16 Inspirational Quotes by Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientist of all time, has passe away and left behind not only a memorable legacy, but also inspirational quotes about life that will make you look at it from angles you didn't know existed.

On January 8, 1942 one of the most influential physicists of all time was born – Stephen Hawking. The multi award winning Britain-born scientist lived with early onset ALS, but continued to devote his life to physics, cosmology and also wrote books that even non-scientists could relate to. Yesterday, March 14, Stephen passed away in his home in Cambridge, England, and in honor of his life and wise words, we bring you 16 inspiring quotes by the man whose mark will last forever.

Stephen Hawking sitting against a space screen
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"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."

"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."

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."

"We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain."

Stephen Hawking sitting with people
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"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."

"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 disabled in spirit as well as physically."

"Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."

"I was never top of the class at school, but my classmates must have seen potential in me, because my nickname was 'Einstein.'"


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

"Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge."

"I believe things cannot make themselves impossible."

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


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

"Aggression, humanity’s greatest vice, will destroy civilization."

"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."

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