I've paid homage to comedians on this site several times because comedy is a powerful form of philosophy. In fact, by far the most viewed post on this blog is The Philosophy of George Carlin, which I published 6 years ago when he died.
Robin Williams, another brilliant human being lost too soon, is another example of a comedian (and actor) who made us think. How many artists would have the combination of courage, intellect and wit to name their album, Reality...What A Concept?
Humor is an effective tool for reflecting upon the folly of conventional wisdom; entertainment provides quicker access to truth than seriousness because it disarms the audience and allows for the truth to present itself in a more subtle way. Therefore comedy can be considered a form of philosophy and comedians can be considered philosophers.
With that, I leave you with some of Robin's own words:
Robin Williams Quotes
You will have bad times but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren't paying attention to.
Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?
What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong.
Never pick a fight with an ugly person. They've got nothing to lose.
We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.
Okra is the closest thing to nylon I've ever eaten. It's like they bred cotton with a green bean. Okra, tastes like snot. The more you cook it, the more it turns into string.
The second amendment says we have the right to bear arms, not to bear artillary.
If it's the psychic network, why do they need a phone number?
I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you.
But only in their dreams can men be truly free. It was always thus and always thus will be.
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
There is still a lot to learn and there is always great stuff out there. Even mistakes can be wonderful.
Thank you Mr. Williams. I am comforted by the thought that anyone who is remembered never really leaves us...