113 Inspiring Robin Williams Quotes on Life, Happiness

Williams was a man with an incredible talent for comedy, but he also had a deep love for those in need and did some of his best work to make the world a happier place.

When you look at his career, it is easy to see why Williams won the hearts of so many people. He used his trademark manic humor to take on serious topics like depression and the meaning of life with such ease that he never failed to bring laughter into the lives of those who were hurting. On August 11, 2014, he left behind an incredible legacy that will live on forever.

If you are feeling beaten down, discouraged, and uninspired, take a moment to reflect on the words of one of the most influential comedians of our time – Robin Williams. His quotes will inspire you to take a step back and think about what matters.

Top 113 Inspiring Robin Williams Quotes on Life, Happiness

“You are a big country. You are the kindest country in the world. You are like a really nice apartment over a meth lab.”

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

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

“Being in the same room with people and creating something together is a good thing.”

“Never say goodbye because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.”

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy. Because they know what it feels like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anybody else to feel like that.”

“Inside of you, there’s a fashion model just waiting to throw up.”

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

“Imagining something is better than remembering something.”

“Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money’ but they changed it to alimony.”

“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky.”

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

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

“I love kids, but they are a tough audience.”

“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.”

“Sometimes it’s nobler to tell a small lie than to deliver a painful truth.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“There are three things in this world that you need: Respect for all kinds of life, a nice bowel movement on a regular basis, and a navy blazer.”

“Make your life spectacular. I know I did.“

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

“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.”

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

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

“For me, right now, the greatest thing is to take a moment and just breathe.”

“Nobody takes a picture of something they want to forget.”

“The only weapon we have is the comedy.”

“You have this idea that you’d better keep working otherwise people will forget. And that was dangerous. And then you realize, no, actually if you take a break people might be more interested in you.”

“You know what music is – a harmonic connection between all living beings.”

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

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

“It’s hard when you read an article saying bad things about you. It is as if someone is sticking a knife on your heart. But I am the harshest critic of my work.”

“But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.”

“Sometimes you have to make a movie to make money.”

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

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

“Stand-up is the place where you can do things that you could never do in public. . . Once you step on stage you’re licensed to do that. It’s an understood relationship. You walk on stage, it’s your job. Then it’s a question of what can you get away with.”

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

“If Heaven exists, to know that there’s laughter, that would be a great thing.”

“All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallowers, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home.”

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

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

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

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

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

“If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.”

“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.”

“You know, you get that tattoo of barbed wire when you’re 18, but by the time you’re 80, it’s a picket fence.”

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

“We’ve had cloning in the South for years. It’s called cousins.”

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

“You know the difference between a tornado and divorce in the South? Nothing! Someone’s losing a trailer, number one.”

“Spring is nature‘s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”

“I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.”

“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.”

There are no rules. Just follow your heart.”

“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.”

“Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, “Wonderful. Just have a backup profession like welding.”

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”

“Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, “Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding.”

“In America, they really do mythologize people when they die.”

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

“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.”

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

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

“If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?”

“Sometimes over things that I did, movies that didn’t turn out very well – you go, ‘Why did you do that?’ But in the end, I can’t regret them because I met amazing people. There was always something that was worth it.”

“There’s three things in this world that you need: Respect for all kinds of life, a nice bowel movement on a regular basis, and a navy blazer.”

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.”

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

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

“In England, if you commit a crime, the police don’t have a gun and you don’t have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say “Stop, or I’ll say stop again.”

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

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

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

“The world is open for play, everything and everybody is mockable in a wonderful way.”

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

“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.”

“Sometimes, over things that I did, movies that didn’t turn out very well–you go, ‘Why did you do that?’ But in the end, I can’t regret them because I met amazing people. There was always something that was worth it.”

“I have not thought about it, but when I die, just dance on my grave and water the plants with what you are drinking. Please do not clone me, because after a while your clone is not as bright as you are.”

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

“All you have to do is think one happy thought, and you’ll fly like me.”

“If heaven exists, to know that there are laughs, that would be a great thing.”

“Terrible wars have been fought where millions have died for one idea–freedom. And it seems that something that means so much to so many people would be worth having.”

“I don’t do well with snakes and I can’t dance.”

“On stage you’re free. You can say and do things that if you said and did any place else, you’d be arrested.”

“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.”

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

“I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.”

“Comedy is acting out optimism.”

“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 anybody else to feel like that.”

“Gentlemen, haven’t we learned anything from the music of John Lennon? All we need is love.”

“Some are born great. Some achieve greatness. Some get it as a graduation gift.”

“Crying never helped anybody do anything, okay? You have a problem you face it like a man.”

“I’m a very tolerant man, except when it comes to holding a grudge.”

“Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful. Just have a backup profession like welding.’”

“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.”

“When you have a great audience, you can just keep going and finding new things.”

“There’s a world out there. Open a window, and it’s there.”

“You don’t know about real loss because it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself.”

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

“But only in their dreams can men be truly free. It was always thus and always thus will be.”

“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.”

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is end up with people that make you feel all alone.”

“When I was growing up they used to say, “Robin, drugs can kill you.” Now that I’m 58 my doctor’s telling me, “Robin, you need drugs to live.” I realise now that my doctor is also a dealer…”

“Cricket is basically baseball on valium.”

“The only weapon we have is comedy.”

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

“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, every where, even the stars.”

“I want to do a movie, but it has to be the right movie, whether it’s independent or a studio movie. I’m much more open to being a supporting actor. At the age of 60, I’ll be second fiddle. Fine. I’m happy to do it.”

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