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Celebrate Stephen Hawking’s Life With Ten of His Greatest Quotes

Today is a sad day for the science community and for all humans alike: physicist, Stephen Hawking, has passed away at seventy-six-years-old. His life was an incredible one. Even after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, he continued to pursue his study of physics and the universe as a whole. After his diagnosis, Hawking’s physical health continued to deteriorate: paralysis of his limbs was the first sign of his illness followed by loss of speech. Even then, however, Hawking continued to learn, teach, and expand his mind, using a speech-pad and wheelchair to navigate around his condition. In honor of this great man’s life, let’s celebrate with some of his greatest, oftentimes comical, quotes. 


“It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”

—On The Universe as a whole



“Unfortunately, Eddie did not inherit my good looks.”

—In regards to Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of him in the film The Theory of Everything



“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.”

—His stance on the mind and the afterlife




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“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.”

—On exploration and the possibilities that life has to offer every human being



“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”

—On his struggle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and his advice for other people with physical or mental deficits 



“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.”

—On humans and the impact we are having on the Earth




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“Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking.”

—On the opportunities we have to attain knowledge through communication



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

—His philosophy on life as a whole



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“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.”

—On humanity



“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”

—On the prospect of death



While Stephen Hawking might have left our planet in body, he will forever remain with us in spirit and through his vast amount of work. Hawking helped excel humanity’s potential for greatness, and his contributions to the scientific community will continue to remain as important and pertinent as ever. 





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