Stephen Hawking's Wisdom: Quotes From the Man Who Inspired The Theory of Everything

On January 15th, The Theory of Everything earned 5 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The film tells the extraordinary story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde, the fellow Cambridge student who became his wife.

In 1963, shortly before his 21st birthday, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave him just two years to live. However, despite his diagnosis and with Jane working beside him, he defied impossible odds and broke astounding new ground in medicine and science. In fact, Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. He has more than a dozen honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1982 and is a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science.

Through his books, interviews and lectures, Hawking has made some profound and often humorous life observations. To read some of his great quotes, go here to this story in Parade. It's just a smattering of wisdom from this father three who continues to research theoretical physics, travels the globe to lecture and hopes to one day visit space.