When Stephen Hawking passed away, aged 76, the world didn’t just lose one of the greatest scientific minds in the history of mankind but also one of its most beloved.
A clever, brave and incredibly insightful man on a whole range of topics, Hawking was also very funny and known for his wit as much as his intellect.
Though his discoveries and achievements already stand as a testament to his life’s work, it’s also well worth revisiting some of the wisdoms and witticisms offered up by late theoretical physicist over the years. Here are just seven.
On the universe
“It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
On scientific discoveries
“I wouldn’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer.”
“God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.”
“I would never claim this. People who boast about their IQ are losers.”
“My [physician assistant] reminds me that although I have a PhD in physics, women should remain a mystery.”
“Look at the stars and not at your feet.”