Stephen Hawking Quotes on Life

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Stephen Hawking Quotes On Life

1. My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film. I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part. – Stephen Hawking

2. I’m an atheist.- Stephen HawkingWe lived in a tall, narrow Victorian house, which my parents had bought very cheaply during the war when everyone thought London was going to be bombed flat. In fact, a V-2 rocket landed a few houses away from ours. I was away with my mother and sister at the time, but my father was in the house. – Stephen Hawking

3. It’s time to commit to finding the answer, to search for life beyond Earth. Mankind has a deep need to explore, to learn, to know. We also happen to be sociable creatures. It is important for us to know if we are alone in the dark. – Stephen Hawking

4. God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator. – Stephen Hawking

5. My three children have brought me great joy. – Stephen Hawking

6. I had not expected ‘A Brief History of Time’ to be a best seller. It was my first popular book and aroused a great deal of interest. Initially, many people found it difficult to understand. I, therefore, decided to try to write a new version that would be easier to follow. – Stephen Hawking

7. Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. – Stephen Hawking

8. Before I lost my voice, it was slurred, so only those close to me could understand, but with the computer voice, I found I could give popular lectures. I enjoy communicating science. It is important that the public understands basic science if they are not to leave vital decisions to others. – Stephen Hawking

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

10. I don’t have much positive to say about motor neurone disease. But it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I could still do. – Stephen Hawking

11. 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

12. The fastest manned vehicle in history was Apollo 10. It reached 25,000 mph. – Stephen Hawking

13. If we want to travel into the future, we just need to go fast. Really fast. And I think the only way we’re ever likely to do that is by going into space. – Stephen Hawking

14. Some scientists think it may be possible to capture a wormhole and enlarge it many trillions of times to make it big enough for a human or even a spaceship to enter. – Stephen Hawking

15. If I had a time machine, I’d visit Marilyn Monroe in her prime or drop in on Galileo as he turned his telescope to the heavens. – Stephen Hawking

16. I don’t care much for equations myself. This is partly because it is difficult for me to write them down, but mainly because I don’t have an intuitive feeling for equations. – Stephen Hawking

17. I first had the idea of writing a popular book about the universe in 1982. My intention was partly to earn money to pay for my daughter’s school fees. – Stephen Hawking

18. There are plenty of dead scientists I admire, but I can’t think of any living ones. This is probably because it is only in retrospect that one can see who made the important contributions. – Stephen Hawking

19. My father was a research scientist in tropical medicine, so I always assumed I would be a scientist, too. I felt that medicine was too vague and inexact, so I chose physics. – Stephen Hawking

20. Many badly needed goals, like fusion and cancer cure, would be achieved much sooner if we invested more. – Stephen Hawking

21. I’m never any good in the morning. It is only after four in the afternoon that I get going. – Stephen Hawking

22. I think it quite likely that we are the only civilization within several hundred light-years; otherwise, we would have heard radio waves. – Stephen Hawking

23. Up until the 1920s, everyone thought the universe was essentially static and unchanging in time. – Stephen Hawking

24. There is nothing bigger or older than the universe. – Stephen Hawking

25. 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

26. 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

27. I believe there are no questions that science can’t answer about a physical universe. – Stephen Hawking

28. I have found far greater enthusiasm for science in America than here in Britain. There is more enthusiasm for everything in America. – Stephen Hawking

29. I want my books sold on airport bookstalls. – Stephen Hawking

30. My discovery that black holes emit radiation raised serious problems of consistency with the rest of physics. I have now resolved these problems, but the answer turned out to be not what I expected. – Stephen Hawking

31. We think that life develops spontaneously on Earth, so it must be possible for life to develop on suitable planets elsewhere in the universe. But we don’t know the probability that a planet develops life. – Stephen Hawking

32. 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

33. If you understand the universe, you control it, in away. – Stephen Hawking

34. As a child, I wanted to know how things worked and to control them. With a friend, I built a number of complicated models that I could control. – Stephen Hawking

35. A zero-gravity flight is the first step toward space travel. – Stephen Hawking

36. I have wanted to fly into space for many years, but never imagined it would really be feasible. – Stephen Hawking

37. While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behaviour because there are far too many equations to solve. I’m no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women. – Stephen Hawking

38. I think we have a good chance of surviving long enough to colonize the solar system. – Stephen Hawking

39. According to’ theory, ours is not the only universe. Instead, ‘M’ theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing. – Stephen Hawking

40. I have a full and satisfying life. My work and my family are very important to me. – Stephen Hawking

41. Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world, especially in my field. – Stephen Hawking

42. Some forms of motor neuron disease are genetically linked, but I have no indication that my kind is. No other member of my family has had it. But I would be in favour of abortion if there was a high risk. – Stephen Hawking

43. If you believe in science, as I do, you believe that there are certain laws that are always obeyed. – Stephen Hawking

