One final piece of advice for the new year

Being short on time today, I’m back to my archives for inspiration. Tomorrow, January 8th, would have been physicist Stephen Hawking’s 77th birthday. Hawking, arguably the greatest mind of his generation, passed away in March of last year, after 50+ years of defying the odds of surviving ALS. The post below was from January 9th of last year.


“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don’t just give up.” — Stephen Hawking, 2012

Words to live by from one of the greatest minds of our era.

Physicist Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with ALS at 21,  turned 76 yesterday. And indeed, it mattered that he didn’t just give up. In the past 50 years, he has done an impressive amount of work in cosmology and physics -especially with the understanding of black holes.

In belated honor of his birthday, I’ve (re)shared the concluding lines from the speech he’d prepared to deliver at Cambridge at an event honoring  his 70th birthday, which he, unfortunately, was unable to attend.

Image from NASA of composite x-ray of gas emanating from a black hole at the center of the NGC 1068 galaxy, borrowed from National Geographic at


One thought on “One final piece of advice for the new year”

  1. You always come up with The Best quotes! Although if I’m to be honest, when I read the post title I thought of Carol (whom I’ve never met and have no idea what you look like) standing with hands on hips and sternly giving the new year a good talking to! 🙂 I like that image.


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