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" It now appears that the way the universe began can indeed be determined, using imaginary time. "
" One can't predict the weather more than a few days in advance. "
" No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before. "
" Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics. "
" Throughout history, people have studied pure science from a desire to understand the universe rather than practical applications for commercial gain. But their discoveries later turned out to have great practical benefits. "
" I don't want to write an autobiography because I would become public property with no privacy left. "
" One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem. "
" We should seek the greatest value of our action. "
" I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'how' and 'why' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer. "
" It was Einstein's dream to discover the grand design of the universe, a single theory that explains everything. However, physicists in Einstein's day hadn't made enough progress in understanding the forces of nature for that to be a realistic goal. "
" 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. "
" I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth. "
" In Britain, like most of the developed world, stem-cell research is regarded as a great opportunity. America will be left behind if it doesn't change policy. "
" I'm never any good in the morning. It is only after four in the afternoon that I get going. "
" When we understand string theory, we will know how the universe began. It won't have much effect on how we live, but it is important to understand where we come from and what we can expect to find as we explore. "
" Before I lost my voice, it was slurred, so only those close to me could understand, but with the computer voice, I found I could give popular lectures. I enjoy communicating science. It is important that the public understands basic science, if they are not to leave vital decisions to others. "
" Sometimes I wonder if I'm as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries. "
" The media need superheroes in science just as in every sphere of life, but there is really a continuous range of abilities with no clear dividing line. "
" God not only plays dice, but also sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. "
" It is generally recognised that women are better than men at languages, personal relations and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics. "
" The doctor who diagnosed me with ALS, or motor neuron disease, told me that it would kill me in two or three years. "
" For years, my early work with Roger Penrose seemed to be a disaster for science. It showed that the universe must have begun with a singularity, if Einstein's general theory of relativity is correct. That appeared to indicate that science could not predict how the universe would begin. "
" Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics. "
" Wagner manages to convey emotion with music better than anyone, before or since. "
" I can't disguise myself with a wig and dark glasses - the wheelchair gives me away. "
" No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius. "
" Some scientists think it may be possible to capture a wormhole and enlarge it many trillions of times to make it big enough for a human or even a spaceship to enter. "
" In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind. "
" I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their own life, and those that help them should be free from prosecution. "
" People who boast about their I.Q. are losers. "
" There are no black holes in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to infinity. "