Life lessons Robin Williams taught the 80s and 90s kids
Robin Williams, the man who made a difference in many 80s and 90s kids’ lives through his movies , has passed in an apparent suicide.
Publicist Mara Buxbaum released a statement after his death. She told The Hollywood Reporter: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
His wife, Susan Schneider, said: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
We recognize Williams as the incredible comedian, but we’ve never really celebrate the man as an inspiration. As we mourn the loss of one of the world’s greatest actors, here are the five quotes from his movies that those born in the 80s and early 90s will remember him by.
“Crying never helped anybody do anything, okay? You have a problem, you face it like a man.”
In a scene in Jumanji, his character Alan Parrish tried to console and cheer up Peter, the little boy caught in the whole chaos that magical board had brought. If you were brought up in the 80s, this was how boys were expected to deal with problems at the playground, in and outside school. And we survived the cuts and bruises.
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Williams played John Keating in Dead Poet Society – the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. In the 80s, Windows 3.1 reigned supreme, Apple was a fruit and Mark Zuckerberg’s parents tried teaching him to never reveal where you live to strangers, talk to or befriend them. Here we have Robin Williams telling us to believe.
And we did. John Keating was the best English teacher that taught poetry on screen, because it was really Robin Williams. We also half-wished our teacher in school would tell us to rip a book out.
“It’s not your fault.”
This is one of the best life lessons from Sean Maguire (Williams’ character). Sometimes, some days, we meet others who face situations we never thought could happen to anyone. But it happened to them. And sometimes, all we can do is to say “it’s not your fault.”
“You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you’ve met, she’s not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.”
We all have that movie that taught us a life lesson. Good Will Hunting taught us many. One of it is love. It’s a lesson we’ll forget, and remember when we learn it the hard way.
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“Thank you for being someone I was always proud to be with.”
Thank you, Robin Williams. You’ll be missed.