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“ Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change”

— Stephen Hawking

“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

“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

“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

“God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen. ”

— 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

“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. ”

— Stephen Hawking

“Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. ”

— Stephen Hawking

“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. ”

— 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

“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

“One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem. ”

— Stephen Hawking

“Most sets of values would give rise to universes that, although they might be very beautiful, would contain no one able to wonder at that beauty.”

— Stephen Hawking

“Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales.”

— Stephen Hawking

“There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.”

— Stephen Hawking

“The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? ”

— Stephen Hawking

“Although September 11 was horrible, it didn't threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do.”

— Stephen Hawking

“I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. ”

— Stephen Hawking

“There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet.”

— Stephen Hawking

“You can't regulate every lab in the world.”

— Stephen Hawking

“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

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

— Stephen Hawking

“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

“Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in. ”

— Stephen Hawking

“The universe is governed by science. But science tells us that we can't solve the equations, directly in the abstract. ”

— Stephen Hawking

“We should seek the greatest value of our action. ”

— Stephen Hawking

“There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark. ”

— Stephen Hawking

“Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.”

— Stephen Hawking