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187 Inspiring Quotes by Robin Williams

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Robin Williams

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Known for his improvisational skills and the wide variety of characters he created on the spur of the moment and portrayed on film, in dramas and comedies alike, he is often regarded as one of the best comedians of all time. Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the mid-1970s, and rose to fame playing the alien Mork in the ABC sitcom Mork & Mindy (1978–1982).

After his first starring film role in Popeye (1980), Williams starred in several critically and commercially successful films including The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Patch Adams (1998), One Hour Photo (2002), and World's Greatest Dad (2009). He also starred in box office successes such as Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997), and the Night at the Museum trilogy (2006–2014). He was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting. He also received two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.

On August 11, 2014, at age 63, Williams committed suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, California. His widow, Susan Schneider Williams, as well as medical experts and his autopsy, attributed his suicide to his struggle with Lewy body disease.

brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

You're best when you're not in charge. The ego locks the muse.

--Robin Williams

clear blue sea under blue sky

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

--Robin Williams

black mountain under blue sky during night time

In California, we are a sixty percent Hispanic state, we elected an Austrian governor. Even old Nazis are going "That's weird.

--Robin Williams


purple lavender flower

It's been a tough year... Someone said I should send out Buddhist thank-you cards since Buddhists believe that anything that challenges you makes you pull yourself together.

--Robin Williams

common sunflower

Sometimes you have to make a movie to make money.

--Robin Williams


brown and gray mountains during daytime

That's the formaldehyde. That's why Granny's so well-preserved.

--Robin Williams

black mountain under blue sky during night time

The great thing about marriage is the idea of really getting to know someone. And really getting to know a woman is a life long task.

--Robin Williams

pink and orange paints

You've got to be crazy! It's too late to be sane, too late. You've got to go full tilt bozo... ‘Cause you're only given a little spark of madness... and if you lose that, you're nothing.

--Robin Williams

people raises hands

You might say he was one taco short of a combination platter.

--Robin Williams


aerial view of gray building on brown sand

Canada is like a loft apartment over a really great party.

--Robin Williams

orange smoke on blue background

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

--Robin Williams

band performing on stage in front of people

I believe Ronald Reagan can make this country what it once was... a large Arctic region covered with ice.

--Robin Williams

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Three wishes -- no substitutes, exchanges or refunds.

--Robin Williams

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Make your life spectacular, I know I did.

--Robin Williams


mountains covered with fog

If we're going to fight a disease, let's fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.

--Robin Williams

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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.

--Robin Williams

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

--Robin Williams

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Freud: If it's not one thing, it's your mother.

--Robin Williams

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It's always great when you want scientific fact to get a really good science fiction writer to talk to you about it.

--Robin Williams

rainbow desert

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

--Robin Williams

blue sky with stars during night time

I met Jonah Lomu. I never knew how huge he was. I felt like a peasant in a Godzilla movie. 'Quickly! Tell the other villagers! We go now!'

--Robin Williams

aerial photography of forest

If I could light my own farts I could fly to the moon or at least Uranus.

--Robin Williams

orange and white stone fragment

The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, 'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.' She's got a baseball bat and yelling, 'You want a piece of me?'

--Robin Williams

orange petaled flowers

Decaf is like masturbating with an oven mitt!

--Robin Williams

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

The improv, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but when it does, it's like open-field running.

--Robin Williams

Arizona landscape

What's my credibility? Why are they looking to me for advice? Isn't there someone more qualified?

--Robin Williams

Bright orange to dark red gradient

Jamie Kilstein is amazing and I will be spreading the word. He has the spark that energized my conscience. We need more comedians kicking it hard the way he does every night.

--Robin Williams

white snow mountain

There's no question this is where I want to live. Never has been.

--Robin Williams

black textile in close up photography

How much more can you give? Other than, literally, open-heart surgery onstage? Not much. But the only cure you have right now is the honesty of going, this is who you are. I know who I am.

--Robin Williams

white and gray cat

Comedy is acting out optimism.

--Robin Williams

Texas buildings

Ballet: men wearing pants so tight that you can tell what religion they are.

--Robin Williams


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It's hotter than a snake's ass in a wagon rut.

--Robin Williams


rock formation under starry skies

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

--Robin Williams

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My preference is live performance, because you get the feedback. There's an energy. It's live theater. That's why I think actors like that.

