Remembering Stephen Hawking: Top Quotes Of The Unforgettable Genius

| March 14 , 2018 , 12:48 IST

Given a life expectancy of 2 years at the age of 21 years, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking broke all expectations by living for another 55 years, and making countless contributions to the world of science, before he died on Wednesday.

Despite being diagnosed with a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig's disease, Hawking did not let his health limitations limit his ambition or dreams. As he slowly became paralysed, he was left with only a cheek muscle to convey his thoughts, yet his quotes have inspired people across the world.

Here are some of Stephen Hawking's top quotes:

"I was born on January 8, 1942, exactly three hundred years after the death of Galileo. I estimate, however, that about two hundred thousand other babies were also born that day. I don't know whether any of them was later interested in astronomy."

“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”

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fails. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark”

“It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us”

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a mirror planet of a very average star. But we can understand the universe. That makes us something very special”

"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."

"While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior because there are far too many equations to solve. I'm no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women."

"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."

"I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth."

"Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion."

"No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before."

"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans."

"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."

"I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'how' and 'why' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer."