Quotes of Stephen Hawking



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Famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking dies.

LONDON – Physicist and author Stephen Hawking, who possessed an uncanny ability to come up with memorable phrases and sayings that summarized his view on the world. Here is a brief selection of his famous observations:

— “We are just an advanced species of monkeys on a minor planet of an average star. But we can understand the universe. That makes us something very special.”

— “Life would be tragic if it is not funny.”

— “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

— For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened that unleashed the power of our imagination. We have learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling people to work 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 limitless. All we need to do is to ensure that we continue to talk.”

— “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists.”

— “I think that the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This brings me to a deep realization that there is probably no heaven and no life after death. We have one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and that I am extremely grateful.”

— “Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.”

— “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 indians.”

— “We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We can’t keep looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”

— “My disability, have not led to 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 great amount of help I received from my wife, children, colleagues, and students. I find that people in general are very willing to help, but you should encourage them to feel that their efforts to help you are worthwhile by doing as well as you can.”

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