200+ Stephen Hawking Quotes – Scientist’s Memorable Quotes

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Stephen Hawking, a great scientist known for his breakthrough work on the cosmos, left a wealth of knowledge in his memorable quotes.

This article will explore the most popular Stephen Hawking quotes resonating with people worldwide. These quotations serve as beacons for individuals looking for motivation, insight, and a more precise knowledge of the cosmos and life.

People utilize these quotations as a source of motivation to induce through challenges, to make wonder for the universe, and to serve as an update of the esteem of information and guts.

Join us on a trip through Hawking’s profound remarks to see why these quotations inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

Most Popular Stephen Hawking Quotes

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. – Stephen Hawking


My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically. – 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

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. – Stephen Hawking


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 a reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking. – Stephen Hawking


Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. – 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

It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love. – Stephen Hawking


The human capacity for guilt is such that people can always find ways to blame themselves. – Stephen Hawking


For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. – Stephen Hawking


It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It’s a crazy world out there. Be curious. – Stephen Hawking

We are all different — but we share the same human spirit. – Stephen Hawking


Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny. – Stephen Hawking


People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining. – Stephen Hawking


Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge. – Stephen Hawking

Aggression, humanity’s greatest vice, will destroy civilization. – Stephen Hawking


I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. – Stephen Hawking


Quiet people have the loudest minds. – Stephen Hawking


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. – Stephen Hawking

Without imperfection, you or I would not exist. – Stephen Hawking


Einstein was wrong when he said, ‘God does not play dice’. Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen. – Stephen Hawking


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. – Stephen Hawking


The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. – Stephen Hawking

Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. – Stephen Hawking


If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God. – Stephen Hawking


At school, I was never more than about halfway up the class. It was a very bright class. My classwork was very untidy, and my handwriting was the despair of my teachers. But my classmates gave me the nickname Einstein, so presumably, they saw signs of something better. When I was twelve, one of my friends bet another friend a bag of sweets that I would never come to anything. I don’t know if this bet was ever settled, and if so, which way it was decided. – Stephen Hawking


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


Black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought. Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up—there’s a way out. – Stephen Hawking


Most of the threats we face come from the progress we’ve made in science and technology. We are not going to stop making progress or reverse it, so we must recognize the dangers and control them. I’m an optimist, and I believe we can. – Stephen Hawking


God is the name people give to the reason we are here. – Stephen Hawking


If you believe in science, as I do, you believe that there are certain laws that are always obeyed. – Stephen Hawking


Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out. – Stephen Hawking


This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful. – 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


My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus. – Stephen Hawking


I have already completed a zero-gravity flight which allowed me to float weightless, but my ultimate ambition is to fly into space. – Stephen Hawking


It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. – Stephen Hawking


I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers. – Stephen Hawking


If you jump into a black hole, your mass energy will be returned to our universe but in a mangled form which contains the information about what you were like but in a state where it can not be easily recognized. It is like burning an encyclopedia. Information is not lost if one keeps the smoke and the ashes. But it is difficult to read. – Stephen Hawking


One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist. – Stephen Hawking


only in the few universes that are like ours would intelligent beings develop and ask the question: “Why is the universe the way we see it?” The answer is then simple: If it had been any different, we would not be here! – Stephen Hawking


The victim should have the right to end his life if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope. – Stephen Hawking


I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. – Stephen Hawking


I like Chinese culture very much and Chinese food as well. But I like Chinese women the most. They are very pretty. – Stephen Hawking


Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion. – Stephen Hawking


I was never top of the class at school, but my classmates must have seen potential in me because my nickname was ‘Einstein. – Stephen Hawking


We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain to look inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet. – Stephen Hawking


Women. They are a complete mystery. – Stephen Hawking


The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people. – Stephen Hawking


I wouldn’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer. – Stephen Hawking


The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognized. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. The wheelchair gives me away. – Stephen Hawking


