15 Stephen Hawking Quotes That Will Change Your Life

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Update: Stephen Hawking turns 74 today. And, while we originally celebrated his best quotes along with the release of his biopic The Theory of Everything, we find that his words are too beautiful not to revisit. Ahead, 15 Hawking quotes to inspire your New Year.
This story was originally published on January 8, 2015.
Stephen Hawking's life has been one of triumph. It's been so triumphant, in fact, that it's the subject of a new film, The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. (This author can tell you it's not only one of the greatest movies she's seen in a long time, but one so beautifully scored it will change the texture of your skin.)
As you prepare to experience the film, it's important to reflect on what makes Hawking himself so remarkable. Yes, it's that he's brilliant. Yes, it's that he's exceeded the wildest expectations about his motor neuron disease and quality of life. But, it's also because of the attitude he maintains and perspective he provides. Ahead, in honor of his birthday, 15 of his most inspirational quotes.