Words from the Late, Great Robin Williams
We at Daily Diamond wanted to pay our respects to the legend that is Robin Williams, who recently passed away.
While the circumstances of his death have saddened the world, here are ten of the wonderful actor’s greatest quotes and words of wisdom to try and do what he did best: put a smile on your face.
1. “Comedy is acting out optimism.”
2. “What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.”
3. “Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humour. Death is not the enemy, gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all: indifference.” This is taken from Patch Adams, in which Williams played the title character.
4. “Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.”
5. “But if there is love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ve have a family in your heart forever.” Taken from Mrs Doubtfire. Williams not only starred in the title role, but was also one of the producers of this family favourite.
6. “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” As Dr Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, in which Williams won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
7. “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,” as John Keating in Dead Poets Society.
8. “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.”
9. “Reality: what a concept!”
10. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
And if you feel that you have not had enough of the comedian, that you need one more movie before you can let go, you can see him in the final installment of Night at the Museum (entitled Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) in cinemas later this year from 19 December, where he revisits his role of Theodore Roosevelt.
Despite problems with addiction and depression throughout his adult life, Williams was still able to bring laughter to so many people’s lives. A true inspiration, he made the world a happier place, and his work will continue to do so for generations to come.
Robin Williams: 21 July 1951 – 11 August 2014. Nanu nanu.