Robin Williams: A tribute

Phindie was saddened to hear about the passing of actor Robin Williams. Henrik Eger contributed this tribute to the comic:

Robin Williams grievingRobin, you threw up wisdom and we laughed and wanted more, aware that your bile was not only brilliant and entertaining, but, strange as it may sound, it nurtured millions of viewers and listeners.

Robin, you doubt-fired and dead-poet societed us, encouraged us to come into our own, “You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.” 

Maybe your gravestone will feature this quote of yours, “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Your works changed mine. 

Or perhaps it will present this encouragement of yours, “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Rest assured, that spark of madness of yours will live on, Robin Williams, in all of us. 

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Henrik Eger

HENRIK EGER, editor of Drama Around the Globe. Bilingual playwright, author of Metronome Ticking. Born and raised in Germany. Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois, Chicago. German translator of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Nobel Peace Prize mail. Producer-director: Multilingual Shakespeare, London. Retired professor of English and Communication who taught in six countries on three continents, including four universities and one college in the U.S. Author of four college text books. Longtime Philadelphia theatre correspondent for AAJT, the world’s largest Jewish theatre website. Articles published in Classical Voice, Los Angeles; Kayhan International, Tehran, Iran; Indian Express, Mumbai, India; The Jewish Forward, New York; Philadelphia Jewish Voice, Phindie, and Broad Street Review, Philadelphia; The Mennonite, Tucson; and New Jersey Stage. Contact: