He tragically passed away on March 14, 2018, at the age of 76, leaving behind a great and unique legacy. British physicist Stephen Hawking was without a doubt one of the most motivating and life-changing people of the last century. He is not only an absolute intellectual giant, but also an example of incredible endurance and willpower in the face of debilitating disability. We have collected 22 of the most brilliant Stephen Hawking quotes to inspire you and to commemorate his passing.

Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease, at age 21, doctors gave him 2 years to live. He overcame crippling illness to create some of the most groundbreaking scientific theories in the last few centuries. Hawking’s goal was incredibly ambitious – to understand the deepest workings of the universe. For that goal, he devoted everything to finding a “theory of everything”.

With all his awe-inspiring achievements, we tend to forget we has also a loving father of three. It was his first wide, Jane Wilde, who helped him more than anyone when he was gradually losing control over his own body.

He gained wide recognition for his groundbreaking work on black holes and relativity, changing humanity’s understanding of the Universe. Apart from his research, he wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time, selling more than 10 million copies.

The Theory of Everything is the 2014 Oscar-winning depiction of his life. The movie showed that Stephen Hawking might be disabled in body, but certainly not in his ambitions.

He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will inspire generations to come.

His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world.

How will you remember him? This list of the most brilliant Stephen Hawking quotes will show you anything is possible.

22 Genius Stephen Hawking Quotes To Remember Him

  1. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matter that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking
  2. “Without imperfection, you or I would not exist.” – Stephen Hawking
  3. “The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.” – Stephen Hawking
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  4. “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
  5. “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” – Stephen Hawking
  6. “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
  7. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking Quotes
  8. “If we find the answer to why the universe exists, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God.” – Stephen Hawking
  9. “If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?” – Stephen Hawking
  10. “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. Its a crazy world out there. Be curious.” – Stephen Hawking
  11. “We are all different, but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt and survive.” – Stephen Hawking
  12. “The idea of 10 dimensions might sound exciting, but they would cause real problems if you forget where you parked your car.” – Stephen Hawking
  13. “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.” – Stephen Hawking
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  14. “Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.” – Stephen Hawking
  15. “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” – Stephen Hawking Quotes
  16. “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
  17. “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking
  18. “Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking
  19. “People who boast about their IQ are losers.” – Stephen Hawking
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  20. “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
  21. “He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love” – Stephen Hawking
  22. “Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.” – Stephen Hawking

VIDEO – Stephen Hawking’s Last Words to Humanity

Watch our video about the most powerful message from one of the greatest minds in history. We remember him not only as a brilliant scientist, but also – and more importantly – as one of the bravest and inspiring people to have ever lived on our planet.


May he rest in peace among the stars.


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Georgi Lazarov is the Editor-in-chief at Motivation Grid. Motivated young writer with diverse interests - psychology, philosophy, science, art. creativity and much more. Experimental and exploratory approach to life.

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