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Robin Williams Would've Turned 69 This Week. Here Are Some Of His Most Powerful Quotes

Robin Williams Would've Turned 69 This Week. Here Are Some Of His Most Powerful Quotes

Had he been alive, the actor would have turned 69 this year. May your soul rest in peace.

Image source: (Robin Williams in Weapons of Self Destruction/IMDB)

The saying "gone, but never forgotten" is actually true when it comes to the actor who charmed the world, Robin Williams. It's been six years since Williams bid farewell but memories of him are still afresh in the minds of those who love him. On Tuesday, the star who made the whole world smile would have turned 69. People took the opportunity to share some of their fondest memories of the actor to mark the occasion.

 



 

 

In 2014, the world came to a standstill when they heard of his death. News of Robin Williams's suicide was as devastating as it was unbelievable. All people saw was the charming smile on his face, but people failed to notice there was no light in his eyes anymore.

No one knew that Williams was in a tough place, both professionally and personally. Towards the end of 2013, Williams' health began to decline. He couldn't eat, he couldn't sleep. He had a lot of bowel-related problems.  In May 2014, he had been told that he had Parkinson’s disease. Shortly after, he began to experience tremors in his left arm. He also experienced symptoms of cogwheel rigidity, where the limb would inexplicably stop itself at certain fixed points in its range of motion. His voice had diminished, his posture was stooped, and at times, he simply seemed to freeze where he stood.

 



 

 

The worst part of it all was the fact that he was misdiagnosed. It was only after his death that an autopsy revealed he actually had Lewy body dementia, an aggressive and incurable brain disorder with an associated risk of suicide.The comedian's widow, Susan Schneider Williams, has said her husband fought to hold back the effects of the disease. "People with LBD who are highly intelligent may appear to be okay for longer initially, but then, it is as though the dam suddenly breaks and they cannot hold it back anymore," she wrote, in a 2016 article for the medical journal Neurology, called The Terrorist Inside My Husband's Head. "In Robin's case, on top of being a genius, he was a Julliard-trained actor. I will never know the true depth of his suffering, nor just how hard he was fighting. But from where I stood, I saw the bravest man in the world playing the hardest role of his life."

 



 

 

Even though he's no longer with us, people still remember him through some of his most powerful quotes:

1. "There is still a lot to learn and there is always great stuff out there."

2. "You don’t know about real loss because it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself."

 



 

 

3. "You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe."

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

 



 

 

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

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

 



 

 

7. "Please, don’t worry so much… Because in the end none of us have very long on this earth."

8. "We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race."

 



 

 

9. "I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself."

10. "I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy."

 



 

 

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

12. “I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone."

 



 

 

13. "If you're that depressed, reach out to someone. And remember, suicide is a permanent solution, to a temporary problem."

14.  "Don't associate yourself with toxic people. It's better to be alone and love yourself than surrounded by people that make you hate yourself."

15. “You can do anything you want. You are bound by nothing.”

 



 

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