44. Only black holes of very low mass would emit a significant amount of radiation. – Stephen Hawking

45. Wagner manages to convey emotion with music better than anyone, before or since. – Stephen Hawking

46. Science can lift people out of poverty and cure disease. That, in turn, will reduce civil unrest. – Stephen Hawking

47. I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people. – Stephen Hawking

48. Exploration by real people inspires us. – Stephen Hawking

49. The Planck satellite may detect the imprint of the gravitational waves predicted by inflation. This would be quantum gravity written across the sky. – Stephen Hawking

50. I have visited Japan several times and have always been shown wonderful hospitality. – Stephen Hawking

51. I entered the health care debate in response to a statement in the United States press in summer 2009 which claimed the National Health Service in Great Britain would have killed me off, were I a British citizen. I felt compelled to make a statement to explain the error. – Stephen Hawking

52. I had not expected ‘A Brief History of Time’ to be a best seller. – Stephen Hawking

53. Perhaps one day I will go into space. – Stephen Hawking

54. I had not expected ‘A Brief History of Time’ to be a best seller. – Stephen Hawking

55. Perhaps one day I will go into space. – Stephen Hawking

56. It was Einstein’s dream to discover the grand design of the universe, a single theory that explains everything. However, physicists in Einstein’s day hadn’t made enough progress in understanding the forces of nature for that to be a realistic goal. – Stephen Hawking

57. 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? – Stephen Hawking

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

59. 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

60. It’s a pity that nobody has found an exploding black hole. If they had, I would have won a Nobel prize. – Stephen Hawking

61. Sometimes I wonder if I’m as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries. – Stephen Hawking

62. The universe is not indifferent to our existence – it depends on it. – Stephen Hawking

63. The cyclic universe theory predicts no gravitational waves from the early universe. – Stephen Hawking

64. I was not a good student. I did not spend much time at college; I was too busy enjoying myself. – Stephen Hawking

65. We must develop as quickly as possible technologies that make possible a direct connection between brain and computer so that artificial brains contribute to human intelligence rather than opposing it. – Stephen Hawking

66. Computers double their performance every month. – Stephen Hawking

67. Throughout history, people have studied pure science from a desire to understand the universe rather than practical applications for commercial gain. But their discoveries later turned out to have great practical benefits. – Stephen Hawking

68. Although almost every theoretical physicist agrees with my prediction that a black hole should glow like a hot body, it would be very difficult to verify experimentally because the temperature of a macroscopic black hole is so low. – Stephen Hawking

69. 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

70. I am in touch with a company that hopes to replicate my voice. However, they are not replicating my original voice – if they did that, I would sound like a man in his 20s, which would be very strange! They are actually trying to replicate the synthesizer that sits on my wheelchair. – Stephen Hawking

71. As scientists, we step on the shoulders of science, building on the work that has come before us – aiming to inspire a new generation of young scientists to continue once we are gone. – Stephen Hawking

72. A few years ago, the city council of Monza, Italy, barred pet owners from keeping goldfish in curved bowls… saying that it is cruel to keep a fish in a bowl with curved sides because gazing out, the fish would have a distorted view of reality. But how do we know we have the true, undistorted picture of reality? – Stephen Hawking

73. When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have. – Stephen Hawking

74. It is extremely important to me to write for children. – Stephen Hawking

75. Time can behave like another direction in space under extreme conditions. – Stephen Hawking

76. Most people don’t have time to master the very mathematical details of theoretical physics. – Stephen Hawking

77. I can’t disguise myself with a wig and dark glasses – the wheelchair gives me away. – Stephen Hawking

78. I was born on January 8, 1942, exactly three hundred years after the death of Galileo. I estimate, however, that about two hundred thousand other babies were also born that day. I don’t know whether any of them was later interested in astronomy. – Stephen Hawking

79. Many people find the universe confusing – it’s not. – Stephen Hawking

80. We live in a bewildering world. – Stephen Hawking

81. Even if it turns out that time travel is impossible, it is important that we understand why it is impossible. – Stephen Hawking

82. 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

Stephen Hawking Famous Quotes

83. If the rate of expansion one second after the Big Bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, it would have recollapsed before it reached its present size. On the other hand, if it had been greater by a part in a million, the universe would have expanded too rapidly for stars and planets to form. – Stephen Hawking

84. The doctor who diagnosed me with ALS, or motor neuron disease, told me that it would kill me in two or three years. – Stephen Hawking

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

86. I think the discovery of supersymmetric partners for the known particles would revolutionize our understanding of the universe. – Stephen Hawking

87. I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found. – Stephen Hawking

88. 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

89. Before 1915, space and time were thought of as a fixed arena in which events took place, but which was not affected by what happened in it. Space and time are now dynamic quantities… space and time not only affect but are also affected by everything that happens in the universe. – Stephen Hawking

