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Robin Williams: the best pictures and quotes in memory of his gentility and genius

On August 11, 2014, aged 63, Robin Williams left the world heartbroken. But his extraordinary legacy will live on forever in our memories through the characters he portrayed.

Bright Side has put together this collection of quotes and images from some of Williams’s most memorable roles to remind us again of his exceptional wit, phenomenal comedic talent, and never-ending capacity for human connection.

Robin Williams captivated audiences from the very beginning: from his first major role in Mork and Mindy...

'Maybe he’s right, though. Maybe when you die something beautiful happens.'

- Robin Williams as Mork in Mork and Mindy

…right the way through to his final lead role in the movie Boulevard, in a career spanning almost 40 years.

'Maybe it's never too late to start living the life you really want. Maybe that's the deal.'

- Robin Williams as Nolan in Boulevard

With every part he played, it felt like we were being taught an important life lesson.

'No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change this world.'

- Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society

Yet his own special brand of silliness was evident in both his personal and professional lives.

With his second wife, Marsha, and their daughter Zelda Rae Williams at home in 1990.

Just like the DJ he portrayed in Good Morning,Vietnam, Williams always managed to raise a smile, even in the darkest of circumstances.

'The world is open for play; everything and everybody is mockable in a wonderful way.'

- Robin Williams

He awakened the lost boy in us all, and then he helped us find our way back home.

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of this classic retelling of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

'To live…to live would be an awfully big adventure.'

- Robin Williams as Peter Banning in Hook

His childlike persona and mischievous twinkle always shone through, particularly in his role as Jack: a 10-year-old boy in a 40-year-old’s body.

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

- Robin Williams as Jack

Robin was truly one of a kind; he made us laugh and he made us cry, often in the same scene.

'Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.'

- Robin Williams

He took us to magical worlds, full of adventure….

'You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.'

- Robin Williams

…and brought us right back down to Earth with a tear in our eye, time and time again.

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

- Robin Williams as Patch Adams

But what we miss most is his laughter and silliness.

'The truth is, if anything, I’m probably addicted to laughter.'

- Robin Williams

Plus the way he made us appreciate the richness of life’s experiences.

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

- Robin Williams as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting

We don’t use the word lightly, but Robin Williams was a true legend of our time.

'Smile, my boy. It’s sunrise.'

- Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum

Robin Williams flooded our lives with his unique voice, cheeky smile, and seemingly never-ending energy. In tribute, we leave you with this final, beautiful quote.

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 and when a shooting star streaks through the blackness make a wish and think of me.
Robin Williams as Jack
Preview photo credit Peggy Sirota / Parade
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