Stephen Hawking; Life Bending quotes

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 extraordinary.”

If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.”

The most significant enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is an illusion of knowledge.”

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning, and purpose and life are empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

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 wounded in spirit, as well as physically.”

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.”

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

It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years.”

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

We are all different, but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt and survive.”

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 give up.”

I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.”

Quiet people have the loudest minds.”

Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.”

Some people would claim that things like love, joy, and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution.”

It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life, and I haven’t done poorly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”

I have no idea (what my IQ is). People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.”

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and 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 give up.”

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