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  1. I am in touch with a company that hopes to replicate my voice. However, they are not replicating my original voice – if they did that, I would sound like a man in his 20s, which would be very strange! They are actually trying to replicate the synthesizer that sits on my wheelchair.” — Stephen Hawking
  2. I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.” — Stephen Hawking
  3. 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.” — Stephen Hawking
  4. I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire. And it also puts our worries in perspective.” — Stephen Hawking
  5. I believe in universal health care. And I am not afraid to say so.” — Stephen Hawking
  6. 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.” — Stephen Hawking
  7. I believe there are no questions that science can’t answer about a physical universe.” — Stephen Hawking
  8. I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.” — Stephen Hawking
  9. I can’t disguise myself with a wig and dark glasses – the wheelchair gives me away.” — Stephen Hawking
  10. I can’t say that my disability has helped my work, but it has allowed me to concentrate on research without having to lecture or sit on boring committees.” — Stephen Hawking
  11. I don’t care much for equations myself. This is partly because it is difficult for me to write them down, but mainly because I don’t have an intuitive feeling for equations.” — Stephen Hawking
  12. I don’t have much positive to say about motor neuron disease, but it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I still could do. I’m happier now than before I developed the condition.” —Stephen Hawking
  13. I don’t have much positive to say about motor neurone disease. But it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I could still do.” — Stephen Hawking
  14. I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space.” — Stephen Hawking
  15. I don’t want to write an autobiography because I would become public property with no privacy left.” — Stephen Hawking
  16. I enjoy all forms of music – pop, classical and opera.” — Stephen Hawking
  17. I entered the health care debate in response to a statement in the United States press in summer 2009 which claimed the National Health Service in Great Britain would have killed me off, were I a British citizen. I felt compelled to make a statement to explain the error.” — Stephen Hawking
  18. I first had the idea of writing a popular book about the universe in 1982. My intention was partly to earn money to pay my daughter’s school fees.” — Stephen Hawking
  19. I grew up thinking that a research scientist was a natural thing to be.” — Stephen Hawking
  20. I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found.” — Stephen Hawking
  21. I had not expected ‘A Brief History of Time’ to be a best seller. It was my first popular book and aroused a great deal of interest. Initially, many people found it difficult to understand. I therefore decided to try to write a new version that would be easier to follow.” — Stephen Hawking
  22. I had not expected ‘A Brief History of Time’ to be a best seller.” — Stephen Hawking
  23. I have a full and satisfying life. My work and my family are very important to me.” — Stephen Hawking
  24. I have found far greater enthusiasm for science in America than here in Britain. There is more enthusiasm for everything in America.” — Stephen Hawking
  25. 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.” — Stephen Hawking
  26. I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time.” — Stephen Hawking
  27. I have visited Japan several times and have always been shown wonderful hospitality.” — Stephen Hawking
  28. I have wanted to fly into space for many years, but never imagined it would really be feasible.” — Stephen Hawking
  29. I have wondered about time all my life.” — Stephen Hawking
  30. 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.” — Stephen Hawking
  31. 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.” — Stephen Hawking
  32. 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
  33. I think it quite likely that we are the only civilization within several hundred light years; otherwise we would have heard radio waves.” — Stephen Hawking
  34. I think the brain is essentially a computer and consciousness is like a computer program. It will cease to run when the computer is turned off. Theoretically, it could be re-created on a neural network, but that would be very difficult, as it would require all one’s memories.” — Stephen Hawking
  35. I think the discovery of supersymmetric partners for the known particles would revolutionize our understanding of the universe.” — Stephen Hawking
  36. I think the human race doesn’t have a future if it doesn’t go into space.” — Stephen Hawking
  37. 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.” — Stephen Hawking
  38. I think we have a good chance of surviving long enough to colonize the solar system.” — Stephen Hawking
  39. I used to think information was destroyed in black hole. This was my biggest blunder, or at least my biggest blunder in science.” — Stephen Hawking
  40. I want my books sold on airport bookstalls.” — Stephen Hawking
  41. I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something greater than nothing.” — Stephen Hawking
  42. 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.” — Stephen Hawking
  43. I was never top of the class at school, but my classmates must have seen potential in me, because my nickname was ‘Einstein.’” — Stephen Hawking
  44. I was not a good student. I did not spend much time at college; I was too busy enjoying myself.” — Stephen Hawking
  45. I would like nuclear fusion to become a practical power source. It would provide an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming.” — Stephen Hawking
  46. I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.” — Stephen Hawking
  47. 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.” — Stephen Hawking
  48. If I had a time machine, I’d visit Marilyn Monroe in her prime or drop in on Galileo as he turned his telescope to the heavens.” — Stephen Hawking
  49. If I had to choose a superhero to be, I would pick Superman. He’s everything that I’m not.” — Stephen Hawking
  50. If the rate of expansion one second after the Big Bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, it would have recollapsed before it reached its present size. On the other hand, if it had been greater by a part in a million, the universe would have expanded too rapidly for stars and planets to form.” — Stephen Hawking
  51. 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
  52. If we want to travel into the future, we just need to go fast. Really fast. And I think the only way we’re ever likely to do that is by going into space.” — Stephen Hawking
  53. If you believe in science, like I do, you believe that there are certain laws that are always obeyed.” — Stephen Hawking
  54. If you understand the universe, you control it, in a way.” — Stephen Hawking
  55. I’m an atheist.” — Stephen Hawking
  56. I’m never any good in the morning. It is only after four in the afternoon that I get going.” — Stephen Hawking
  57. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.” — Stephen Hawking
  58. Imaginary time is a new dimension, at right angles to ordinary, real time.” — Stephen Hawking
  59. In Britain, like most of the developed world, stem-cell research is regarded as a great opportunity. America will be left behind if it doesn’t change policy.” — Stephen Hawking
  60. In less than a hundred years, we have found a new way to think of ourselves. From sitting at the center of the universe, we now find ourselves orbiting an average-sized sun, which is just one of millions of stars in our own Milky Way galaxy.” — Stephen Hawking
  61. In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind.” — Stephen Hawking
  62. In my school, the brightest boys did math and physics, the less bright did physics and chemistry, and the least bright did biology. I wanted to do math and physics, but my father made me do chemistry because he thought there would be no jobs for mathematicians.” — Stephen Hawking
  63. In the past, there was active discrimination against women in science. That has now gone, and although there are residual effects, these are not enough to account for the small numbers of women, particularly in mathematics and physics.” — Stephen Hawking
  64. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” — Stephen Hawking
  65. It is extremely important to me to write for children.” — Stephen Hawking
  66. It is generally recognised that women are better than men at languages, personal relations and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics.” — Stephen Hawking
  67. 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
  68. It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.” — Stephen Hawking
  69. It now appears that the way the universe began can indeed be determined, using imaginary time.” — Stephen Hawking
  70. It was Einstein’s dream to discover the grand design of the universe, a single theory that explains everything. However, physicists in Einstein’s day hadn’t made enough progress in understanding the forces of nature for that to be a realistic goal.” — Stephen Hawking
  71. It’s a pity that nobody has found an exploding black hole. If they had, I would have won a Nobel prize.” — Stephen Hawking
  72. It’s time to commit to finding the answer, to search for life beyond Earth. Mankind has a deep need to explore, to learn, to know. We also happen to be sociable creatures. It is important for us to know if we are alone in the dark.” —Stephen Hawking

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