you shined a fiery light upon a world that desperately needed it. You made us laugh out loud and you made us weep, as you so effortlessly displayed the essence of human nature on- and off-screen. Thanks for inspiring an entire generation to “seize the day” and “live extraordinary lives.” You taught us that truly living meant loving someone more than yourself, and reminded us that words and ideas can echo for an eternity. For that, you will live on forever in our hearts. Thank you for gracing us with your unbelievable talent and overwhelming kindness. Rest in peace.
“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. 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. To quote from Whitman: ‘O me, o life of the questions of these recurring, of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these, o me, o life?’ Answer: that you are here. That life exists, and identity. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” - Robin Williams