Intriguing thoughts from an Agnostic-Deist, an Agnostic-Theist, & an Agnostic-Agnostic

HAWKING
'My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.'
'The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.'
'It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years.'
'The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?'
'I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. '

EINSTEIN
'My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.'
'God is subtle but he is not malicious.'
'The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.'
'I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.'
'The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.'
'The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.'
'Not everything that counts can be counted, & not everything that can be counted counts.'

DARWIN
'I was a young man with uninformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering all the time over everything; and to my astonishment the ideas took like wildfire. People made a religion of them.'
'To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selections, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree.'
'A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, – a mere heart of stone.'
'The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.'
'My theology is a simple muddle: I cannot look at the Universe as the result of blind chance, yet I can see no evidence of beneficent Design.'
'It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.'

CONCLUSION: Einstein is the more concise, and probably the happiest too.

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