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Tech 15 of the most remarkable and memorable things Stephen Hawking ever said

Stephen Hawking, who unraveled the mysteries of black holes and inspired billions of people, left behind some remarkable insights before he died on March 14.

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Stephen Hawking in April 2016. play

Stephen Hawking in April 2016.

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Stephen Hawking died early in the morning on March 14, 2018 — Pi Day and Albert Einstein's birthday — but left behind one of the most incredible legacies for a human being on Earth.

Hawking was a theoretical physicist who pioneered new understandings of black holes and the cosmos at large. What's more, he did so while struggling with a severe neurodegenerative disease that confined him to a wheelchair for the vast majority of his life.

The world-renowned scientist carefully contemplated and composed his thoughts with a special eye-tracking computer, and those words — many of them humorous — continue to inspire generations of people who were curious about how the universe works, where it came from, and where it may be headed.

Hawking supplied no shortage of remarkable insights about life, love, and science. Below, we've done our best to collect the most memorable things he said in his books, essays, interviews, TV show appearances, and more.

On coping with his disability:

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On coping with his disability:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On his life outlook:

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On his life outlook:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On science and religion:

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On science and religion:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On the place of humans in the cosmos:

On the place of humans in the cosmos: play

On the place of humans in the cosmos:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On his diagnosis with ALS:

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On his diagnosis with ALS:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On perfection and making mistakes:

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On perfection and making mistakes:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On the purpose of intelligence:

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On the purpose of intelligence:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On what Albert Einstein said about black holes:

On what Albert Einstein said about black holes: play

On what Albert Einstein said about black holes:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On the future of humanity:

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On the future of humanity:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On not giving up:

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On not giving up:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On the perils of scientific discovery:

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On the perils of scientific discovery:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On intelligence quotients (IQ):

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On intelligence quotients (IQ):

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On the existence of multiple universes:

On the existence of multiple universes: play

On the existence of multiple universes:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)

Source: "Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places"/CuriosityStream



On death:

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On death:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


On heaven and an afterlife:

On heaven and an afterlife: play

On heaven and an afterlife:

(Jenny Cheng/Business Insider)


Remembering Stephen Hawking: