World-renowned physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 76. He is perhaps best known to the scientific world for his theory surrounding black holes, predicting that this dark phenomena in space emits radiation, which would later be known as “Hawking radiation.” His book A Brief History of Time, first published in 1988, went on to become a huge success, selling at least 10 million copies in 40 different languages.
Hawking’s appeal has also crossed over to mainstream popular culture, appearing on four episodes of The Simpsons
, multiple episodes of The Big Bang Theory
, and two episodes of Futurama
. In 2014, a movie based upon his life called The Theory of Everything
was given a worldwide release, grossing $123.7 million. At the 2015 Academy Awards, the performer who player Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) went onto win an Oscar for Best Actor.
When Hawking was 21-years-old, he was told by his doctor that he only had a few years to live due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This disease gradually paralyzed Hawking over the decades, causing him to be conditioned to a wheelchair and relying upon a speech-generating device for vocal communication to the outside world. Despite the odds stacked against him, Hawking continued his scientific ventures, becoming a iconic figure in his profession.
Let’s take a look at some of Stephen Hawking’s best quotes and most famous sayings.
Stephen Hawking Best Quotes
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking
“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” – Stephen Hawking
“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.” – Stephen Hawking
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” – Stephen Hawking
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” – Stephen Hawking
“I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.” – Stephen Hawking
“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” – Stephen Hawking
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.” – Stephen Hawking
“Not only does God play dice, but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.” – Stephen Hawking
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking
“1, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. 2, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. 3, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” – Stephen Hawking
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” – Stephen Hawking