I’m honored that my quote was chosen as the introduction to People Magazine‘s Steve Jobs tribute issue: “Farewell to an American Original” (Oct 24, 2011).

“Not long after he announced his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2004, Steve Jobs had a trampoline installed in the backyard of his home in California’s Silicon Valley. While two workers assembled the frame and rigged a net, Jobs stood by and analyzed the trampoline’s design. Even after they were finished and Jobs hopped on for a tryout, he couldn’t help talking about how he would make it better. ‘He was jumping up and down with a big smile on his face, and when he got off, he told us some ways to improve the netting,’ says kc! Bradshaw, who helped with the installation. ‘He was talking about how he’d simplify the structure or hang the net this way. He just really wanted to improve it, like this need to make the best product was in his DNA.'”

Anatomy of a fake quotation.

According to Megan McArdle writing for The Atlantic, a portion of yesterday’s quote (below) is incorrect. You can read her full explaination here, but to summarize: an English teacher named Jessica Dovey originally posted a comment (the first sentence) followed by the MLK, Jr. quote on her Facebook page. Somehow the quotation marks were stripped from the entire piece after it started getting traction across the internet, and the entire paragraph began to be attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have decided to leave the entire quote up as it was posted, because the sentiment still rings true for me—and has helped me to try and understand the mixed feelings I am experiencing. Thank you for understanding.

“I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.