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The Best Quotes To Remember Professor Stephen Hawking By

The great Professor Stephen Hawking has passed away.



The pillar of science who was expected to die before his 24th birthday after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a rare motor neuron disease, lived to a ripe old age of 76. On March 14, he died peacefully in his sleep in his home, under the watch of those who cared for him the most.

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," say his children, Lucy, Tim, and Robert in an official statement.

"He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever," they continued.



The author and physicist will be remembered for discovering a black hole phenomenon that was eventually named Hawking radiation, and for his relentless search of the so-called theory of everything. He hypothesized that the theory could be the single unifying concept that would bridge the scientific branches of cosmology (which focuses on studying overarching concepts that explain how the universe functions) with quantum mechanics (which concentrates on studying the smallest scales of energy in atomic and sub-atomic particles).

The research, he was sure, would allow humans to discover how the universe began and how it would end, changing the way we understand space and time—life as we know it—forever.



Outside the scientific community, he became a fixture in pop culture for his sharp humor, wacky antics, and for bringing science closer to the masses through his written work. His most famous book, A Brief History of Time, was on the London Sunday Times' best-seller list for no less than 237 weeks and sold 10 million copies worldwide. In it were simplified concepts of his work that allowed common folk to appreciate the beauty of physics and the endless possibilities of the universe.



But no matter where his name or works were known, one thing is certain: he inspired crowds with his indomitable spirit and proved that nothing can stop a man with purpose. Despite having a body bound to the earth, and for most of his life, a wheelchair, Stephen Hawking's mind and imagination were limitless and infinite—much like the universe he spent his life trying to understand.

To best remember Stephen Hawking and what he stood for, here are some of the professor's most inspiring words:



Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge, England. The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking’s 1988 best selling book ‘A Brief History of Time’ explored the mysteries of space, time and black holes, and he was widely credited with generating a new enthusiasm for science. Even though his body was attacked by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, when Hawking was 21, he stunned doctors by living with the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years. “I accept that there are some things I can’t do,” he told The Associated Press in 1997. “But they are mostly things I don’t particularly want to do anyway.” Then, grinning widely, he added, “I seem to manage to do anything that I really want.”

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1. “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.”


2. “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” ?


3. “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 is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.” 


4. "Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”


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



6. "We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit."


7. "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."


8. "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."


9. "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."


10. “People who boast about their IQ are losers.”


11. "No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before."


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



13. "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. 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 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.” 


14. "Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen."


15. "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet."


16. "However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."