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Stephen Hawking Quotes Collection

Stephen Hawking Quotes Collection

  1. God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.

 

  1. Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe.

 

  1. Science is increasingly answering questions that used to be the province of religion.

  1. There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.

 

  1. I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.

 

  1. What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn’t prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.

 

  1. Theology is unnecessary.

 

  1. The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

 

  1. I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.

 

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

 

  1. I’m an atheist.

 

  1. When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in. It’s like asking directions to the edge of the earth; The Earth is a sphere; it doesn’t have an edge; so looking for it is a futile exercise.

 

  1. I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

 

  1. I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their own life, and those that help them should be free from prosecution.

 

  1. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.

 

  1. One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem.

 

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

 

  1. I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people.

 

  1. What was God doing before the divine creation? Was He preparing hell for people who asked such questions?

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. I believe there are no questions that science can’t answer about a physical universe.

 

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

 

  1. Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.

 

  1. The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.

 

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

 

  1. My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.

 

  1. We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.

 

  1. I regard the afterlife to be a fairy story for people that are afraid of the dark.

 

  1. Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge.

 

  1. The universe does not behave according to our pre-conceived ideas. It continues to surprise us.

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