Robin Williams: Memorable quotes from life and film

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

Robin Williams, the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced, Academy Award-winning actor has died aged 63. His genius will be remembered for many years to come. Here are some of his best quotes in real life and from his films.

Quotes in real life and stand up comedy:

Accepting Good Will Hunting Oscar : “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.”

“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”


“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.”

“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?”.”

(On his acting career) “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.”

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

Quotes from films:

Good Morning Vietnam: "Goooooooood morning Vietnam! It's 0600 hours. What does the 'O' stand for? O my God, it's early!

Dead Poets Society : “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for”

Mrs Doubtfire: “My first day as a woman and I’m getting hot flashes.”

Good Will Hunting:“You don’t know about real loss because it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much.” :

Mork and Mindy: Holly: Why are you doing that? [placing hand on forehead] Mork: Well, Eugene said you were hot stuff, you’re actually only 98.4.