--Robin Williams

Longer Version:

My preference is live performance. Because you get the feedback. There's an energy. It's live theater. That's why I think actors like that. You know, musicians need it, comedians definitely need it. It doesn't matter what size and what club, whether it's 30 people in the club or 2,000 in a hall or a theater. It's live, it's symbiotic, you need it.


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I knew Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were really talented. As actors, they were both studly young men, and they had great writers' chops.

--Robin Williams

milky way wallpaper

There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.

--Robin Williams

black wooden louver door window

Golf is a game where white men can dress up as black pimps and get away with it.

--Robin Williams


body of water during daytime

I love to ride my bike, which is great aerobics, but also just a great time for me to think, so it's like this terrific double bill.

--Robin Williams

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As intellectual as we think we are, you still trip, we still have human foibles, sexuality, all the different things to still make you aware of your humanity.

--Robin Williams


pair of white lace-up shoes

You can start any 'Monty Python' routine and people finish it for you. Everyone knows it like shorthand.

--Robin Williams

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It's frightening and exhilarating. It's like combat. Look at the metaphors: You kill when it works; you die when it doesn't.

--Robin Williams



icy mountain scenery

Cocaine for me was a place to hide. Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down. Sometimes it made me paranoid and impotent, but mostly it just made me withdrawn.

--Robin Williams


turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

When in doubt, go for the dick joke.

--Robin Williams


horse

The Second Amendment says we have the right to bear arms, not to bear artillery.

--Robin Williams

fine trees waving

Sometimes it's more noble to tell a small lie than to deliver a painful truth.

--Robin Williams

black bird flying on white background

Winning an Oscar is an honor, but, between you and me, it does not makes things easier.

--Robin Williams



pink flower

You appreciate little things, like walks on the beach with a defibrillator.

--Robin Williams

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A human life is just a heartbeat in heaven.

--Robin Williams

leafless tree

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

--Robin Williams

white and blue ice in water

You have this idea that you'd better keep working otherwise people will forget. And that was dangerous.

--Robin Williams

Longer Version:

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.


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You're still young. Being a true loser takes years of inaptitude.

--Robin Williams

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The 'Aladdin' thing -- that's not work; that's just fun. Three days in the recording studio going mad, then the animators do all the work. Not a bad way to cash a large check, my friend.

--Robin Williams

three clear drinking glasses with brown liquid

I don't do well with snakes and I can't dance.

--Robin Williams

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The Russians love Brooke Shields because her eyebrows remind them of Leonid Brezhnev.

--Robin Williams

blue and white water surface

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.'

--Robin Williams

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

If you're basically having Frosted Flakes, and you're older than ten years old and it's after ten o'clock in the morning… I'm gonna guess: weed may be involved.

--Robin Williams

brown textile

There's a show in America where all these people compete with ferrets, and they don't even do anything. They basically just hold them up, and if they don't bite you, they might win.

--Robin Williams

castle surrounded fog

When I'm riding my bicycle I feel like a Buddhist who is happy just to enjoy his mundane existence.

--Robin Williams

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

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

--Robin Williams

women's black and pink monokini

Canadian money is also called the loony. How can you take an economic crisis seriously?

--Robin Williams

elephant on green grass field during daytime

I was once on a German talk show, and this woman said to me, 'Mr. Williams, why do you think there is not so much comedy in Germany?' And I said, 'Did you ever think you killed all the funny people?'

--Robin Williams

person with black tattoo on left hand

I know size can be daunting but don't be afraid.

--Robin Williams

body of water under blue sky during sunset

I've never had a "hankering" to direct. I can perform, but I can't write on that level. I tend to go off on tangents. Directing also requires a kind of specificity and I don't have it.

--Robin Williams

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When Jonathan Winters died, it was like, 'Oh, man!' I knew he was frail, but I always thought he was going to last longer. I knew him as being really funny, but at the same time, he had a dark side.

--Robin Williams

macro shot photography of two votive candles

There are no rules. Just follow your heart.

--Robin Williams

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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.'

--Robin Williams

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I learned that by being entertaining you make a connection with another person.

--Robin Williams

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

--Robin Williams

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I don't have a college degree, and my father didn't have a college degree, so when my son, Zachary, graduated from college, I said, "My boy's got learnin'!

--Robin Williams

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Good people end up in Hell because they can't forgive themselves.

