Wednesday 13 December 2017

10 of Robin Williams' best quotes, one year on from his death

Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam
Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam
Robin Williams, the American actor and comedian and star of classic films including Mrs Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, and Dead Poet's Society, died on August 11 aged 63.
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Actor Robin Williams' star is seen on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Robin Williams, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and presenter Pierce Brosnan (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

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.

Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy days

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."

Robin Williams, the American actor and comedian and star of classic films including Mrs Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, and Dead Poet's Society, died on August 11 aged 63.

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."

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: Actor Robin Williams arrives at the CW, CBS and Showtime 2013 summer TCA party on July 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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

Robin Williams with his second wife Marsha and children Cody, Zak and Zelda

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

File photo dated 12/11/2008 of US actors and comedians Joan Rivers and Robin Williams backstage at the Wimbledon Theatre, London, after a charity performance in aid of the Prince's Trust charity, as the comedian has died in hospital in New York, her daughter Melissa said.

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!'"

Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam

7. "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world." - as John Keating in Dead Poet's Society

Robin Williams wins his Oscar for Good Will Hunting

8. “A human life is just a heartbeat in heaven.” - as Chris Nielsen in What Dreams May Come

Robin Williams will be remembered at the Emmy Awards show on August 25

9. “Imagining something is better than remembering something.” - as Garp in The World According to Garp

Zelda Williams has been targeted by online trolls over the death of her father Robin Williams (Rex)

10. “Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.” as Patch in Patch Adams

Mrs Doubtfire


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