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British theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England, on Wednesday morning, at the age of 76, gave a special advice to his children (Daughter, Lucy, and his two sons Robert and Tim) in a 2010 interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer on “World News Tonight”.

“Here are the most important pieces of advice that I’ve passed on to my children,” Hawking was quoted as saying:

  • “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
  • Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
  • Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is rare and don’t throw it away.”

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In spite of being in a wheelchair and dependent on a computerized voice system to communicate, Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and “The Universe in a Nutshell,” captured the public imagination with his remarkable scientific achievements in unraveling the deepest mysteries of the universe.

Hawking was born in Oxford, England, on Jan. 8 1942. However, in 1963, when he was only 21 years old, Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a form of Motor Neurone Disease more commonly called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He developed severe physical disabilities but defied all odds by living far past the average lifespan for people with this disease.