Stephen Hawking quotes

Born
8 January 1942 Oxford, England.

Died
14 March 2018.

Occupation
Theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author.

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009.

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
Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.
– Stephen Hawking
We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.
– Stephen Hawking
Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
– Stephen Hawking
People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.
– Stephen Hawking
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
I can’t say that my disability has helped my work, but it has allowed me to concentrate on research without having to lecture or sit on boring committees.
– Stephen Hawking
My three children have brought me great joy.
– Stephen Hawking
What was God doing before the divine creation?
– Stephen Hawking
I’m an atheist.
– Stephen Hawking
Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.
– Stephen Hawking
Nothing cannot exist forever.
– Stephen Hawking
Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics.
– Stephen Hawking
There is no unique picture of reality.
– Stephen Hawking
Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.
– Stephen Hawking
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
Women. They are a complete mystery.
– Stephen Hawking
I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.
– Stephen Hawking
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
– Stephen Hawking
If you understand the universe, you control it, in a way.
– Stephen Hawking
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
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
Imaginary time is a new dimension, at right angles to ordinary, real time.
– Stephen Hawking
What I’d really like to control is not machines, but people.
– Stephen Hawking
We think we have solved the mystery of creation. Maybe we should patent the universe and charge everyone royalties for their existence.
– Stephen Hawking
Exploration by real people inspires us.
– Stephen Hawking
Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.
– Stephen Hawking
No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before.
– Stephen Hawking
Maybe I don’t have the most common kind of motor neuron disease, which usually kills in two or three years.
– Stephen Hawking
We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.
– Stephen Hawking
Earth might one day soon resemble the planet Venus.
– Stephen Hawking
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
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
– Stephen Hawking
People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
– Stephen Hawking
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
The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.
– Stephen Hawking
I have wondered about time all my life.
– Stephen Hawking
We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit.
– Stephen Hawking
We should seek the greatest value of our action.
– Stephen Hawking
The universe is not indifferent to our existence – it depends on it.
– Stephen Hawking
It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.
– Stephen Hawking