Not quite a full year after his death, it's still tough to think that the legendary Robin Williams is gone. The very idea that the man who made us all smile by emerging from magical lamps, by slapping on grandma makeup to spend time with his kids, by drawing emotional courage out of a troubled inner-city genius… the idea that he's no longer with us is still painful to grapple with.
Williams is particularly on the mind today (July 21) because if he was still with us, he would be celebrating his 64th birthday. But even though he's gone, his legacy endures, and never fails to put a smile on our faces.
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute."
"We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race."
"Phenomenal. Cosmic. POWERS!"
"I… am… job."
"I. AM. JOB."
"Life is fleeting…"
"And if you're ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day, make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did."
"I'm made of wax, Larry…"
"…what are YOU made of?"
"There's no reality…"
"…it's just an illusion!"
"…the game thinks I rolled."
"It was a run-by-fruiting!"
"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."
"To be my own master…"
"Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world!"
"All you have to do is think one happy thought…"
"…and you'll fly like me."