Monday Motivation

In Memory of the Courageous and Brilliant Stephen Hawking.

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Hawking taught the world that despite falling to physical disability or injury, an individual still has a strong mind to be curious and wise.

Move past your physical barriers and focus on increasing your mental strength.

You are stronger than you think.

Some of Hawking’s most inspiring quotes:

“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.”

“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.”

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.”

“It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It’s a crazy world out there. Be curious.”

“It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”

“If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault, but it is no good blaming the world or expecting it to take pity on you. One has to have a positive attitude and must make the best of the situation that one finds oneself in; if one is physically disabled, one cannot afford to be psychologically disabled as well.”

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

 “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.”

“Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.”

“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist.”

“People, in general, are very ready to help, but you should encourage them to feel that their efforts to aid you are worthwhile by doing as well as you possibly can.”

“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”

“I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

“I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.”

“I regard the afterlife to be a fairy story for people that are afraid of the dark.”

“So next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.”

“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”

 “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first…I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail.”






Youssef, E. (2018). The Curious Hero: 19 Inspirational Quotes from Stephen Hawking. Elephant Journal. doi: Accessed on March 15, 2018.


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