28 Famous Stephen Hawking Quotes

Who was Stephen Hawking?

Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author.

Hawking is best known for his work on the theory of black holes, with his most notable scientific contribution being his discovery that black holes emit radiation, now called Hawking radiation.

What is Stephen Hawking’s most famous quote?

Stephen Hawking’s most famous quotes discuss his theories on the universe, and how science could be used to explain existence, rather than the product of a ‘creator.’ Hawking was a famous atheist.

Just some of his most famous quotes include:


Stephen Hawking Famous Quotes


“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning, and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” 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



“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” Stephen Hawking



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



“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” Stephen Hawking



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



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



“Even if it turns out that time travel is impossible, it is important that we understand why it is impossible.” Stephen Hawking



“I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people.” 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



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



“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



“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



“The Paralympic Games is about transforming our perception of the world.” 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



“If you believe in science, like I do, you believe that there are certain laws that are always obeyed.” 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 W. 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



“I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.” Stephen Hawking



“Women. They are a complete mystery.” Stephen Hawking                     



“One can’t predict the weather more than a few days in advance.” Stephen Hawking



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



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



“Nothing cannot exist forever.” 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



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