57 Amazing Robin Williams Quotes on Life

Robin Williams wasn’t just a splendid actor and comedian known for the voice of the Genie in Aladdin or the doctor everyone loved in Patch Adams. He was a wise man with a deep, meaningful soul who regularly dished out words of wisdom and could change people’s perspectives about themselves and life effortlessly. 

Williams was born on July 21, 1951, and has given us so much to be grateful for over the years.

Whether it was the insight he shared as John Keating in Dead Poets Society, the rip-roaring laughter he gave us in Flubber and Mrs. Doubtfire, or how he swept us away in Hook and Jumanji, his legacy will live on forever.

I present you with 57 amazing Robin Williams Quotes, which I hope you love just as much as I do.

1. “You’re only given a spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it”.

2. “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 all alone.”

3. “You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

4. “You’re still young. Being a true loser takes years of ineptitude.”

5. “A human life is just a heartbeat in heaven.”

6. “You have this idea that you’d better keep working; otherwise, people will forget. And that was dangerous.”

7. “The things we fear the most have already happened to us.”

8. “Sometimes you can have a whole lifetime in a day and never notice that this is as beautiful as it gets.”

9. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

10. “What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.”

11. “Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting.”

12. “Good people end up in hell because they can’t forgive themselves.”

13. “A hungry stomach, an empty wallet, and a broken heart can teach you the best lessons of life.”

14. “Do I perform sometimes in a manic style? Yes. Am I manic all the time? No. Do I get sad? Oh yeah. Does it hit me hard? Oh yeah.”

15. “I do believe in love; it’s wonderful – especially love third time around, it’s even more precious; it’s kind of amazing.”

16. “The human spirit is more powerful than any drug, and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter.”

17. “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.”

18. “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”

19. “Death is nature’s way of saying, “Your table is ready.”

20. “The idea of playing a character who is kind of isolated, I can relate to that.”

21. “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.”

22. “Change is not popular; we are creatures of habit as human beings. “I want it to be the way it was.” But if you continue the way it was, there will be no “is.”

23. “I think it’s great when stories are dark and strange and weirdly personal.”

24. “Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.”

25. “For a while, you get mad, then you get over it.”

26. “You must strive to find your own voice because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.”

27. “To be free. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in the world.”

28. “The world is your oyster. Never stop trying new things.”

29. “You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars.”

30. “Time is the best teacher; unfortunately, it kills all of its students.”

31. “Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.”

32. “Don’t associate yourself with toxic people. It’s better to be alone and love yourself than surrounded by people that make you hate yourself.”

33. “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you’re making too much money.”

34. “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

35. “There is still a lot to learn, and there is always great stuff out there. Even mistakes can be wonderful.”

36. “Stop being afraid of getting older. With age comes wisdom and confidence.”

37. “Seize the day. Because believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing.”

38. “There’s no shame in failing. The only shame is not giving things your best shot.”

39. “I try to make sense of things. Which is why, I guess, I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.”

40. “There are no rules. Just follow your heart.”

41. “Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?”

42. “Death – to blink for an exceptionally long period of time.”

43. “Neve say goodbye because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.”

44. “Comedy is acting out optimism.”

45. “I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself.”

46. “Self-reliance is the key to a vigorous life. A man must look inward to find his own answers.”

47. “You’re not perfect, sport. And let me save you the suspense. This girl you met, she isn’t perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other. That’s the whole deal. That’s what intimacy is all about.”

48. “Sometimes you got to specifically go out of your way to get into trouble. It’s called fun.”

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

50. “Never pick a fight with an ugly person; they’ve got nothing to lose.”

51. “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

52. “My children give me a great sense of wonder. Just to see them develop into these extraordinary human beings.”

53. “Even mistakes can be wonderful.”

54. “Age makes you more confident. When you realize that it’s time now to just do things. When there’s not the pressure to perform on some level of expectations, there’s more to just explore.”

55. “All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul.”

56. “Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.”

57. “It’s great to play…Who wants to be deeply serious all the time? That would suck, I think. But I’m just now getting to the point where you realize, ‘Wait, you don’t have to play all the time.’ It’s exhausting, and you have to save something for when you come home. [My ex-wife] Marsha gets asked that all the time: ‘He must be really wild at home!’ The truth is that if I were, she wouldn’t be alive. That type of freneticism is insane.”

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Chris Jones

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