90. Science is increasingly answering questions that used to be the province of religion. – Stephen Hawking

91. What I’d really like to control is not machines, but people. – Stephen Hawking

92. We are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe. – Stephen Hawking

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

94. M-theory is the unified theory Einstein was hoping to find. – Stephen Hawking

95. Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. – Stephen Hawking

96. Time travel was once considered scientific heresy, and I used to avoid talking about it for fear of being labelled a ‘crank.’ – Stephen Hawking

97. I believe things cannot make themselves impossible. – Stephen Hawking

98. What was God doing before the divine creation? – Stephen Hawking

99. As Irving Good realised in 1965, machines with superhuman intelligence could repeatedly improve their design even further, triggering what Vernor Vinge called a ‘singularity.’ – Stephen Hawking

100. There is no physical law precluding particles from being organised in ways that perform even more advanced computations than the arrangements of particles in human brains. – Stephen Hawking

101. 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

102. One can’t predict the weather more than a few days in advance. – Stephen Hawking

103. There are no black holes in the sense of regimes from which light can’t escape to infinity. – Stephen Hawking

104. There’s no way to remove the observer – us – from our perceptions of the world. – Stephen Hawking

105. Cosmology is a rapidly advancing field. – Stephen Hawking

107. 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

108. The Paralympic Games is about transforming our perception of the world. – Stephen Hawking

109. I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived. – Stephen Hawking

110. Our minds work in real-time, which begins at the Big Bang and will end, if there is a Big Crunch – which seems unlikely, now, from the latest data showing accelerating expansion. Consciousness would come to an end at a singularity. – Stephen Hawking

111. Imaginary time is a new dimension, at right angles to ordinary, real-time. – Stephen Hawking

112. It now appears that the way the universe began can indeed be determined, using imaginary time. – Stephen Hawking

113. For years, my early work with Roger Penrose seemed to be a disaster for science. It showed that the universe must have begun with a singularity if Einstein’s general theory of relativity is correct. That appeared to indicate that science could not predict how the universe would begin. – Stephen Hawking

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

115. Theoretical physics is one of the few fields in which being disabled is no handicap – it is all in the mind. – Stephen Hawking

116. I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their own life, and those that help them should be free from prosecution. – Stephen Hawking

117. 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. – Stephen Hawking

118. Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway. – Stephen Hawking

119. 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

120. Earth might one day soon resemble the planet Venus. – Stephen Hawking

121. 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

122. I grew up thinking that a research scientist was a natural thing to be. – Stephen Hawking

123. I think the human race doesn’t have a future if it doesn’t go into space. – Stephen Hawking

124. 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

125. To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like. – Stephen Hawking

126. My wife and I love each other very much. – Stephen Hawking

127. The voice I use is a very old hardware speech synthesizer made in 1986. I keep it because I have not heard a voice I like better and because I have identified with it. – Stephen Hawking

128. 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

129. My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically. – Stephen Hawking

130. I don’t have much positive to say about motor neuron disease, but it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I still could do. I’m happier now than before I developed the condition. – Stephen Hawking

131. I don’t have much positive to say about motor neuron disease, but it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I still could do. I’m happier now than before I developed the condition. – Stephen Hawking

132. I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time. – Stephen Hawking

133. I have wondered about time all my life. – Stephen Hawking

134. ‘The Simpsons’ appearances were great fun. But I don’t take them too seriously. I think ‘The Simpsons’ have treated my disability responsibly. – Stephen Hawking

135. In the past, there was active discrimination against women in science. That has now gone, and although there are residual effects, these are not enough to account for the small numbers of women, particularly in mathematics and physics. – Stephen Hawking

136. When we understand string theory, we will know how the universe began. It won’t have much effect on how we live, but it is important to understand where we come from and what we can expect to find as we explore. – Stephen Hawking

137. My first popular book, ‘A Brief History of Time,’ aroused a great deal of interest, but many found it difficult to understand. – Stephen Hawking

138. We think we have solved the mystery of creation. Maybe we should patent the universe and charge everyone royalties for their existence. – Stephen Hawking

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

140. It is generally recognised that women are better than men at languages, personal relations and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics. – Stephen Hawking

141. Evolution has ensured that our brains just aren’t equipped to visualise 11 dimensions directly. However, from a purely mathematical point of view, it’s just as easy to think in 11 dimensions, as it is to think in three or four. – Stephen Hawking

142. I used to think the information was destroyed in a black hole. This was my biggest blunder, or at least my biggest blunder in science. – Stephen Hawking

143. God not only plays dice but also sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. – Stephen Hawking

144. All my adult life people have been helping me. – Stephen Hawking

145. No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius. – Stephen Hawking

146. Women. They are a complete mystery. – Stephen Hawking

147. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life are empty without it. – Stephen Hawking

148. I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something greater than nothing. – Stephen Hawking



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