The Profound Quotes From Robin Williams That Helped Shape Our Generation

As we just reported, the iconic and lovable Robin Williams was found dead in his California home at the age of 63.

The actor was struggling with drugs and depression and was no stranger to the darker parts of life; these things all perfectly articulated through the variety of roles he undertook in his career that inspired and changed us all.

While he was made famous for his roles in “Patch Adams,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Jack” and “Aladdin,” he had a surprisingly deep, dark and profound side… as most great comedians do.

Starring in roles, such as “The Dead Poets Society,” “Good Will Hunting” and “What Dreams May Come,” he not only alluded to the idea that he was a master philosopher, but changed all of our former conceptions of him as just America’s favorite funny man.

Because only a true philosopher can pull off both slapstick humor and profound depth.

He will be sorely missed for the light humor and deep philosophical lessons he imparted on Millennials and the rest of the world alike.

Here’s a list of the most insightful and beautiful quotes from the late actor who so tragically left this earth far too young. You will be missed Robin Williams.

There’s nothing wrong with being alone

I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone.

Learn to forgive yourself, not just others

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

It’s OK to be crazy

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

The modern man has real struggles

See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.

Pick your battles wisely

Never fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.

The gun debate is not a debate

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

Even God supports weed legalization

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

The hook-up culture is very real

Ah, yes, divorce… from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.

Never stop reaching for greatness

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

 Surround yourself with the right people

When you have a great audience, you can just keep going and finding new things.

All marriage, gay or straight, is the same

You could talk about same-sex marriage, but people who have been married say ‘It’s the same sex all the time.

You can’t appreciate the good until you’ve felt the bad

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

Women deserve to rule the world

A nuclear bomb is a man’s way of saying, ‘I’m gonna fuck up the earth.’ A woman would never make a nuclear bomb. They would never make a weapon that kills. They’d make a weapon that makes you feel bad for a while… That’s why there should be a woman president, there would never be any wars. You know this, it’s the truth. There would never be a war; just every twenty-eight days: some severe negotiations.

When you think about death and the after-life

Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘your table is ready.’

Music, like food, is necessary for survival

You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.

There’s no such thing as a perfect person

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

Selfies are pretty narcissistic

Nobody takes a picture of something they want to forget.

Everyone has a purpose, every action has a meaning

I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.

 Photo Courtesy: Buena Vista Pictures/Dead Poets Society

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