Stephen Hawking Quotes – 40 quotes by a brilliant scientist

Stephen Hawking Quotes – “I am not afraid of death, but I don’t want to die soon. I have to achieve many things before I die.”


Stephen William Hawking is regarded as one the greatest scientist in history. Hawking was born on 8th January, 1943 in Oxford (England). Stephen Hawking was cosmologist, author and an English Theoretical Physicist. He was diagnosed with MND (Motor Neurone Disease) that fully paralyses the body.

Stephen knew that the nerves that controlled his muscles were shutting down, but he also knew that his brain is active. Stephen discovered the Second Law of Black Hole dynamics. In 1975, he was honoured with Maxwell Prize and many more. In 1988, he published his best selling book that goes by the name of “A Brief History of Time”. More than 10 Million copies of the book were sold in 20 years. 

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Here are 40 Brilliant Quotes by Stephen William Hawking:

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

2. “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” – Stephen Hawking

3. “For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.” – Stephen Hawking

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

5. “Most of the threats we face come from the progress we’ve made in Science and Technology. We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we must recognize the dangers and control them. I’m an optimist, and I believe we can.” – Stephen Hawking

6. “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

7. “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” – Stephen Hawking

8. “ 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

9. “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

10. “Black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought. Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up – there’s a way out.” – Stephen Hawking

11. “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.” – Stephen Hawking

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

13. “Without imperfection you or I would not exist.” – Stephen Hawking     

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

15. “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die.” – Stephen Hawking

16. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking

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

18. “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

19. “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

20. “It matters if you just don’t give up.” – Stephen Hawking

21. “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

22. “The missing link is cosmology is the nature of dark matter and dark energy.” – Stephen Hawking

23. “Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.” – Stephen Hawking

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

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

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

27. “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

28. “God abhors a naked singularity.” – Stephen Hawking

29. “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

30. “We each exist for but a short time, and in that time explore but a small part of the whole universe.” – Stephen Hawking

31. “Simplicity is a matter of taste.” – Stephen Hawking

32. “The universe does not behave according to our preconceived ideas. It continues to surprise us.” – Stephen Hawking

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

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

35. “We are all different, but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt and survive.” – Stephen Hawking

36. “The eventual goal of science is to provide a single theory that describes the whole universe.” – Stephen Hawking

37. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics. Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe. And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction.” – Stephen Hawking

38. “Sooner or later disasters such as an asteroid collision or a nuclear war could wipe us all out, but once we spread out into space and establish independent colonies, our future should be safe.” – Stephen Hawking

39. “You cannot understand the glories of the universe without believing there is some Supreme Power behind it.” – Stephen Hawking

40. “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

Those were some of the brilliant quotes from Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientist.

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