Stephen Hawking quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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Dying recently, the world is still mourning the theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and director of research within the University of Cambridge. He did many things in his life. Hawking will be known for his work on Hawking radiation, collaborations with other people, and his appearances in pop culture. His understanding of the universe and math was next level and I still struggle to understand what he says sometimes.

  • “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. ”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” ― Stephen Hawking 
  • “One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…..Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.”
    ― Stephen Hawking, Sigan Ŭn Hangsang Mirae Ro Hŭrŭnŭnʼga: Hokʻing Paksa Ŭi Chaemi Innŭn Chʻoesin Ujuron
  • “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “The idea of 10 dimensions might sound exciting, but they would cause real problems if you forget where you parked your car.”
    ― Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design
  • “If there really is a complete unified theory that governs everything, it presumably also determines your actions. But it does so in a way that is impossible to calculate for an organism that is as complicated as a human being. The reason we say that humans have free will is because we can’t predict what they will do.”
    ― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
  • “The human capacity for guilt is such that people can always find ways to blame themselves”
    ― Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design
  • “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “Simplicity is a matter of taste”
    ― Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design
  • “Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory.”
    ― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
  • “The rate of progress is so rapid that what one learns at school or university is always a bit out of date. Only a few people can keep up with the rapidly advancing frontier of knowledge, and they have to devote their whole time to it and specialize in a small area. The rest of the population has little idea of the advances that are being made or the excitement they are generating.”
    ― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
  • “There could be whole antiworlds and antipeople made out of antiparticles. However, if you meet your antiself, don’t shake hands! You would both vanish in a great flash of light.”
    ― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
  • “It’s the gravity that shapes the large scale structure of the universe, even though it is the weakest of four categories of forces.”
    ― Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time
  • “The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We are so insignificant that I can’t believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “As those who have seen Jurassic Park will know, this means a tiny disturbance in one place, can cause a major change in another. A butterfly flapping its wings can cause rain in Central Park, New York. The trouble is, it is not repeatable. The next time the butterfly flaps its wings, a host of other things will be different, which will also influence the weather. That is why weather forecasts are so unreliable.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “Although quantum mechanics has been around for nearly 70 years, it is still not generally understood or appreciated, even by those that use it to do calculations.”
    ― Stephen Hawking
  • “I swear to use my scientific knowledge for the good of Humanity. I promise never to harm any person in my search for enlightenment.

    I shall be courageous and careful in my quest for greater knowledge about the mysteries that surround us. I shall not use scientific knowledge for my own personal gain or give it to those who seek to destroy the wonderful planet on which we live.

    If I break this oath, may the beauty and wonder of the Universe forever remain hidden from me.”
    ― Stephen Hawking, George’s Secret Key to the Universe

 

I want to buy his book called A Brief History of Time. It lasted 237 weeks as a best seller in the British Sunday times. I want to read his many personal views that I have seen in speeches he has made. For a person with slow progressing disabilities, he is inspirational for his time and effort put in all forms of academia and pop culture. Rest in peace Stephen Hawking.

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