10 of Robin Williams' best quotes, one year on from his death
A full year has passed since the tragic death of acting legend Robin Williams. In honour of his stellar career, we look back at his best one-liners, quotes and anecdotes.
The American actor and comic died as a result of suicide on August 11th 2014, aged 63. The death of the Oscar winning actor was felt across the globe, as fans mourned the loss of one of Hollywood's greatest talents.
The Chicago native came to prominence when he was enlisted for the role of Mork, from Ork, on two episodes of Happy Days in the early 1970s. The character was received so well, that by 1978 the tv network had commissioned a weekly spin-off series Mork & Mindy.
Williams' expansive career, which saw him in iconic roles such as cross-dressing children's nanny Mrs Doubtfire and straight talking professor Dr Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, was also punctuated by the actor's own struggles with drug and alcohol addiction and bouts of depression.
He is remembered, and loved, as one of the most revered talents of his generation and his influence remains apparent.
Here are some of his most memorable quotes on life, love and lessons.
1. "You're only given a little spark of madness, you mustn't lose it."
2. "My battles with addiction definitely shaped how I am now. They really made me deeply appreciate human contact. And the value of friends and family, how precious that is."
3. "Ah, yes, divorce . . . from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet."
4. "Do you think God gets stoned? I think so ... look at the platypus."
5. "People think they know you. They expect you to be literally like you are on TV or in the movies, bouncing off the walls. A woman in an airport once said to me, "Be zany!" People always want zany, goofy sh-t from me. It takes a lot of energy to do that. If you do that all the time, you'll burn out."
6. "Death is nature's way of saying, 'Your table is ready!'"
7. "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world." - as John Keating in Dead Poet's Society
8. “A human life is just a heartbeat in heaven.” - as Chris Nielsen in What Dreams May Come
9. “Imagining something is better than remembering something.” - as Garp in The World According to Garp
10. “Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.” as Patch in Patch Adams