11 Stephen Hawking Quotes for His 71st Birthday

image

Getty Images

1. On His Schooling:

“At school, I was never more than about halfway up the class. It was a very bright class. My classwork was very untidy, and my handwriting was the despair of my teachers. But my classmates gave me the nickname Einstein, so presumably they saw signs of something better. When I was twelve, one of my friends bet another friend a bag of sweets that I would never come to anything. I don’t know if this bet was ever settled, and if so, which way it was decided…”

2. On Contacting Aliens:

“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.”

3. On His I.Q.:

“I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.”

More: 11 Stephen Hawking Quotes for His 71st Birthday

  1. lookingfor-hazel-grace reblogged this from mentalflossr
  2. crocodileblackpelvis reblogged this from mentalflossr
  3. katyajadwick reblogged this from mentalflossr and added:
    One of my all time biggest heroes!
  4. rhyvrtho reblogged this from mentalflossr
  5. cadconsole1 reblogged this from mentalflossr
  6. worldiary reblogged this from maneatingbadger
  7. maneatingbadger reblogged this from mentalflossr
  8. hayleyg13 reblogged this from mentalflossr and added:
    Amazing
  9. feminaamphibios reblogged this from mentalflossr
  10. mental-split reblogged this from mentalflossr
  11. vintage-dreamin reblogged this from mentalflossr
  12. carenkarpenter reblogged this from mentalflossr
  13. dashaddict reblogged this from mentalflossr
  14. apileofgoodthings reblogged this from gallifreygal
  15. weallcrazyhere reblogged this from mentalflossr
  16. brndy reblogged this from mentalflossr and added:
    What a fucking boss.
  17. momckenzie reblogged this from mentalflossr
  18. webiverse reblogged this from mentalflossr
  19. variousperspectives reblogged this from paintthedusktardisblue
  20. paintthedusktardisblue reblogged this from mentalflossr
  21. somethingacrosstheuniverse reblogged this from mentalflossr
  22. kspyoda3 reblogged this from gallifreygal
  23. 221b-in-night-vale reblogged this from mentalflossr