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Stephen Hawking is one of the most popular physicists worldwide. He was diagnosed with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, at the age of 21, but didn’t let that stop him from living an amazing life.

Hawking started a family, published many theories and best-selling books, and has become one of the most respected people in his field.

Some of his best selling books include:

We’ve put together this whopping collection of the 65 best Stephen Hawking quotes of all time:

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1. “Aggression, humanity’s greatest vice, will destroy civilization.” – Stephen Hawking

2. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking

3. “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.” – Stephen Hawking

4. “I was never top of the class at school, but my classmates must have seen potential in me, because my nickname was ‘Einstein.’” – Stephen Hawking

5. “In less than a hundred years, we have found a new way to think of ourselves. From sitting at the center of the universe, we now find ourselves orbiting an average-sized sun, which is just one of millions of stars in our own Milky Way galaxy.” – Stephen Hawking

6. “It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.” – Stephen Hawking

7. “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” – Stephen Hawking

8. “Not only does God play dice, but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.” – Stephen Hawking

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9. “Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.” – Stephen Hawking

 

10. “So Einstein was wrong when he said, “God does not play dice.” Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen.” – Stephen Hawking

11. “The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognized. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. The wheelchair gives me away.” – Stephen Hawking

12. “To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.” – Stephen Hawking

13. “We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” – Stephen Hawking

14. “Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.” – Stephen Hawking

15. “I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.” – Stephen Hawking

16. “I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.” – Stephen Hawking

 

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17. “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.” – Stephen Hawking

 

18. “In my school, the brightest boys did math and physics, the less bright did physics and chemistry, and the least bright did biology. I wanted to do math and physics, but my father made me do chemistry because he thought there would be no jobs for mathematicians.” – Stephen Hawking

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19. “It matters if you just don’t give up.” – Stephen Hawking

20. “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.” – Stephen Hawking

21. “Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

22. “People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.” – Stephen Hawking

23. “So next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” – Stephen Hawking

24. “The missing link in cosmology is the nature of dark matter and dark energy.” – Stephen Hawking

25. “Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking

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26. “We each exist for but a short time, and in that time explore but a small part of the whole universe.” – Stephen Hawking

 

27. “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

28. “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” – Stephen Hawking

29. “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” – Stephen Hawking

30. “If I had to choose a superhero to be, I would pick Superman. He’s everything that I’m not.” – Stephen Hawking

31. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking

32. “It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. Its a crazy world out there. Be curious.” – Stephen Hawking

33. “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

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34. “One is always a long way from solving a problem until one actually has the answer.” – Stephen Hawking

35. “People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” – Stephen Hawking

36. “Some people would claim that things like love, joy and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution.” – Stephen Hawking

37. “The universe does not behave according to our pre-conceived ideas. It continues to surprise us.” – Stephen Hawking

38. “We are all different, but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt and survive.” – Stephen Hawking

39. “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach. 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

40. “God is the name people give to the reason we are here. But I think that reason is the laws of physics rather than someone with whom one can have a personal relationship. An impersonal God.” – Stephen Hawking

41. “I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.” – Stephen Hawking

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42. “I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time.” – Stephen Hawking

 

43. “If the government is covering up knowledge of aliens, they are doing a better job of it than they do at anything else.” – Stephen Hawking

44. “It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” – Stephen Hawking

45. “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

46. “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.” – Stephen Hawking

47. “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

48. “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” – Stephen Hawking

49. “Sooner or later disasters such as an asteroid collision or a nuclear war could wipe us all out, But once we spread out into space and establish independent colonies, our future should be safe.” – Stephen Hawking

 

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50. “Time and space are finite in extent, but they don’t have any boundary or edge. They would be like the surface of the earth, but with two more dimensions.” – Stephen Hawking

 

51. “We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.” – Stephen Hawking

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52. ”With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA, and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process, because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code.” – Stephen Hawking

53. “Government works best under the glare of public scrutiny. Absent such scrutiny, abuses occur.” – Stephen Hawking

54. “I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space.” – Stephen Hawking

55. “I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.” – Stephen Hawking

56. “If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.” – Stephen Hawking

57. “It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years.” – Stephen Hawking

58. “Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.” – Stephen Hawking

 

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59. “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” – Stephen Hawking

60. “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

61. “Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.” – Stephen Hawking

63. “Time travel used to be thought of as science fiction, but Einstein’s theory of general relativity allows the possibility that we could warp space time so much that you could fly off in a rocket and return before you set out. Unfortunately, it is likely that the warping would destroy the spaceship and maybe the space time, itself.” – Stephen Hawking

64. “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” – Stephen Hawking

65. “You cannot understand the glories of the universe without believing there is some Supreme Power behind it.” – Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking Quotes: On God, Aliens And The Nature Of Space And Time

