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.
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space.
I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die.
In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.
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.
My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
Not only does God play dice but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.
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.
People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
Quiet people have the loudest minds.
The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.
The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.
The universe doesn’t allow perfection.
There is no unique picture of reality.
There ought to be something very special about the boundary conditions of the universe and what can be more special than that there is no boundary?
We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.
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.
Women. They are a complete mystery.
/ Stephen Hawking