The Wisdom of a Great Man – Andy Peloquin

Andy Peloquin

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The Wisdom of a Great Man

In light of the recent passing of Robin Williams, I’d like to dedicate this post to his memory.

Robin Williams was more than just an actor, but everyone who knew him said he was a great man. I looked forward to every movie he filmed, and his short-lived CBS show The Crazy Ones was one of my favorite of the year. I still find myself laughing my rear off every time I see Flubber.

There have been hundreds of posts, Tweets, and messages talking about him as an actor and as a man, so I don’t need to go into detail. Instead, I’m going to post a few of my favorite wisdoms of this great human being:

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

“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?”.”

“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.”

“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.”

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

“Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.”

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone.”

Quotes from his movies:

“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.”

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.”

To the man who has made the world laugh, may you find peace.


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  1. I look at how much Williams contributed to the world in his career, yet he had his reasons to stop. If I compared Williams’ with what little others and I have contributed, I wonder why any of us continue on. Perhaps if we add together all the smaller contributions, we might justify it. Williams was such a creative powerhouse and he’s greatly missed.

  2. Bithia Sherman

    Thank you for the laughter, it lessens the tears.

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