Not only does God play dice, but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. – Stephen Hawking


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


God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator. – Stephen Hawking


I want my books sold on airport bookstalls. – Stephen Hawking


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. – Stephen Hawking


We should seek the greatest value of our action. – Stephen Hawking


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


The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities. – Stephen Hawking


It is generally recognized that women are better than men at languages, personal relations, and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics. – Stephen Hawking


Today will still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in. – Stephen Hawking


There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works. – Stephen Hawking


[In the Universe it may be that] Primitive life is very common and intelligent life is fairly rare. Some would say it has yet to occur on Earth. – Stephen Hawking


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


When we understand string theory, we will know how the universe began. It won’t have much effect on how we live, but it is important to understand where we come from and what we can expect to find as we explore. – Stephen Hawking


If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future? –  Stephen Hawking


The most remarkable property of the universe is that it has spawned creatures able to ask questions. – Stephen Hawking


Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free. – Stephen Hawking


I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth. – Stephen Hawking


In less than a hundred years, we have found a new way to think of ourselves. From sitting at the center of the universe, we now find ourselves orbiting an average-sized sun, which is just one of the millions of stars in our own Milky Way galaxy. – Stephen Hawking


My disabilities have not been 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. – Stephen Hawking


When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have. – Stephen Hawking


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. – Stephen Hawking


It will take about a thousand million million million million years for the Earth to run into the sun, so there’s no immediate cause for worry! – Stephen Hawking


I think it would be a disaster. The extraterrestrials would probably be far in advance of us. The history of advanced races meeting more primitive people on this planet is not very happy, and they were the same species. I think we should keep our heads low. – Stephen Hawking


I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time. – Stephen Hawking


The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate… Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded. – Stephen Hawking


Just because I do a lot of thinking doesn’t mean I don’t like parties and getting into trouble. – Stephen Hawking


I believe there are no questions that science can’t answer about a physical universe. – Stephen Hawking


To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. – Stephen Hawking


I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years unless we spread into space. – Stephen Hawking


Silent people have the loudest minds. – Stephen Hawking


I think computer viruses should count as life … I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image. – Stephen Hawking


You cannot understand the glories of the universe without believing there is some supreme power behind it. – Stephen Hawking


I put a lot of effort into writing ‘A Briefer History’ at a time when I was critically ill with pneumonia because I think that it’s important for scientists to explain their work, particularly in cosmology. This now answers many questions once asked of religion. – Stephen Hawking


The idea of 10 dimensions might sound exciting, but they would cause real problems if you forget where you parked your car.- Stephen Hawking


While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior because there are far too many equations to solve. I’m no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women. – Stephen Hawking


It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value. – Stephen Hawking


Stay happy in every circumstance. Find ways to amuse yourself.  – Stephen Hawking


In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind. – Stephen Hawking


The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? – Stephen Hawking


In the early universe—when the universe was small enough to be governed by both general relativity and quantum theory—there were effectively four dimensions of space and none of the time. That means that when we speak of the “beginning” of the universe, we are skirting the subtle issue that as we look back toward the very early universe, time as we know it does not exist! We must accept that our usual ideas of space and time do not apply to the very early universe. That is beyond our experience, but not beyond our imagination, or our mathematics. – Stephen Hawking


What’s your drug of choice?” she asked. “Hope,” he said. “The most addicting one of all. – Stephen Hawking


It matters if you just don’t give up. – Stephen Hawking


The government works best under the glare of public scrutiny. Absent such scrutiny, abuses occur. – Stephen Hawking


It is said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But the universe is the ultimate free lunch. -Stephen Hawking


There could be shadow galaxies, shadow stars, and even shadow people. – Stephen Hawking


Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill. – Stephen Hawking


I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.- Stephen Hawking


Science can lift people out of poverty and cure disease. That, in turn, will reduce civil unrest. – Stephen Hawking


Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? – Stephen Hawking


I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity. Perhaps one day I will go into space. – Stephen Hawking


There is a real danger that computers will develop intelligence and take over. We urgently need to develop direct connections to the brain so that computers can add to human intelligence rather than be in opposition. – Stephen Hawking


Although I was unfortunate to get motor neuron disease, I’ve been very fortunate in almost everything else. I’ve been lucky to work in theoretical physics at a fascinating time, and its one of the few areas in which my disability is not a serious handicap. – Stephen Hawking


Time and space are finite in extent, but they don’t have any boundary or edge. They would be like the surface of the earth, but with two more dimensions. – Stephen Hawking


Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. – Stephen Hawking


There is no unique picture of reality. – Stephen Hawking


I like physics, but I love cartoons. – Stephen Hawking


If you understand how the universe operates, you control it, away. – Stephen Hawking


Nothing can not exist forever. – Stephen Hawking


So Einstein was wrong when he said, “God does not play dice.” Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen. – Stephen Hawking


There should be no boundaries in human endeavor.- Stephen Hawking


The universe is not indifferent to our existence — it depends on it.. – Stephen Hawking


There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature. – Stephen Hawking


I don’t want to write an autobiography because I would become a public property with no privacy left. – Stephen Hawking


It’s also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is because you can lose all hope if you can’t laugh at yourself and at life in general. – Stephen Hawking


Sometimes I wonder if I’m as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries. – Stephen Hawking


One can’t predict the weather more than a few days in advance. – Stephen Hawking


Simplicity is a matter of taste. – Stephen Hawking


It is very important for young people to keep their sense of wonder and keep asking why. – Stephen Hawking


The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time. – Stephen Hawking


The missing link in cosmology is the nature of dark matter and dark energy. – Stephen Hawking


Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn. – Stephen Hawking


Most sets of values would give rise to universes that, although they might be very beautiful, would contain no one able to wonder at that beauty. – Stephen Hawking


Why are we here? Where do we come from? Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. – Stephen Hawking


Despite recent triumphs, there are many new and deep mysteries that remain for you to solve. – Stephen Hawking


Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. –  Stephen Hawking


Eternity is a long time, especially towards the end. –  Stephen Hawking


The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We are so insignificant that I can’t believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes. –  Stephen Hawking


The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. –  Stephen Hawking


The universe does not behave according to our pre-conceived ideas. It continues to surprise us. – Stephen Hawking


If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault but it is no good blaming the world or expecting it to take pity on you. – Stephen Hawking


You can’t regulate every lab in the world. –  Stephen Hawking


Next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that it may be a good thing. –  Stephen Hawking


I have a full and satisfying life. My work and family are very important to me. –  Stephen Hawking


There is nothing bigger or older than the universe. –  Stephen Hawking


Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security. –  Stephen Hawking


What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise. –  Stephen Hawking


With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code. – Stephen Hawking


One has to have a positive attitude and must make the best of the situation that one finds oneself in; if one is physically disabled, one cannot afford to be psychologically disabled as well. – Stephen Hawking


Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics. –  Stephen Hawking


Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. –  Stephen Hawking


Every man should marry. After all, happiness is not the only thing in life. –  Stephen Hawking


There is no way that we can predict the weather six months ahead beyond giving the seasonal average. –  Stephen Hawking


Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway. – Stephen Hawking


Imaginary time is a new dimension. – Stephen Hawking


The radiation left over from the Big Bang is the same as that in your microwave oven but very much less powerful. It would heat your pizza only to minus 271.3*C – not much good for defrosting the pizza, let alone cooking it. –  Stephen Hawking

Most Popular Stephen Hawking Quotes are like celestial beacons. Most Popular Stephen Hawking Quotes illuminate our paths, urging us to explore the universe of knowledge. Most Popular Stephen Hawking Quotes remind us of our uniqueness, boundless potential, and enduring curiosity. Most Popular Stephen Hawking Quotes will forever guide and inspire.

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