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Top 5 Stephen Hawking Quotes and Why They Inspire us

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It’s been over 50 years since Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with ALS. The young student was told that he’d become completely paralyzed and only live for two more years. But in the last 50 years, Stephen Hawking has continued to make a tremendous impact in the scientific community, and in each of our daily lives.

Over time, the disease slowly took away Hawking’s control over his muscles. His speech became hard to understand. He was confined to a wheelchair. In 1985, he had a tracheotomy which permanently removed his ability to speak.

Thanks to advances in technology, especially text-to-speech, Hawking had a way to continue communicating with the world. And with that power, he taught us lessons about the world around us, and about ourselves. Over the past 50 years, Stephen Hawking has given us a collection of inspiring quotes on life, work, and love.

Speech is indeed a powerful tool we have. And thanks to speech technology, we have given a voice to those who didn’t have one before. At one point, Stephen Hawking even used our NeoSpeech VoiceText engine and integrated it into his communicator! In this post, we’ll take a look at our top 5 favorite Stephen Hawking quotes, and discuss how each of these quotes inspire us in a different way.

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

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This is a quote coming from someone whose life many would consider tragic. However, Hawking doesn’t see it that way. Instead, he takes what life hands him and gives it a light-hearted chuckle. With this quote, Hawking is not trying to tell the world that nothing in life is tragic. In fact, he’s almost admitting that a lot in life is tragic.

The difference, though, is your personal attitude.  Hawking is saying that you have to look on the bright side, to be optimistic. You can either be a glass half-empty, or a glass half-full kind of person.

This quote inspires us because it reminds us that life isn’t always going to be fair, and that it doesn’t have to be the end of the world when something does go wrong. Giving up may be the easy thing to do, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

Enjoy life, and don’t take things too seriously. Just give it a laugh.

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”

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This quote stands out to anyone who has ever wanted to say something but couldn’t. Maybe it was because you were shy, or maybe it was because you never had the opportunity to speak up. Stephen Hawking reminds us though that just because we might not speak sometimes, doesn’t mean that we don’t have a voice.

Being quiet is not usually considered a desirable trait. Successful people are expected to be talkative and charismatic. This is expected professionally and socially. This often leaves quiet people feeling overlooked and bad about themselves.

This quote by Hawking goes two ways. First, he is reminding everyone out there that just because someone is being quiet, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have anything to say. Try not to overlook the quiet ones. They might just have the answer you’re looking for, or the idea that’ll spark your mind.

And second, Hawking is assuring us that there is nobility in being quiet. People who are quiet can still have a loud mind, which can still lead to successful lives.

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.”

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On the surface, this quote is a life lesson to people with disabilities to never give up. However, this quote can be equally inspiring to anyone who reads it.

When Hawking said this, he was speaking out to people with disabilities. The message was clear. Just because life took something away from you, it does not mean that your abilities to do other things are hindered. He urges us to keep our heads up and to focus on the things that are still possible.

While I don’t personally have a disability, this quote speaks out to me as well. It inspires me because it reminds me that even though I wasn’t able to achieve my wildest dreams (I wanted to be a baseball player), I can still achieve great things with the talents and abilities I have.

Bottom line, don’t give up. There are so many things in life that you can do. And always keep your spirits up.

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

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This quote inspires us to keep asking questions and to keep learning. Learning is a never-ending task. We all learn new things every day. However, many people don’t see it that way. Many of us tend to think that learning is done once we are finished with school and even celebrate that belief.

Hawking is telling us that holding on to that child-like curiosity is a good thing. He’s telling us that that is what led him to find success through his scientific breakthroughs. He didn’t necessarily just pick a topic and master it immediately. He kept asking questions and every now and then he found some answers.

There’s also a bit of humbleness in this quote. Hawking is essentially saying that he isn’t a genius. Rather, he’s saying that he just has the mindset of a child. This is inspiring because not all of us can be geniuses, but all of us can keep asking the “how” and “why” questions and search for the answers we are looking for.

“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”

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This quote is inspiring because it reminds us all of the unique and powerful ability we as people have. With talking and listening, Hawking says that we have managed to build the impossible. People have achieved amazing feats over the years, and Hawking tells us that it is all because of communication.

With this quote, Hawking also delivers a warning. He says that our greatest failures have come about due to a lack of communication. While failures such as conflicts have been common in human history, Hawking says it doesn’t have to always be this way.

We have the power to communicate. As long as we put that ability to use, we can make all of our greatest hopes a reality in the future. This is inspiring because it reminds us that we all have the power to change the world for the better.

It’s easy to take speech for granted. It is such a common part of our daily lives that we don’t tend to think about the impact our words can have. This is why we’ve seen a boom in the development of speech technology over the last few decades. With this technology we are able to give voices to both people and to computers. This has made communication more accessible. It has made us more connected with each other, and with technology.

Stephen Hawking wasn’t supposed to utter one single word over the past 50 years. But thanks to his determination, and the help of text-to-speech technology, he still has a voice and has used it to make a positive impact on the world we live in.

What do you think?

Which of these quotes inspired you the most? Are there any other inspirational quotes that you live by? Let us know in the comments!

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