Stephen Hawking Quotes On God and Religion

“I’m not religious in the normal sense. I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.” (Quoted in “Stephen Hawking prepares for weightless flight”, New Scientist [April 26, 2007])

“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.” (From an interview with Diane Sawyer in ABC World News (June 7, 2010))

“So Einstein was wrong when he said, ℠God does not play dice.´ Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen.” “To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.” (The Nature of Space and Time [1996] by Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, p. 121)

“The idea that space and time may form a closed surface without boundary also has profound implications for the role of God in the affairs of the universe. “¦ So long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the universe is really completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end: it would simply be. What place, then, for a creator?”  (From A Brief History of Time [1988])

“[T]he concept of time has no meaning before the beginning of the universe. This was first pointed out by St. Augustine. When asked: What did God do before he created the universe? Augustine didn’t reply: He was preparing Hell for people who asked such questions.” (From A Brief History of Time [1988])

66.“What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn’t prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.” (From an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel [October 17, 1988]

67.3“I regard the afterlife to be a fairy story for people that are afraid of the dark” (From an interview with Charlie Rose)

 

68.“We shouldn’t be surprised that conditions in the universe are suitable for life, but this is not evidence that the universe was designed to allow for life. We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God. There’s not much personal about the laws of physics.” (Quoted in “Leaping the Abyss” [April 2002] by Gregory Benford, in Reason Magazine)

 

Stephen Hawking Quotes On Life and Humanity

69.“I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space.” (From “Colonies in space may be only hope, says Hawking” by Roger Highfield in Daily Telegraph [October 16, 2001])

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” (From a 2010 interview with ABC´s Diane Sawyer)

70.“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn´t want to meet.” (From “Stephen Hawking warns over making contact with aliens” at BBC News [April 25, 2010])

71.“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” (From the German magazine Der Spiegel [October 17, 1988])

72.“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” (Tweeted from [email protected] on April 5, 2008)

73.“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” (From “The Science of Second-Guessing”, The New York Times [December 12, 2004])

74.“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.” (From a speech at Macworld Expo in Boston, quoted in The Daily News [August 4, 1994)])

75.“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.” (From People’s Daily Online [June 14, 2006])

76.“The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognized. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. The wheelchair gives me away.” (Quoted in “Happy 65th Birthday to Prof. Stephen Hawking!” at StarTrek.com [January 8, 2007])

Stephen Hawking Quotes On Aliens and Space

“The life we have on Earth must have spontaneously generated itself. It must therefore be possible for life to generate spontaneously elsewhere in the universe.”  (From the Discovery Channel program Alien Planet [May 14, 2005])

77.“I’m sorry to disappoint science fiction fans, but if information is preserved, there is no possibility of using black holes to travel to other universes. If you jump into a black hole, your mass energy will be returned to our universe but in a mangled form which contains the information about what you were like but in a state where it can not be easily recognized. It is like burning an encyclopedia. Information is not lost, if one keeps the smoke and the ashes. But it is difficult to read. In practice, it would be too difficult to re-build a macroscopic object like an encyclopedia that fell inside a black hole from information in the radiation, but the information preserving result is important for microscopic processes involving virtual black holes.” (“Information Loss in Black Holes” [July 2005])

 

78.“Time and space are finite in extent, but they don’t have any boundary or edge. They would be like the surface of the earth, but with two more dimensions.” (From Black Holes and Baby Universes [1994])

79.“I think [contacting an alien civilization] would be a disaster. The extraterrestrials would probably be far in advance of us. The history of advanced races meeting more primitive people on this planet is not very happy, and they were the same species. I think we should keep our heads low.” (From the National Geographic Channel program Naked Science: Alien Contact, as quoted in The New York Times (24 November 24, 2004)

80.“I am discounting reports of UFOs. Why would they appear only to cranks and weirdos?”  (Quoted in the TED talk, “Asking big questions about the universe”)

Stephen Hawking Quotes on Science and Philosophy

81.“Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?” (From A Brief History of Time [1988])

82.“It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It´s a crazy world out there. Be curious.”

83.“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” (Quoted in Stephen Hawking’s Universe [1985] by John Boslough)

84.“Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.” (From A Brief History of Time [1988])

85.“If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist.”  (From Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays [1993])

86.“One might think this means that imaginary numbers are just a mathematical game having nothing to do with the real world. From the viewpoint of positivist philosophy, however, one cannot determine what is real. All one can do is find which mathematical models describe the universe we live in. It turns out that a mathematical model involving imaginary time predicts not only effects we have already observed but also effects we have not been able to measure yet nevertheless believe in for other reasons. So what is real and what is imaginary? Is the distinction just in our minds?” (From The Universe In A Nutshell [2001])

 

87.“I think that it’s important for scientists to explain their work, particularly in cosmology. This now answers many questions once asked of religion.” (Quoted in “Return of the time lord” in The Guardian [September 27, 2005])

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