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  • Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity's deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.
    (Stephen Hawking, "A Brief History of Time")

  • God abhors a naked singularity.
    (Stephen Hawking, "A Brief History of Time")

  • If there really is a complete unified theory that governs everything, it presumably also determines your actions. But it does so in a way that is impossible to calculate for an organism that is as complicated as a human being. The reason we say that humans have free will is because we can't predict what they will do.
    (Stephen Hawking, "A Brief History of Time")

  • We find ourselves in a bewildering world. We want to make sense of what we see around us and to ask: What is the nature of the universe? What is our place in it and where did it and we come from? Why is it the way it is?
    (Stephen Hawking, "A Brief History of Time")

  • What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.
    (Stephen Hawking, "A Brief History of Time")


  • God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen.
    (Stephen Hawking)

  • If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist.
    (Stephen Hawking)

  • Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
    (Stephen Hawking)

  • 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.
    (Stephen Hawking)

  • When one's expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.
    (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)

  • It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.
    (Stephen Hawking)

  • I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
    (Stephen Hawking)

  • My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
    (Stephen Hawking)

  • Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?
    (Stephen Hawking)


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