Stephen Hawking

stephen hawking quotes

Stephen William Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was a British physicist, scientist, professor and author best known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity. In 1963, at an age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease that gradually paralyzed him over the decades.

Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford, England, on January 8, 1942. Even after being paralyzed and loss of his speech he never gave up and continued his scientific works. His research and theories on black holes turned him into a celebrity scientist.

Hawking was the author of several popular science books including ‘A Brief History of Time‘, ‘The Universe in a Nutshell‘ and ‘The Grand Design‘.

On March 14, 2018, at the age of 76, Hawking died after living with the disease for more than 50 years. He is probably the most recognizable and admired scientist of all times.

Stephen Hawking Quotes

Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.
Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
Time travel was once considered scientific heresy, and I used to avoid talking about it...
Time travel was once considered scientific heresy, and I used to avoid talking about it for fear of being labelled a ‘crank’.
I am just a child who has never grown up.
I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.
Quiet people have the loudest minds.
Quiet people have the loudest minds.
Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.
Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.
There is no unique picture of reality.
There is no unique picture of reality.
God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.
God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.
I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die.
I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.
People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
We are all different, but we share the same human spirit.
We are all different, but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt and survive.
It will take about a thousand million million million million years for the Earth to run into the sun...
It will take about a thousand million million million million years for the Earth to run into the sun, so there’s no immediate cause for worry!
We should seek the greatest value of our action.
We should seek the greatest value of our action.
There could be shadow galaxies, shadow stars, and even shadow people.
There could be shadow galaxies, shadow stars, and even shadow people.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.
The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.
Without imperfection, you or I would not exist.
Without imperfection, you or I would not exist.
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.
My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matter that you don’t just give up.
God is the name people give to the reason we are here.
God is the name people give to the reason we are here.
Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.
Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.