Stephen Hawking Quotes

By | 15.06.2022

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Stephen Hawking quotes

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

While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior 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

I think the brain is essentially a computer and consciousness is like a computer program. It will cease to run when the computer is turned off. Theoretically, it could be re-created on a neural network, but that would be very difficult, as it would require all one’s memories. Stephen Hawking

God is the name people give to the reason we are here. 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

Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales. Stephen Hawking

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

I don’t want to write an autobiography because I would become public property with no privacy left. Stephen Hawking

People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining. 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

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. Stephen Hawking

Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny. Stephen Hawking

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

Quiet people have the loudest minds. Stephen Hawking

I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. 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

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

Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny. Stephen Hawking

I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity. Perhaps one day I will go into space. Stephen Hawking

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

If you understand the universe, you control it, in a way. Stephen Hawking

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

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

I would like nuclear fusion to become a practical power source. It would provide an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming. Stephen Hawking

Just because I do a lot of thinking doesn’t mean I don’t like parties and getting into trouble. Stephen Hawking

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

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

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? Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

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. Stephen Hawking

I like physics, but I love cartoons. Stephen Hawking

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

The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities. Stephen Hawking

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

In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human 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

You cannot understand the glories of the universe without believing there is some Supreme Power behind it. 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

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

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

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

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. Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

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

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

Not only does God play dice, but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. Stephen Hawking

If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future? Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

People who boast about their IQ are losers. 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, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays

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

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

Nothing cannot exist forever. Stephen Hawking

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

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

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

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

Primitive life is very common and intelligent life is fairly rare. Some would say it has yet to occur on Earth. Stephen W. 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

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

Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge. Stephen Hawking quotes

Science is not only a disciple of reason but also one of romance and passion. 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

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

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

Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge. Stephen Hawking

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

The universe doesn’t allow perfection. Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

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

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

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. Stephen Hawking

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

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

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

The role played by time at the beginning of the universe is, I believe, the final key to removing the need for a Grand Designer, and revealing how the universe created itself. … Time itself must come to a stop. You can’t get to a time before the big bang, because there was no time before the big bang. We have finally found something that does not have a cause because there was no time for a cause to exist in. For me this means there is no possibility of a creator because there is no time for a creator to have existed. Since time itself began at the moment of the Big Bang, it was an event that could not have been caused or created by anyone or anything. … So when people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them 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 for directions to the edge of the Earth. The Earth is a sphere. It does not have an edge, so looking for it is a futile exercise. Stephen W. 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

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

There is no unique picture of reality. Stephen Hawking

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

I wouldn’t compare [scientific discoveries] to sex, but it lasts longer. Stephen Hawking

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

Women. They are a complete mystery. Stephen Hawking

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

Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free. Stephen Hawking, Sigan Ŭn Hangsang Mirae Ro Hŭrŭnŭnʼga: Hokʻing Paksa Ŭi Chaemi Innŭn Chʻoesin Ujuron

Only in the few universes that are like ours would intelligent beings develop and ask the question: ‘Why is the universe the way we see it?’ The answer is then simple: If it had been any different, we would not be here! 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

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

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, A Brief History of Time

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

The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all. Stephen Hawking

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 center 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! Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it. Stephen Hawking

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

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

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

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 thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people. Stephen Hawking

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

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

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

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

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