Stephen Hawking (8th January, 1942 – 14th March, 2018) was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and quite simply one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Trapped inside a body that did not work, Hawking is responsible for some of the greatest scientific knowledge of our time, earning a place along the greats such as Einstein, Newton and other legendary builders of science.
Hawking wrote many books, his most famous A Brief History of Time, and today we’re remembering the great scientist through a series of his quotes.
“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away”
“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”
“Without imperfection, you or I would not exist”
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny”
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate… Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded”
“I don’t think the human race will survive the next 1,000 years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars”
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus”
“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”
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The Telegraph gave some answers in an exclusive interview with Kerr at her home- the one with the very same kitchen as featured in her debut book The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
Here are some of our favourite quotes from that interview.
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These are the books he decided upon…