British physicist Stephen Hawking was probably the most renowned and admired scientist of the twentieth century.
Despite his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – a diagnosis he received as a ‘present’ for his twenty-first birthday – he led a mentally-active and lived a happy life against all odds.
He overcame debilitating illness to produce his “Theory of Everything” – the gift this scientific messiah left for the common good of mankind.
Hawking’s goal in life was to understand how the Universe works.
The 2014 Oscar-winning motion picture portraying his life is also very inspirational, although depicting only selected highlights of Hawking’s life.
He authored and co-authored a total of fifteen books. Some of the more interesting titles include A Brief History of Time (1988), The Universe in a Nutshell (2001), A Briefer History of Time (2005), and The Grand Design (2010).
Notwithstanding, the very fact that he lived to be 76 years old, despite the doctors’ dire predictions is more than inspirational in itself. As I said above, At the age of 21, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
At the time, doctors gave him two and a half years to live. The only reasonable explanation for this medical miracle is that he had a mission in his life and his dedication to that mission was stronger than the progress of his disease.
The twelve quotes by Stephen Hawking that we’ve selected below will certainly inspire you to discover the meaning of everything and think bigger!
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. – Stephen Hawking
Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor. – Stephen Hawking
We are all different, but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt and survive. – Stephen Hawking
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
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. – Stephen Hawking
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. – Stephen Hawking
So next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist. – Stephen Hawking
I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer. – Stephen Hawking
Some people would claim that things like love, joy, and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution. – Stephen Hawking
It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining. – Stephen Hawking
I have no idea [what my IQ is]. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers. – Stephen Hawking
Quiet people have the loudest minds. – Stephen Hawking