Monday 24 November 2014

The poetic superstar: Robin Williams' most poignant off screen quotes

Published 12/08/2014 | 09:30

World's Greatest Dad photocall - London...Actor Robin Williams during a photocall for the film 'World's Greatest Dad', at the Madarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 1, 2010. See PA story SHOWBIZ Williams. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire ...E
Robin Williams

Robin Williams was more than an Oscar winning comedy legend - he was a poignant, poetic superstar of our age.

Offscreen his sometimes devastating and always inspirational one-liners will always be remembered.

1. On maintaining your individuality:

 "You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it."

 

2. Words of wisdom for the confrontational:

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"Never fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose."

 

3. On legalising marijuana:

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

Actor Robin Williams (R), star of the film
Actor Robin Williams (R), star of the film "World's Greatest Dad", escorts Susan Schneider at the film's premiere in Los Angeles, California
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Williams was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
Actor and comedian Robin Williams (L) shares a laugh with actor Billy Crystal on the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall during HBO's "Comic Relief 8" show
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead on August 11, 2014 from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files
Actor Robin Williams (R) jokes with US Postal rider Lance Armstrong before the start of the 15th stage of the Tour de France between Valreas and Villard-de-Lans, in 2004. Reuters
Comedians Robin Williams (R), Billy Crystal (L) and Whoopi Goldberg share a hug on the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall at the end of HBO's "Comic Relief 8" show, in 1998. Reuters
Actor Robin Williams arrives for the European premiere of 'Happy Feet' at the Empire cinema in London in November 2006. Reuters
Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams jokes with reporters as he arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of the film "One Hour Photo" in Beverly Hills, California, August 22, 2002. Reuters
Actor Robin Williams, star of the new film "One Hour Photo", arrives for the film's premiere at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Reuters
Robin Williams and daughter Zelda Williams at the premiere of their film "House of D" in New York, April 10, 2005. Reuters
Artist Susan Schneider and actor Robin Williams arrive for the Comedy Awards 2012 in New York
Comedian Robin Williams, wearing a camouflage jacket, entertains a cheering crowd of U.S. Army troops at Baghdad airport
Actor and comedian Robin Williams arrives at the premiere of the film "World's Greatest Dad" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
Actor and comedian Robin Williams prepares to present the award for best animated feature at the 77th Academy Awards in Hollywood
Actor-comedian Robin Williams was found dead on August 11, 2014 at his home in Northern California from an apparent suicide, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
Actor Robin Williams (L) poses with his then wife Marsha as they arrive for the premiere of his film " What Dreams May Come" in Beverly Hills
Actor-comedian Robin Williams was found dead on August 11, 2014 at his home in Northern California from an apparent suicide, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas/Files
File photo dated 1/7/2010 of actor Robin Williams who has been found dead at his home in California, Marin County Sheriff's Office said.
Actor-comedian Robin Williams was found dead on August 11, 2014 at his home in Northern California from an apparent suicide, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
Actor/comedian Robin Williams poses backstage with the Cecil B. DeMille award he received at the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California
Robin Williams in Mrs Doubtfire
Robin Williams holds his Oscar after winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in "Good Will Hunting" at the 70th Annual Academy Awards
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead on August 11, 2014 from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
Robin Williams starred in the original Mrs Doubtfire movie
Robin Williams, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in "Good Will Hunting", arrives with his wife Marsha at the 70th Annual Academy Awards
Actor-comedian Robin Williams was found dead on August 11, 2014 at his home in Northern California from an apparent suicide, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files
Williams was found dead on August 11, 2014 at his home in Northern California from an apparent suicide, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
Actor-comedian Robin Williams was found dead on August 11, 2014 at his home in Northern California from an apparent suicide, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

 

4. On same-sex marriage:

"You could talk about same-sex marriage, but people who have been married say ‘It’s the same sex all the time."

 

5. On believing in yourself:

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change this world."

 

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6. What the real Robin Williams is like:

"Sad? No, I'm quiet. When people see me that way, they think something's wrong. No. 'You're on something.' No. I'm just recharging. In down times I do things like go for a long bike ride or run. The other thing I'm doing in that quiet time is just observing."

 

7. On divorce:

"Ah, yes, divorce … from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet."

 

8. On sticking with your guns:

"I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you."

 

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9. On divorce (again):

 "Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.' It's ripping your heart out through your wallet."

 

10. On death:

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

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