Stephen Hawking Inspirational Quotes give some insight into the thinking of this great scientistProfessor Stephen Hawking may be in a wheelchair, and may have to speak through a synthesizer, but he has nonetheless overcome an obstacle doctors never thought he would – to live for 30 years with ALS.  Not only has Hawking overcome a monumental obstacle; he has done so exceptionally, becoming a role model.  Hawking has won numerous awards, medals and prizes worldwide for his scientific prowess.  Wanting to share his life with the world, Hawking has released two autobiographies, has been awarded 12 honorary degrees, and has even the title of Commander of the British Empire. 

  • “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
  • “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
  • “Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.”
  • “One is always a long way from solving a problem until one actually has the answer.”
  • “It matters if you just don’t give up.”
  • “I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space “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.”
  • “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we would not want to meet.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “Life would be tragic if it were not funny.”
  • “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 have created life in our own image.”
  •  “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “Consideration of particle emission from black holes would seem to suggest that God not only plays dice, but also sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen”.
  • “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”.
  • “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?”.
  • “Hubble’s observations suggested that there was a time, called the big bang, when the universe was infinitesimally small and infinitely dense. Under such conditions all the laws of science, and therefore all ability to predict the future, would break down. If there were events earlier than this time, then they could not affect what happens at the present time. Their existence can be ignored because it would have no observational consequences. One may say that time had a beginning at the big bang, in the sense that earlier times simply would not be defined. It should be emphasized that this beginning in time is very different from those that had been considered previously. In an unchanging universe a beginning in time is something that has to be imposed by some being outside the universe; there is no physical necessity for a beginning. One can imagine that God created the universe at literally any time in the past. On the other hand, if the universe is expanding, there may be physical reasons why there had to be a beginning. One could still imagine that God created the universe at the instant of the big bang, or even afterwards in just such a way as to make it look as though there had been a big bang, but it would be meaningless to suppose that it was created before the big bang. An expanding universe does not preclude a creator, but it does place limits on when he might have carried out his job! “
  • “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”.
  • “I want my books sold on airport bookstalls”.
  • “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 it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God”.
  • “The media need superheroes in science just as in every sphere of life”.
  • “The quantum theory of gravity has opened up a new possibility, in which there would be no boundary to space-time and so there would be no need to specify the behaviour at the boundary. There would be no singularities at which the laws of science broke down and no edge of space-time at which one would have to appeal to God or some new law to set the boundary conditions for space-time. One could say: ‘The boundary condition of the universe is that it has no boundary.’ The universe would be completely self-contained and not affected by anything outside itself. It would neither be created nor destroyed. It would just BE”.
  • “The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired”.
  • “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?”
  • “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”.
  • “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all”.
  • “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”.
  • “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”.
  • “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?”
  • “I think that it’s important for scientists to explain their work, particularly in cosmology. This now answers many questions once asked of religion”.
  • “My dreams at the time were rather disturbed. Before my condition had been diagnosed, I had been very bored with life. There had not seemed to be anything worth doing. But shortly after I came out of hospital, I dreamt that I was going to be executed. I suddenly realized that there were a lot of worthwhile things I could do, if I were reprieved. Another dream that I had several times was that I would sacrifice my life to save others. After all, if I were going to die anyway, it might as well do some good”.
  • “Our search for understanding will never come to an end, and that we will always have the challenge of new discovery. Without it, we would stagnate”.
  • “A high proportion of space scientists say their interest in science was sparked by watching the moon landings”.
  • “Not only does God play dice but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.”
  • “When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in. It’s like asking directions to the edge of the earth; The Earth is a sphere; it doesn’t have an edge; so looking for it is a futile exercise. We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no god. No one created our universe, and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization; There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that I am extremely grateful”.
  • “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.”
  • “The intelligent beings in these regions should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are necessary for their existence. It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy neighborhood not seeing any poverty”.
  • “I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.”
  • “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”.
  • “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”.
  • “The intelligent beings in these regions should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are necessary for their existence. It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy neighbourhood not seeing any poverty”.
  • “One does not have to appeal to God to set the initial conditions for the creation of the universe, but if one does He would have to act through the laws of physics”.
  • “Women. They are a complete mystery to me.”
  • “I certainly don’t have the answers to all life’s problems. 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.”
  • “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”.
  • “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
  • “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.”
  • “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”.
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” (From “The Science of Second-Guessing”.
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “If you think it is hard to get humans to follow traffic laws, imagine convincing an asteroid to move along an ellipse”.
  • “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?”
  • “A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At teh end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever, ” said the old lady. “But it turtles all the way down!”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?”
  • “IF you remember every word in this book, your memory will have recorded about two million pieces of information: the order in your brain will have increased by about two million units. However, while you have been reading the book, you will have converted at least a thousand calories of ordered energy, in the form of food, into disordered energy, in the form of heat that you lose to the air around you by convection and sweat. This will increase the disorder of the universe by about twenty million million million million units – or about ten million million million times the increase in order in your brain – and that’s if you remember everything in this book.”
  • “The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to 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 madeor the excitement they are generating.”
  • “… if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God.”
  • “We find ourselves in a bewildering world. We want to make sense of what we see around us and to ask: What is the nature of the universe? What is our place in it and where did it and we come from? Why is it the way it is?”
  • “People need not be limited by as long as they are not disabled in spirit.”
  • “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. Maybe my variety is due to bad absorption of vitamins.“
  • “Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have travelled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity.”
  • “I would like to be thought of as a scientist who just happens to be disabled, rather than a disabled scientist”.
  • “The realization that I had an incurable disease, that was likely to kill me in a few years, was a bit of a shock. How could something like that happen to me? Why should I be cut off like this? However while I had been in hospital, I had seen a boy I vaguely knew die of leukaemia in the bed opposite me. It had not been a pretty sight. Clearly there were people who were worse off than I. At least, my condition didn’t make me feel sick. Whenever I feel inclined to be sorry for myself, I remember that boy”.
  • “Their pea brains cannot possibly grasp the concept”.
  • “There are some things I can’t do, [but] they are mostly things I don’t particularly want to do anyway”.
  • “It would be hypocritical to complain. I can generally ignore it by going off to think in 11 dimensions”.
  • “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”.
  • “It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value”.
  • “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change”.
  • “The quietest people have the loudest minds”.
  • “The discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe would be the biggest scientific discovery every. But it would be very risky to attempt to communicate with an alien civilization…”
  • “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge”.
  • “If the government is covering up knowledge of aliens…”.
  • “I regard the brain as a computer will stop working when its components fail….”.
  • “The brain is so good at model building that if people are fitted with glasses that turn the images in their eyes upside down, their brains, after a time, change the model so that they again see things the right way up. If the glasses are then removed, they see the world upside down for a while, then again adapt”.
  • “It’s not the size, but what you do with it that counts” (Brain).”
  • “We are used to thinking of intelligent life, as an inevitable consequence of evolution, Hawking emphasized, but it is more likely that evolution is a random process, with intelligence as only one of a large number of possible outcomes”.