--Robin Williams


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Montovani? They play Montovani to insomniacs that don't respond to strong drugs.

--Robin Williams

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

Seize the day. Make your life extraordinary.

--Robin Williams

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I was a serious method actor until I visited this site.

--Robin Williams

snow mountains under nightsky

I love kids, but they are a tough audience.

--Robin Williams

sunset

We had gay burglars the other night.
They broke in and rearranged the furniture.

--Robin Williams

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I loved school, maybe too much, really. I was summa cum laude in high school. I was driven that way.

--Robin Williams

white and blue ice in water

I had my back waxed once by two women... and at one point they said, Do you mind if we take a break?

--Robin Williams

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

When the media ask George W. Bush a question, he answers, 'Can I use a lifeline?'

--Robin Williams

multicolored abstract painting

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

--Robin Williams

galaxy wallpaper

My style is bad white-boy dancing. I can do swing a little bit, but nothing beyond that. My solo dancing is sad. I use my arms, badly.

--Robin Williams

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In the dictionary under redundant it says see redundant.

--Robin Williams

person holding white book

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.

--Robin Williams

white snow mountain

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

--Robin Williams


green and white bird on black wire during daytime

She is not perfect. You are not perfect. The question is whether or not you are perfect for each other.

--Robin Williams


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I loved running, but all of a sudden everything hurt so much. I started cycling when Zelda was born.

--Robin Williams

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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.

--Robin Williams




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Sometimes, keeping track of people. It's always a weird combination of worrying so much about the outside world, and not... you have to be more aware of the inner circle, the folks that matter.

--Robin Williams

rock formation surrounding by body of water

I've had a lot of people tell me they watched 'Old Dogs' with their kids and had a good time.

--Robin Williams

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

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

--Robin Williams

Longer Version:

My children give me a great sense of wonder. Just to see them develop into these extraordinary human beings. And a favorite book as a child? Growing up, it was 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' - I would read the whole C.S. Lewis series out loud to my kids. I was once reading to Zelda, and she said 'don't do any voices. Just read it as yourself.' So I did, I just read it straight, and she said 'that's better.'


man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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

red rose

The first time I tried organic wheat bread, I thought I was chewing on roofing material.

--Robin Williams

person standing on top of mountain

I enjoy performing for heavily armed people. It's easier than going to Georgia.

--Robin Williams

green water in close up photography

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.

--Robin Williams

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It never fails -- you get in the bath and there's a rub at the lamp.

--Robin Williams

white flowers

The hurricanes have been getting bigger and bigger. And they usually give them names that don't really inspire fear.

--Robin Williams

man riding on boat on body of water

But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

--Robin Williams

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In America they really do mythologise people when they die.

--Robin Williams

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Carpe per diem. Seize the check.

--Robin Williams

group of people waving their hands

I love running cross country....On a track, I feel like a hamster.

--Robin Williams

Longer Version:

I love running cross-country...You come up a hill and see two deer going, 'What the hell is he doing?' On a track I feel like a hamster.



photo of outer space

Gentiles are people who eat mayonnaise for no reason.

--Robin Williams

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I had to stop drinking alcohol, because I used to wake up nude in front of my car with my keys in my ass.

--Robin Williams

blue and white abstract painting

It is hard to find something where you can go off as much as I do in stand-up, but I think stand-up allows me that freedom where you can really go off and have a good time.

--Robin Williams

snowflake

Why do they call it "rush hour" when nothing moves?

--Robin Williams

blue and white abstract painting

Cross-country running was so beautiful with all the trails and the lake regions ... very physical and also a bit spiritual, where you could come over the mountain and all of a sudden you'd see a Buddhist landscape fog.

--Robin Williams


blue ocean

What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong.

--Robin Williams


sunset

Golf is one of the few sports where a white man can dress like a black pimp and not look bad.

--Robin Williams

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

An alcoholic is someone who can violate his standards faster than he can lower them.

--Robin Williams

purple and black skies

Cocaine is God's way of telling you you are making too much money.

--Robin Williams


sunset

Women are incredibly intuitive. If anybody on the planet is going to evolve to the next level, that telekinetic thing, women will.

--Robin Williams

gray concrete surface

Taking Viagra after open heart surgery is like a Civil War re-enactment with live ammo. Not good.

