It’s been a year since Robin Williams died, and it was a shocking bit of news for a man so greatly remembered for his comedic genius.
Whether as a stand-up comedian or an actor, Williams had an undoubtable knack for making us laugh until we cried. From his breakout role as Mork from Ork on Mork & Mindy to his later iconic roles as Mrs. Doubtfire and the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, Williams is remembered as a master of impressions and hilarity.
“I don’t know how much value I have in this universe, but I do know that I’ve made a few people happier than they would have been without me, and as long as I know that, I’m as rich as I ever need to be.”
Here are 10 other (family friendly) quotes from the comedian.
1. “Sometimes you got to specifically go out of your way to get into trouble. It’s called fun.”
This might as well be Williams’ mantra, as this clip from Good Morning Vietnam illustrates.
2. “Never fight with an ugly person. They’ve got nothing to lose.”
True in pretty much every aspect of life.
3. “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.”
Williams was married three times. And, only he could manage to make divorce sound funny.
4. “We’ve had cloning in the South for years. It’s called cousins.”
Ouch. Funny, but ouch.
5. “I’m looking at a group of heavily armed people here. I’m telling myself ‘If you’re not funny, it’s a problem.’”
The comedian routinely entertained the troops. Even when he was addressing men and women just feet away from harm’s way, he was able to make his audience laugh.
6. “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?’”
Williams didn’t pull punches when it came to political correctness.
7. “Politics: ‘Poli’ a Latin word meaning ‘many’; and ‘tics’ meaning ‘bloodsucking creatures.’”
Even politicians weren’t immune to Williams’ humor.
8. “People say satire is dead. It’s not dead; it’s alive and living in the White House.”
9. “Yo, Rugman! Haven’t seen you in a few millennia. Give me some tassel.”
Williams introduced himself to a new generation of fans when he starred in 1992’s Aladdin. His portrayal of the Genie will go down as one of the best comedic performances in any Disney movie.
10. “Well, time flies, and now I’m going to go browse through the Library at Alexandria … check up on Columbus before he got to Ohio … give Freud a piece of my mind and say, “Oedipus Schmedipus!’”
Williams delighted in one of his lesser known roles as The Timekeeper in a former Walt Disney World attraction named after his character.
If nothing else, these roles show that even after his tragic death, Williams continues to make audiences smile. And laugh.