Stephen Hawking’s theory on everything, in his own words

Stephen Hawking was one of the world’s most beloved scientists — not only for his intellect, but for his wit and humor. He died March 14 at age 76, and left behind provocative — and often comical — quotes.

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On the universe

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

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On scientific discoveries

“I wouldn’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer.”

— At a science festival in 2011

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On persistence

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

— In a 2016 speech

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On curiosity

“So remember, look at the stars and not at your feet.”

— At a 2015 event

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On intelligence

“I would never claim this. People who boast about their IQ are losers.”

— In response to a 2017 question about whether he believed he was the most intelligent person in the world

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On God

“God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.”

— In a 2010 CNN interview

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On women

“My [physician assistant] reminds me that although I have a PhD in physics, women should remain a mystery.”

— In his first Reddit AMA (his PA was a woman, by the way)

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On his appearance

“Unfortunately, Eddie [Redmayne] did not inherit my good looks.”

— Of the Oscar-winning actor who portrayed him in “The Theory of Everything”