Stephen Hawking

8 Jan 1942 // 14 Mar 2018
Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist


I was not a good student. I did not spend much time at college; I was too busy enjoying myself.
I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.
There is no unique picture of reality.
God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.
The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.
Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."