Robin Williams died Monday night, leaving lasting films like “Good Morning Vietnam, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Aladdin.”
The response to his death has been overwhelming.
James Lipton, the great interviewer of actors, said that Williams was one of a kind.
“His gift was the most mysterious of all gifts,” Lipton said. “It was genius. Genius is inexplicable. … You can teach craft. You can teach technique. You can’t teach genius.”
See inside the mind of a genius through his own words. Here are a dozen of Williams’ most inspirational quotes.
On his favorite impersonation
“Oh my god, Jack Nicholson. He once was with me at a benefit and leaned over and said ‘even oysters have enemies.’ In a very intense voice. I responded with, ‘Increase your dosage.’
“Dana Carvey does my personal favorite impression of myself. It’s accurate. And kind.”
“My children give me a great sense of wonder. Just to see them develop into these extraordinary human beings. And a favorite book as a child? Growing up, it was ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe‘ — I would read the whole C.S. Lewis series out loud to my kids. I was once reading to Zelda, and she said ‘don’t do any voices. Just read it as yourself.’ So I did, I just read it straight, and she said ‘that’s better.'”
On raising kids
“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?'”