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10 Inspiring Stephen Hawking Quotes


What do we know about Stephen Hawking? Most people know almost nothing. Maybe that he is some kind of scientist, almost certainly the fact he is stuck in a wheelchair and speaks like a robot. Quite unfair, if we start listing his achievements.

Born in 1942, he is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include, but are not limited to: a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes are emanating radiation; this kind of radiation is called Hawking Radiation. He is also the first to set forth a cosmological theory born from the, unholy to a lot of physicists, union of quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of relativity. He is also a vigorous supporter of a very controversial interpretation regarding quantum mechanics which suggests the simultaneous existence of multiple universes.

His fascination with sciences comes along with an understanding that scientific terminology is too difficult to share with people not in tune with physics. He wrote several popular science books in order to address this issue and make his theories accessible to everyone. His best seller A Brief History of Time is one of those books you should include in your reading list.

What most people don’t know about Stephen Hawking is that he is a winner of life. None of his work was meant to be: While still in college he was diagnosed with a very rare form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This disease is the reason behind his paralysis. The doctors gave him 2 years of life: He is now 72 years old.

There are a few things we can learn from such a man. Here are 10 inspirational quotes by Stephen Hawking:

(See our previous post for more quotes by Stephen Hawking)

1. Look Up At the Stars.

“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.”

Look Up at the Stars - 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.”

2. Do Something you Love.

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

Do Something You Love - Stephen Hawking

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

3. Adaptability.

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

Adaptability - Stephen Hawking

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

4. Explore the World Around You

“Exploration by real people inspires us.”

Explore the World Around You - Stephen Hawking

“Exploration by real people inspires us.”

5. Choose Your Super Hero.

“If I had to choose a superhero to be, I would pick Superman. He’s everything that I’m not.”

Choose Your Superhero - Stephen Hawking

“If I had to choose a superhero to be, I would pick Superman. He’s everything that I’m not.”

6. Nothingness.

“Nothing cannot exist forever.”

Nothingness - Stephen Hawking

“Nothing cannot exist forever.”

7. Be Interesting.

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

Be Interesting - Stephen Hawking

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

8. Time.

“The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.”

Time - Stephen Hawking

“The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.”

9. Be Funny. Have Fun.

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

Be Funny. Have Fun - Stephen Hawking

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

10. Find Your Meaning.

“Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.”

Find Your Meaning - Stephen Hawking

“Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.”



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