20 Stephen Hawking Quotes on Love and Life

Cosmologist Stephen hawking; the eldest of Frank and Isabel hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in oxford, England (300th death anniversary of Galileo: renowned physicist). Stephen hawking’s birth came at an inopportune time as England was suffering from World War II. At the age of 8, his family moved to St .Albans, where he went to girl’s high school (yes school for girls but boys were accepted till age 10). At 11, he went to St. Albans School. Stephen wanted to study mathematics, although his father wanted him in the field of medicines. Mathematics wasn’t available at University College, so pursued physics instead. He graduated from University College, Oxford, 1962 (his father’s old college, who was medical researcher with specialty in tropical diseases), PhD. Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 1966.

Stephen has three siblings Mary (1943), Philippe (1947) and Brother Edward who was adopted in 1956. Early in his academic life, while recognized as bright, wasn’t an exceptional student. At the age of 16, Stephen constructed a computer for solving rudimentary mathematical equations. His mother says “Stephen always had a strong sense of wonder”, she remembered. “I could see that the stars would draw him.”

In early 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with the disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, that’s robbed him of mobility and speech. He wasn’t expected to live more than two years. Completing his doctorate didn’t appear likely. In 1985, an emergency tracheotomy caused him total loss of speech. A speech generating device constructed at Cambridge, combined with a software program, serves as his electronic voice today, allowing Hawking to select his words by moving muscles in his cheek but his mind works brilliantly.

Just before his diagnosis, Hawking met Jane Wilde, and married her in 1965. The couple had three children before separating. Hawking remarried in 1995 with the nurse who took care of him but divorced in 2006.

Stephen wrote an explanation of his work that became a popular bestseller, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes (1988). He’s also published Super space and Super gravity (1981), The Very Early Universe (1983), Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (1993), and The Nature of Space and Time (1995).The Grand Design, The Universe in the Nutshell (2002).

His work on the origins and structure of the universe has revolutionized the field of cosmology, while his best-selling books have appealed readers who may not have Hawking’s scientific background. This cosmological thread led him to the study of black holes. He proposed that, since the universe boasts a beginning – the Big Bang– it will likely have an ending.


Everything has been a bonus

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus”

Stephen Hawking Quotes


Complete mystery

“Women. They are a complete mystery”

Stephen Hawking Quotes

Without Imperfection

“So next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist”

Stephen Hawking Quotes

Brain as a computer

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fails. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark”

Stephen Hawking Quotes


They see me rolling

“They see me rolling, they hating”

Stephen Hawking Quotes


Enemy of knowledge

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

Stephen Hawking Quotes


Adapt to change

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change”

Stephen Hawking Quotes


Life would be tragic

“Life would be tragic if it were not funny”

Stephen Hawking Quotes


Human spirit

“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would limit the human spirit”

Stephen Hawking Quotes



Begin of universe

“It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us”

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Breed of monkeys

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

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Advanced breed

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

stephen hawking quote


Quiet people

“Quiet people have the loudest minds”

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Confine attention

“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters, would be to limit the human spirit”

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Go boldly

“To boldly go where no one has gone before”

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Stephen Hawking

“This 1940’s made toy fort was played with by professor Stephen Hawking as a child. We do not, however, have the original toy soldiers ”

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“It’s not the size, but what you do with it that counts”

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Fat mother

“Your mother is so fat. The escape velocity at her surface exceeds 3*10^8 m/s”

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Stephen Hawking’s universe

“No star naming for W, but in Stephen Hawking’s universe ”

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