Famous Quotes By Stephen Hawking


  1. Among physicists, I'm respected I hope.
  2. God not only plays dice, but also sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.
  3. God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen.
  4. I believe in universal health care. And I am not afraid to say so.
  5. I enjoy all forms of music - pop, classical and opera.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I used to think information was destroyed in black hole. This was my biggest blunder, or at least my biggest blunder in science.
  9. I would like nuclear fusion to become a practical power source. It would provide an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming.
  10. If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist.
  11. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.
  12. In Britain, like most of the developed world, stem-cell research is regarded as a great opportunity. America will be left behind if it doesn't change policy.
  13. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
  14. 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.
  15. It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.
  16. Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.
  17. 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.
  18. My work and my family are very important to me.
  19. Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.
  20. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
  21. Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.
  22. Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.
  23. Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.
  24. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.
  25. The media need superheroes in science just as in every sphere of life, but there is really a continuous range of abilities with no clear dividing line.
  26. 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.
  27. The universe is governed by science. But science tells us that we can't solve the equations, directly in the abstract.
  28. 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?
  29. 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.
  30. There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.
  31. 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.
  32. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
  33. 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.
  34. Women. They are a complete mystery.
  35. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.

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