--Robin Williams

person holding green plant during daytime

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

--Robin Williams


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Sucking the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone.

--Robin Williams

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And some people say Jesus wasn't Jewish. Of COURSE he was Jewish! 30 years old, single, lives with his parents, come on! He works in his father's business, his mom thought he was God's gift, he's Jewish! Give it up!

--Robin Williams


silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy.

--Robin Williams

Longer Version:

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.


sunset

Just now when I said, "I have a crush on you," you didn't say, "no way loser." I'd rather have a lobotomy by a leper. That means something.

--Robin Williams


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Clouds are like boogers hanging on the nostrils of the moon.

--Robin Williams

sunset

If you're that depressed, reach out to someone. And remember, suicide is a permanent solution, to a temporary problem.

--Robin Williams



green and red flowers

Along with the Oscars, the Academy is giving out a green card.

--Robin Williams

fawn pug lying on gray blanket

The only weapon we have is comedy.

--Robin Williams


selective photography of dried leaf

Nobody takes a picture of something they want to forget.

--Robin Williams


sunset over hill

The idea of having a steady job is appealing.

--Robin Williams

forest trees photograph

I think it's great when stories are dark and strange and weirdly personal.

--Robin Williams

sunset

Oh, no. To live... to live would be an awfully big adventure.

--Robin Williams


photography of yellow petaled flowers field

With a bike you go from zero to a hundred in terms of mobility.

--Robin Williams

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

We're not laughing at you -- we're laughing near you.

--Robin Williams

fine trees waving

Being a famous print journalist is like being the best-dressed woman on radio.

--Robin Williams

running white, brown, and black dog

Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?

--Robin Williams

Arizona landscape pines

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

--Robin Williams

fawn pug standing on textile

Keith Richards is the only man who can make the Osbournes look Amish.

--Robin Williams

white flowers

Having George W. Bush giving a lecture on business ethics is like having a leper give you a facial, it just doesn't work!

--Robin Williams

toddlers standing outdoors

Do you get the feeling with Sarah Palin, in high school, she was voted least likely to write a book and most likely to burn one?

--Robin Williams


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I bought one of the first Nintendo systems and brought that home, and we were playing 'Legend of Zelda' at the time, and it was addicting, and I was playing it for hours and hours and hours.

--Robin Williams


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You know the difference between a tornado and divorce in the south? Nothing! Someone is losing a trailer.

--Robin Williams

red rose

Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let's Party!'.

--Robin Williams

purple petaled flower

Never go to Pluto, it's a Mickey Mouse planet.

--Robin Williams

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

I'm a very tolerant man, except when it comes to holding a grudge.

--Robin Williams

mountain dew during sunrise

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

--Robin Williams

body of water under clear blue sky painting

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

--Robin Williams


woman standing on beachfront

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

--Robin Williams

black mountain under blue sky during night time

I have my morning coffee for two reasons. One, to kick start my brain, but number two, and more importantly, to jump start my colon.

--Robin Williams

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

People say satire is dead. It's not dead; it's alive and living in the White House.

--Robin Williams

flowers beside yellow wall

Explore an idea until you've exhausted it, really go to all the different parameters of it.

--Robin Williams

yellow and red color textile

A woman would never make a nuclear bomb. They would never make a weapon that kills, no, no. They'd make a weapon that makes you feel bad for a while.

--Robin Williams

Longer Version:

A woman wouldn't make a bomb that kills you. A woman would make a bomb that makes you feel bad for a while. That's why there should be a woman President. There'd never be any wars, just every twenty-eight days there'd be very intense negotiations.


silhouette of off-road car

Sometimes with a comedy it's just having the instinct of how real you play it and what level you want it.

--Robin Williams

person holding white book

I have an idea for a movie called 'The Walken Dead' which is about a town where, instead of zombies, everyone becomes Chris Walken.

--Robin Williams


withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.

--Robin Williams

blue sky and white clouds

I think 'Dead Poets' was probably my favorite, just to get started with the idea of doing a movie that people treated as more than a movie.

--Robin Williams

rainbow desert

I have a difficult time doing an Irish accent; even now, it kind of fades slowly into Scottish.

--Robin Williams

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Women! Can't live with 'em, can't live with 'em!

--Robin Williams


white and black boat on sea during daytime

Cricket is basically baseball on valium.

--Robin Williams

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