tim Cook, who succeeded Jobs in the role in August.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve." - Apple's board of directors.

"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve's illness." - Steve Jobs' family.

"For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely." - Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.

"Steve was such an 'original,' with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend." - The Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger.

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"Steve was a larger-than-life personality - passionate about music and one of its biggest fans and advocates. He was a true visionary who forever transformed how fans access and enjoy music. With the introduction of the iTunes software and other platforms... His legacy will live on, long past his all-too-short time on Earth." - Cary Sherman, CEO, Recording Industry Association of America.

"Today, we lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time. Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation. While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I'm reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionizing the way people consume media and entertainment." - News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.

"The genius of Steve Jobs, a man I've known for 40 years, not only brought to life the visual magic and brilliant storytelling of Pixar, but brought the world one of the most innovative and successful platforms to make movies and TV available online at the click of a mouse. He was a pioneer, and helped all of us better understand how technologists and creators can work together to enrich and enliven our shared world." - Sen. Chris Dodd, CEO, Motion Picture Association of America.

"He humanized technology and made it work in wondrous ways that genuinely improved our lives." - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

"I believe history will remember Steve Jobs as one of the greatest innovators of all time, the Thomas Edison of the 21st Century. And I will also remember him as someone who had my total admiration for his unwavering dedication to improving mankind." - U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif.

How would you describe Steve Jobs' legacy? Tell us in the comments or on the ABC7 Facebook page. After the jump, a look at the way the Twitter world reacted to the passing of Steve Jobs.

Celebrities took to Twitter - many on Apple devices - to share their thoughts about Steve Jobs' death Wednesday. A sampling of posts:

"Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us. (hash)ThankYouSteve" - Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"My heart weeps for all who worked with Steve and who loved him, especially my friend Laurene and their children." - Maria Shriver.

"We will miss you, Steve Jobs. Sent lovingly from my iPhone." - Jane Lynch.

"For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely." - Bill Gates.

"Had the pleasure of working for him and knowing him. He was our Edison. R.I.P. Steve Jobs." - actor-writer-director Albert Brooks.

"Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. Kinda can't believe he's gone. Carrying a little part of him in my pocket every day." - actress Martha Plimpton.

"Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. Your genius will live on for generations to come..." - actor Neil Patrick Harris.

"Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. You've changed forever the world you leave behind." - Katie Couric.

"We lost a man of true vision today. Condolences to the whole Apple family." - actor-director Jon Favreau.

"Such a sad day, I can trace my apple memories to the IIC when i was a kid. RIP." - singer Josh Groban.

"You guys I'm sad about Steve Jobs too but SteveJobs2 comes out in like a month." - actor Eli Roth.

"(hash)RIP (hash)SteveJobs, thank you for revolutionizing the way we listen to music. Your vision will not be forgotten." - The Grammys (Recording Academy).

"Damn. RIP STEVE JOBS. Thanx for all the stuff you gave us. Life is Short. Live it up." - rocker Benji Madden.

"So sad to hear about Steve Jobs. He was a genius and one of the most innovative people on earth. He changed the world in so many ways. RIP." - Paris Hilton.

"The world lost a true visionary today. Think different." - Kevin Spacey.
"Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all of the fun and amazing ways you made our lives better....Sent from my iPhone." - Jimmy Fallon.

"My heart goes out for the family of Steve Jobs. What an inspiration he was to us all and a creative visionary for the world! You will be missed." - Eva Longoria.

"We have all surfed on the wake of Steve Jobs ship. Now we must learn to sail, but we will never forget our skipper." - Ashton Kutcher.

"I can't even describe how devastated I am by the news of the great Steve Jobs passing. He was truly one of the most prolific artists and forward thinking people the world has ever known. My prayers and heart goes out to his family and those lucky enough to have known him." - Mila Jovovich.

"Again and again Steve Jobs introduced us to a thing we could not have not imagined. (hash)loss." - Mia Farrow.

"Where is the excitement gonna come from. We won't see another you in this lifetime. Thank you for everything Steve! :o(" - Ricky Martin.

"As word passes thru the crowd of Steve Jobs' passing, it is not lost on anyone that his inventions helped make movements like this possible." - Michael Moore.

"RIP Steve Jobs.....what an innovator. This world will miss him." - LeAnn Rimes.

"100 million iphones don't lie. What an amazing man...HE is the apple of all of our i's. We have an i everything and its all so amazing." - Billy Bush.

"Sad news. RIP Steve Jobs." - Ralph Macchio.

"For all of the human qualities that inspired the virtual. (hash)ripstevejobs." - Sandra Bernhard.