Man at His Best

10 Best Quotes From Professor Stephen Hawking

The world-renowned physicist has died at the age of 76.

BY sarah chong | Mar 14, 2018 | Culture

Professor Stephen Hawking in Cambridge, UK; Doug Wheller, Wikimedia Commons

Professor Stephen Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, his family said.

Known for his revolutionary work with black holes and relativity, the Briton wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. Early at the age of 22, he was diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease which led him to become almost completely paralysed. In 1964 his doctors gave him no more than two or three years of life. The illness left him unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.

Prof Hawking was also known to be a man of great humour. Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever."

Photo by NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


We look at some of the best quotes from the late, great physicist.

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

“It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining”

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and 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.”

"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"

“People who boast about their IQ are losers”

Stephen Hawking giving a lecture for NASA's 50th anniversary;
Photo by NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


“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.”

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

“Aggression, humanity’s greatest vice, will destroy civilization.”

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

“We are all time travelers, journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit. Be brave, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done.”


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