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List W – Stephen Hawking – Quotes


  1. Wagner manages to convey emotion with music better than anyone, before or since.

  2. We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit.

  3. We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.

  4. We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.

  5. 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.

  6. We are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe.

  7. We live in a bewildering world.

  8. We lived in a tall, narrow Victorian house, which my parents had bought very cheaply during the war, when everyone thought London was going to be bombed flat. In fact, a V-2 rocket landed a few houses away from ours. I was away with my mother and sister at the time, but my father was in the house.

  9. We must develop as quickly as possible technologies that make possible a direct connection between brain and computer, so that artificial brains contribute to human intelligence rather than opposing it.

  10. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.

  11. We should seek the greatest value of our action.

  12. We think that life develops spontaneously on Earth, so it must be possible for life to develop on suitable planets elsewhere in the universe. But we don’t know the probability that a planet develops life.

  13. We think we have solved the mystery of creation. Maybe we should patent the universe and charge everyone royalties for their existence.

  14. What I’d really like to control is not machines, but people.

  15. What was God doing before the divine creation?

  16. When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.

  17. When we understand string theory, we will know how the universe began. It won’t have much effect on how we live, but it is important to understand where we come from and what we can expect to find as we explore.

  18. While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior because there are far too many equations to solve. I’m no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women.

  19. Why are we here? Where do we come from? Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead.

  20. With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA, and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process, because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code.

  21. Women. They are a complete mystery.

  22. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.

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