The late actor Robin Williams left a big hole in this world and in our hearts when he passed away on August 11, 2014. From comedy tours to television to Oscar-winning movies, Williams did it all and always made his audience laugh.
Along with being a great actor and comedian, Williams was also a very inspirational and kind person. Things he said and did have stuck with people for years. So why not look back at some of the things he has said.
Read on to find out the top 5 quotes from Robin Williams, whether it was from a movie or just a quote from the legend himself.
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. Don’t lose it.”
Despite Robin Williams being a person that brought light to everyone’s life, he was actually not happy himself. But everyone’s a little mad in their own way. Besides acting, he was best known for being a stand-up comedian and did a lot of improv on the stage. This quote came from one of those shows. “Madness is the only way I stay alive,” he said at one point during the routine. The full quote is “You’re only given a little spark of madness and if you lose that you’re nothing. From me to you, don’t ever lose that cause it keeps you alive.”
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change this world.” – Dead Poets Society
This is one of the movie quotes that people use all the time. It is perfect for speeches, graduation caps and just daily reminders that what you say and what you think can change the world. Don’t let anyone else tell you it can’t. Williams played John Keating in Dead Poets Society and was one of the most inspirational characters he ever played. Keating was an English teacher so, of course, words were important to him.
“You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Good Will Hunting
Everyone has bad times in their lives, but sometimes those times can make you realize things you never would have known if your life was perfect. This quote from Williams came from the movie Good Will Hunting. Basically, this quote is you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone- family, friends, a home, food, a job, etc. So be thankful for what you have in life. The bad times will pass.
“To live would be an awfully big adventure.” -Hook
This iconic quote from Peter Pan really makes you think about life. Peter Pan was the boy who never grew up, except in the movie Hook. He flew away from Neverland, started a family and grew up, with the future of him eventually dying. “To live would be an awfully big adventure” basically means don’t just be alive, live your life, go on experiences, take that trip, talk to that guy/girl, etc. In the original play, Peter also says “to die would be an awfully big adventure” right after he drinks the poison and therefore thinks of everything as an adventure.
“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”
This quote makes us really sad. Williams fought his own demons, and it came out after he died that he was not happy, despite making others happy. “Because they know what it feels like to feel absolutely worthless” is the part that gets us the most. He felt all alone in a world where millions of people loved him and it just goes to show that even those who have money and fame aren’t always happy, so be kind always.