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Robin Williams will forever be remembered for his comedic genius. But, among his more memorable quotes are poignant reminders that comedy is a powerful device for dealing with the world around us.

While a funny man to the core, Williams could often deliver a line that would make audiences think, not just laugh.

“Life’s a tragedy to those who feel and a comedy to those that think. So it can be curse in that you find something funny in even the darkest thing.”

To remember Williams a year after his death, here are five more quotes from the comedian himself (or in character) that will restore your faith in humanity.


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

Williams portrayed a doctor in the 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama “Patch Adams.” Despite poor reviews, Williams turned in one of his more memorable performances and highlighted that laughter is sometimes the best medicine.

2. “To be acknowledged for who and what I am, no more, no less. Not for acclaim, not for approval, but, the simple truth of that recognition.” 

He went on to say: “This has been the elemental drive of my existence, and it must be achieved, if I am to live or die with dignity.” Williams played a robot in the 1999 dramedy Bicentennial Man, based on the novel The Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg.

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

In 2009, Williams played Lance Clayton in “World’s Greatest Dad.” The above quote illustrates the importance of choosing friendships wisely.

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

It’s ironic in a way to read this quote in light of Williams’ suicide. Think of how much more enjoyable life would be if more people took this advice to heart.

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

Williams is best known for a couple of great dramatic roles: Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting. The above quote from Good Will Hunting is very much relevant to everyday life.

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