Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned visionary physicist and one of the most significant scientists of all times, died yesterday, on March 14, 2018, at age of 76. Famous for his extraordinary work as an astrophysicist, but also for his powerful personal story that has inspired many people, Hawking will be remembered and deeply missed by many.
To honor the brilliance of Stephen Hawking, here we have collected 10 of his most memorable quotes:
“Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.”
“It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”
“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.”
“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain to look inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”
“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.”
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
“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.”
“My disabilities have not been a significant handicap in my field, which is theoretical physics. Indeed, they have helped me in a way by shielding me from lecturing and administrative work that I would otherwise have been involved in. I have managed, however, only because of the large amount of help I have received from my wife, children, colleagues, and students. I find that people, in general, are very ready to help, but you should encourage them to feel that their efforts to aid you are worthwhile by doing as well as you possibly can.”
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
Thank you, Stephen Hawking for sharing with the world your brilliant work!