20 Robin Williams quotes that will live on

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
20 Robin Williams quotes that will live on

“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Photo Credit: Jack Mitchell, Getty

“Comedy is acting out optimism.”

​Photo Credit: Jack Mitchell, Getty

“You have this idea that you’d better keep working otherwise people will forget. And that was dangerous.”

Photo Credit: NBC via Getty

“See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.”

​Photo Credit: Jack Mitchell, Getty

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone.”

Photo Credit: Alan Levenson via Getty

“We’ve had cloning in the South for years. It’s called cousins.”

Photo Credit: Time & Life Pictures via Getty

“If I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, “once more unto the breach dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms “visiting hours” don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you… I don’t see an intelligent, confident man… I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart.” (From Good Will Hunting)

Photo Credit: Alamy

“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.”

Photo Credit: Bob Grant via Getty

“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.” (From August Rush)

Photo Credit: Vera Anderson via Getty

“We were romantics. We didn’t just read poetry. We let it drip from our tongues like honey. Spirits soared. Women swooned, and gods were created, gentlemen. Not a bad way to spend an evening, eh?” (From Dead Poet’s Society)

Photo Credit: Time & Life Pictures via Getty

“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe—hear it? Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” (From Dead Poet’s Society)

Photo Credit: Frank Edwards via Getty

“Okra is the closest thing to nylon I’ve ever eaten. It’s like they bred cotton with a green bean. Okra, tastes like snot. The more you cook it, the more it turns into string.”

​Photo Credit: Jack Mitchell, Getty

“All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallowers, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home.” (From Patch Adams)

Photo Credit: Ron Galella, Ltd. via Getty

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I’ll guarantee you’ll win.” (From Patch Adams)

Photo Credit: Universal Pictured via Getty

“Do you think God gets stoned? I think so … look at the platypus.”

Photo Credit: Time & Life Pictures via Getty

“The Moon… It hangs like a testicle in the sky…”

Photo Credit: Ron Galella, Getty

“I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.”

Photo Credit: Scott Gries, Getty

“Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding’.”

Photo Credit: Ron Galella, Getty

"What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong."

Photo Credit: Time & Life Pictures via Getty

“Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘your table is ready.’”

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. via Getty

of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


As a stand-up comic, Robin Williams was among the quickest wits to ever work a rowdy comedy club. His mouth worked as fast as his manic mind; audiences sat up just to decipher the multi-pitched voices that came out of his overactive brain. As an actor, Williams was known to create those lump-in-your-throat moments. He could be relied upon to deliver quiet lines to create the most stunning emotional scenes.

During the course of his 63 years on earth, Williams also inspired us with his own self-reflections and hyperanalysis as if he never disconnected from Mork, the TV alien he created in the late '70s, who came to Earth from the planet Ork. "In America we really do mythologise people when they die," Williams once said. DoYouRemember agrees whole-heartedly, and welcomes with sadness this legendary comic into our Great American cultural past.

Robin Williams's Unforgettable Career and Legacy

More to read:
Behind the scenes: 25 classic Hollywood moments
The 20 funniest comedy teams of all time
8 bizarre celebrity odd couples
Kids with big dreams in their eyes, Pt. 1
The downward spiral of child actors
Movie stars' 10 biggest flops
Read Full Story

People are Reading