Robin Williams Death: 15 of His Most Memorable Quotes From Film

Robin Williams in Dead Poet's Society
Robin Williams played professor John Keating in Dead Poets Society. Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

The entertainment industry and the world suffered a devastating blow on Monday, Aug. 11, when legendary comedian, Oscar winner, and beloved household name Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. 

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He left behind a legacy of hit films with treasured characters from Mrs. Doubtfire to John Keating. Here are some of his most meaningful and memorable quotes from his top films:

Dead Poets Society (1989) — John Keating 

1. “That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

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

3. “Sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.”

Good Will Hunting (1997) — Sean Maguire 

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

5. “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

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Aladdin (1992) — Genie 

6. “But oh, to be free. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world.”

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) — Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire 

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

robin williams in hook
Robin Williams played Peter Banning in 1991’s Hook. Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Courtesy Everett Collection

Hook (1991) — Peter Banning 

8. “Oh, no. To live… to live would be an awfully big adventure.”

9. “Thank you for believing.”

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The Birdcage (1996) — Armand Goldman 

10. “You do an eclectic celebration of the dance! You do Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna!… but you keep it all inside.”

Jumanji (1995) — Alan Parrish 

11. “The game is not over yet, Sarah!”

Patch Adams (1998) — Patch Adams 

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

13. “What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. 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.”

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Bicentennial Man (1999) — Andrew Martin

14. “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.”

Jack (1996) — Jack Powell

15. “Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did. I made it, Mom. I’m a grown up.”

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