..(T)here are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may think all men so good that they deserve a share in the government of the commonwealth, and so wise that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the false, romantic doctrine of democracy. On the other hand, you may
The Old Testament contains fabulous elements. The New Testament consists mostly of teaching, not of narrative at all: but where it is narrative, it is, in my opinion, historical. As to the fabulous element in the Old Testament, I very much doubt if you would be wise to chuck it out.
It is my opinion that a story worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then.
Everything is as good or bad as our opinion makes it.
The theory that thought is merely a movement in the brain is, in my opinion, nonsense; for if so, that theory itself would be merely a movement, an event among atoms, which may have speed and direction but of which it would be meaningless to use the words 'true' or 'false'.
In any fairly large and talkative community such as a university there is always the danger that those who think alike should gravitate together where they will henceforth encounter opposition only in the emasculated form of rumour that the outsiders say thus and thus. The absent are easily refuted,
Many people find the universe confusing - it's not.
One can't predict the weather more than a few days in advance.
Scientific discovery may not be better than sex, but the satisfaction lasts longer.
Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesnâ€™t have to be like this.
Why are we here? Where do we come from? Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead.
Marilyn. Newton seems to have been an unpleasant character.
Once I wept for I had no shoes. Then I met a man with no feet, so I took his shoes. I mean, it wasn't as if he was going to need them.
I think the human race doesn't have a future if it doesn't go into space.
We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.
In my school, the brightest boys did math and physics, the less bright did physics and chemistry, and the least bright did biology. I wanted to do math and physics, but my father made me do chemistry because he thought there would be no jobs for mathematicians.
However, one cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem.
Evolution has ensured that our brains just aren't equipped to visualise 11 dimensions directly. However, from a purely mathematical point of view it's just as easy to think in 11 dimensions, as it is to think in three or four.
Its a crazy world out there. Be curious.
What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn't prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.
We explore because we are human.
The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.
Our minds work in real time, which begins at the Big Bang and will end, if there is a Big Crunch - which seems unlikely, now, from the latest data showing accelerating expansion. Consciousness would come to an end at a singularity.
God abhors a naked singularity.
Among physicists, I'm respected I hope.
Wagner manages to convey emotion with music better than anyone, before or since. Stephen Haw