When doctors diagnosed him with a degenerative motor neuron disease, they gave him two and a half years’ time, but he battled all odds and emerged as one of the greatest physicists of the 21st century. We are talking about none other than scientist par excellence Stephen Hawking. Despite losing the dexterity of his hands, Hawking made a path-breaking discovery related to black holes. He summed the massive energy swamps that have befuddled physicists across the globe in a simple mathematical expression. Instead of cribbing about the loss of motor skills, Stephen embraced his illness and actually credits it for his creativity. "By losing the finer dexterity of my hands, I was forced to travel through the universe in my mind and try to visualize the ways in which it worked," he said. While many would expect him to be an excellent student, Hawking confessed that he was a mediocre performer in school and it was not until he turned 8 that he learned how to read and write properly. Despite this, he went on to excel in his scholarship exams for Oxford and he was also a star player in the University rowing team. He inspired us all through his work, research, and life. We have compiled some of the best and motivational quotes by the famous scientist from his writings, speeches, lectures, etc.