Stephen Hawking Inspirational Quotes: Videos

Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking: Time Travel

  • The promise of time travel has long been one of the world’s favorite scientific “what-ifs?” Hawking explores all the possibilities, warping the very fabric of time and space as he goes. From killing your grandfather to riding a black hole, we learn the pitfalls and the prospects for a technology that could quite literally, change everything.

Time  Magazine moderate 10 Questions for Stephen Hawking

  • The renowned physicist has a new book, “The Grand Design.” Stephen Hawking  answer questions from the public.

Stephen Hawking – Rocket to the Future

  • Stephen Hawking examines how we may some day, travel to the future.

Stephen Hawking on death, disability, and humour

  • In an interview with the BBC to mark the film’s release Professor Hawking discussed his disability and gave his views on controversial issues such as the right to die.
  • “I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their lives, and those who help them should be free from prosecution”, said Professor Hawking.

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Stephen Hawking & Jane Wilde

THEIR LIFE TOGETHER • The Hawkings were married back in 1965, at a time when Stephen’s illness had already become apparent, and his prognosis for long-term survival was not good at all. • For the next 25 years, Jane spent most of her time in the back-breaking labor of caring for a disabled husband while raising three children while Stephen went from success to success.

Stephen Hawking’s biography a-life-in-science

Apart from the fact that physicists are seen as somehow different from other human beings, existing outside the normal patterns of human life, there is no other scientist alive as famous as Stephen Hawking. But Stephen Hawking is no ordinary scientist. His book A Brief History of Time has notched up worldwide sales in the millions— publishing statistics usually associated with the likes of Jeffrey Archer and Stephen King. What is even more astonishing is that Hawking’s book deals with a subject so far removed from normal bedtime reading that the prospect of tackling such a text would send the average person into a paroxysm of inadequacy.

Disabled People: Blessed or Cursed

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when he was a 21-year-old student at Cambridge University. Hawking contracted motor neuron disease and was given two years to live . The most people with ALS live about 14 months from diagnosis to death. Some people live anywhere between 2-5 years with the disease. Hawking has been dealing with his disease for over 40 years, so the doctors see that in his disease is markedly different from typical case presentations.. His sayings: “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

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