85 Inspirational Stephen Hawking Quotes [2021] Theoretical Physicist

85 Inspirational Stephen Hawking Quotes [2021] Theoretical Physicist

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical Physicist, Author, and Cosmologist.

Hawking was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge and also was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

Stephen was a Fellow of the Royal Society, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the author of the bestseller book named "A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes".

We've put together an incredible collection of Stephen Hawking quotes to read.

Here they are:

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List of Inspiring Stephen Hawking Quotes

“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


“The rate of progress is so rapid that what one learns at school or university is always a bit out of date.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 specialist in a small area. The rest of the population has little idea of the advances that are being made or the excitement they are generating.” ― Stephen Hawking


“God abhors a naked singularity.” ― Stephen Hawking


“There should be no boundaries to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope.” ― Stephen Hawking


“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


“The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We are so insignificant that I can't believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes.” ― Stephen Hawking


“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” ― Stephen Hawking


“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


“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


“We each exist for but a short time, and in that time explore but a small part of the whole universe” ― 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


“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


“So remember to 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. 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. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.” ― Stephen Hawking


“The universe doesn't allow perfection.” ― Stephen Hawking


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


“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


“If one is physically disabled, one cannot afford to be psychologically disabled as well.” ― Stephen Hawking


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


“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.” ― Stephen Hawking


“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


“The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.” ― Stephen Hawking


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


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


“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.” ― Stephen Hawking


“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.” ― Stephen Hawking


“Simplicity is a matter of taste” ― Stephen Hawking


“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


“The most remarkable property of the universe is that it has spawned creatures able to ask questions.” ― Stephen Hawking


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


“Only time(whatever that may be) will tell.” ― Stephen Hawking


“thus, in a sense, we are all doomed. even if we stay away from black holes” ― Stephen Hawking


“Eternity is a long time, especially towards the end.” ― Stephen Hawking


“What did God do before he created the universe?” ― Stephen Hawking


“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


“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.” ― Stephen Hawking


“The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time.” ― Stephen Hawking


“What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” ― Stephen W. Hawking


“Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.” ― Stephen Hawking


“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus." ― Stephen Hawking


“People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” ― Stephen Hawking


“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there's life, there's hope.” ― Stephen Hawking


“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


“When we see the Earth from space, we see ourselves as a whole. We see the unity, and not the divisions. It is such a simple image with a compelling message; one planet, one human race.” ― Stephen Hawking


“In this way, Edwin Hubble worked out the distances to nine different galaxies. We now know that our galaxy is only one of some hundred thousand million that can be seen using modern telescopes, each galaxy itself containing some hundred thousand million stars.” ― Stephen Hawking


“There could be whole anti worlds and anti people made out of antiparticles. However, if you meet your anti self, don’t shake hands! You would both vanish in a great flash of light.” ― Stephen Hawking


“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.” ― Stephen Hawking


“I am very aware of the preciousness of time. Seize the moment. Act now.” ― Stephen Hawking


“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.” ― Stephen Hawking


“Be brave, be curious, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done” ― Stephen Hawking


“The people who actually make the advances in theoretical physics don't think in these categories that the philosophers and the historians of science subsequently invent for them” ― Stephen Hawking


“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?” ― Stephen Hawking


“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 realisation; 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.” ― Stephen Hawking


“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


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


“The idea of 10 dimensions might sound exciting, but they would cause real problems if you forget where you parked your car.” ― Stephen Hawking


“It is said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But the universe is the ultimate free lunch.” ― Stephen Hawking


“I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die.” ― Stephen Hawking


“Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory.” ― Stephen Hawking


“As we shall see, the 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.” ― Stephen Hawking


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


“I have spent my life travelling across the universe, inside my mind.” ― Stephen Hawking


“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.” ― Stephen Hawking


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


“The human race does not have a very good record of intelligent behaviour.” ― Stephen Hawking


“I have noticed that even those who assert that everything is predestined and that we can change nothing about it still look both ways before they cross the street.” ― Stephen Hawking


“I regard the afterlife to be a fairy story for people that are afraid of the dark” ― Stephen Hawking


“I like physics, but I love cartoons.” ― Stephen Hawking


“It matters if you just don't give up.” ― Stephen Hawking


“You cannot predict the future.” ― Stephen Hawking


“Einstein never accepted that the universe was governed by chance; his feelings were summed up in his famous statement “God does not play dice.” ― Stephen Hawking


“While there’s life, there is hope.” ― 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


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


“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


“The human capacity for guilt is such that people can always find ways to blame themselves” ― Stephen Hawking


“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." ― Stephen Hawking


“Today will 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.” ― Stephen Hawking


“If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?” ― 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


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


“Let us fight for every woman and every man to have the opportunity to live healthy, secure lives, full of opportunity and love. We are all time travellers, journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit.” ― Stephen Hawking


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


“Women. They are a complete mystery to me.” ― Stephen Hawking


“It is said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But the universe is the ultimate free lunch.” ― Stephen Hawking


“I am very aware of the preciousness of time. Seize the moment. Act now.” ― Stephen Hawking

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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