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

Published 12/08/2014 | 09:30

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

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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:

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

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3. On legalising marijuana:

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

 

4. On same-sex marriage:

Actor Robin Williams (R), star of the film "World's Greatest Dad", escorts Susan Schneider at the film's premiere in Los Angeles, California in this file picture taken August 13, 2009. 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/Fred Prouser/Files  (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT - Tags: PROFILE ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY)
Actor Robin Williams (R), star of the film "World's Greatest Dad", escorts Susan Schneider at the film's premiere in Los Angeles, California
Robin Williams gestures during a panel discussion for his upcoming HBO show "Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction" at the Television Critics Association Cable summer press tour in Pasadena, California in this file picture taken July 30, 2009. 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   (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE OBITUARY)
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
Robin Williams laughs, at a panel for the television series "The Crazy Ones" during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California in this July 29, 2013 file photo. 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  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY)
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

"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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