Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking passed away on March 13, 2018, at the age of 76. Hawking left a long scientific legacy behind him, but more than that, he also left a legacy of scientific outreach to the general public. Through his books, lectures and movies - as well as the occasional cameo on TV - Hawking inspired people for decades to learn more about the universe.
He was also, as a writer and speaker, an intelligent and witty person. Here are a few of his best quotes from the decades of his public life.
"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all."
- from the book Stephen Hawking's Universe by John Boslough