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Robin Williams Quotes That Will Stay With Us

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It was with heavy hearts that we received the news of Robin Williams' death. While the many, many performances, interviews and memories of Williams could fill a lifetime and more with joy and laughter, his death will always feel too soon. However, we must preserve the smiles he has given us, and learn to live a lighter, happier and more loving life through his words. Ahead, 14 of the best Robin Williams quotes that will stay with us for a long time.

  • "You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."
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  • "When you have a great audience, you can just keep going and finding new things."
    NBC
  • "Do you think God gets stoned? I think so ... look at the platypus."
    Jim Britt/Disney ABC Television Group
  • "See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time."
    Disney ABC Television Group
  • "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."
    Disney ABC Television Group
  • On acting: "All the new people you meet, it's pretty amazing. The vampire needs new blood. And there is still a lot to learn and there is always great stuff out there. Even mistakes can be wonderful."
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  • "Everyone has these two visions when they hold their child for the first time. The first is your child as an adult saying 'I want to thank the Nobel Committee for this award.' The other is 'You want fries with that?'"
    The LIFE Picture Collection
  • "You could talk about same-sex marriage, but people who have been married say ‘It’s the same sex all the time.'"
    Disney ABC Television Group
  • "When in doubt, go for the dick joke."
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  • "Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, 'Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding'."
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  • On his mentor, Jonathan Winters: "Jonathan taught me that the world is open for play, that everything and everybody is mockable, in a wonderful way."
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  • "Never fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose."
    Archive Photos
  • "I love kids, but they are a tough audience."
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  • "Comedy is acting out optimism."
    Ron Galella

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