30 Most Memorable Stephen Hawking Quotes About Science & Humans
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Stephen Hawking, full name Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxfordshire, England. He was an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist who was known for his theory about black holes that drew upon both relativity theory and quantum mechanics. He has a theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking Radiation. Later on, his theory was accepted and made a breakthrough in theoretical physics.
Stephen Hawking was also a writer whose works helped readers to know more about science. His book “A Brief History of Time” became one of the bestseller books that breaks a record.
Here, we have collected some of the best Stephen Hawking quotes about science and humans. Enjoy these brilliant quotes to get inspired by one of the greatest physicists ever born.
Stephen Hawking Quotes
“Time is like a river flowing endlessly through the universe.” STEPHEN HAWKING, In: Franzo H. Crawford, Introduction to the Science of Physics, Chapter 10 (p. 160), Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. 1968
“Science could predict that the universe must have had a beginning.” STEPHEN HAWKING, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (1993)
“People won’t have time for you if you are ways angry or complaining.”
“If you understand how the universe operates, you control it in a way.” STEPHEN HAWKING, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (ed. Bantam, 1993)
“We won’t find anywhere as nice as Earth unless we go to another star system.” STEPHEN HAWKING, in Mail on Sunday 18 June 2006
“It is very important for young people keep their sense of wonder and keep asking why.”
“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.” STEPHEN HAWKING, From Hawking’s Foreword to The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence Krauss (2007), p. Xiii.
“Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.” STEPHEN HAWKING, The Grand Design (ed. Bantam, 2010) – ISBN: 9780553907070
“We are all different – but we share the human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt – and survive.”
“There’s nothing like the Eureka moment, of discovering something that no one knew before.” STEPHEN HAWKING, Lecture, The Future of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology: Stephen Hawking
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus. STEPHEN HAWKING, As quoted in “The Science of Second-Guessing”, The New York Times (12 December 2004)
“We see the universe the way it is because we exist.”
“Equations are just the boring part of mathematics. I attempt to see things in terms of geometry.” STEPHEN HAWKING, As quoted in Stephen Hawking: A Biography (2005) by Kristine Larsen, p. 43.
“We still believe that the universe should be logical and beautiful; we just dropped the word “God.”” STEPHEN HAWKING, Quoted by Renée Weber, Dialogues with Scientists and Sages: The Search For Unity (p. 21), Routledge & Kegan Paul. 1986
“We should see the greatest value of our action.”
“There is no way that we can predict the weather six months ahead beyond giving the seasonal average” STEPHEN HAWKING, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays: And Other Essays (ed. Bantam, 2011) – ISBN: 9780307790453
“If there is one thing we can be sure enough of in physics it is that all time exists with equal reality.” STEPHEN HAWKING, October the First Is Too Late, Chapter Six (p. 75), Harper & Row, Publishers. 1966
“The human capacity for guilt is such that people can always find ways to blame themselves.”
“What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” STEPHEN HAWKING, A Briefer History of Time: The Science Classic Made More Accessible (ed. Bantam, 2007) – ISBN: 9780307417848
“Three minutes’ thought would suffice to find this out; but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time.” STEPHEN HAWKING, Selected Prose, Chapter II, Section 3 (p. 56)
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
“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, As quoted in Stephen Hawking’s Universe (1985) by John Boslough, Ch. 7 : The Final Question, p. 77.
“I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.” STEPHEN HAWKING, Response upon being questioned as to his IQ, in interview with Deborah Solomon “The Science of Second-Guessing”, The New York Times (12 December 2004).
“It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.”
“All my life, I have been fascinated by the big questions that face us, and have tried to find scientific answers to them.” STEPHEN HAWKING, From the 1997 television program Stephen Hawking’s Universe
“I still believe there are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature.” STEPHEN HAWKING, A Brief History of Time (1988)
“Women. They are a complete mystery.”
“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, “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking”, 2010.
“We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” STEPHEN HAWKING, “Q&A with Stephen Hawking”. Interview with Jon Swartz, December 2, 2014.
“Look up at the stars, not down at your feet.”
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