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A farewell to Robin Williams Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Vocabulary

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In the early nineties, one of our most favorite movies was “Dead poets’ society” (“Ο Κύκλος των Χαμένων Ποιητών”, o kiklos ton hamenon peeeeton) . Tears were dropped, long discussions were made and a new perspective on life was surfaced. John Keating was the inspirational teacher all Greek students wanted to have at school and Robin Williams was strongly identified with his role.
Twenty-four years later, we are all shocked by the news: in August 11 Robin Williams has moved to Eternity. As a former teenager, I feel that a part of my life has followed him.
As a tribute, below there’s a list of five Robin Williams movie quotes translated in Greek.

1. World’s Greatest Dad,2009:
“Remember, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem”
«Να θυμάστε, η αυτοκτονία είναι μια μόνιμη λύση σε προσωρινά προβλήματα».
Na thimaste, ee aftoktonia ine mia monimi lisi se prosorina provlimata.

2. Good Will Hunting, 1997:
“Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.”
“Για να καταλάβεις την έννοια της πραγματικής απώλειας θα πρέπει να αγαπήσεις κάτι περισσότερο από τον εαυτό σου.
Gia na katalaveis tin enia tis pragmatikis apolias tha prepei na agapiseis kati perisotero apo ton eafto sou.

3. Hook, 1991:
“Jack, Maggie, all you have to do is think one happy thought, and you’ll fly like me.”
“Τζακ, Μάγκι, το μόνο που έχετε να κάνετε είναι να σκεφτείτε κάτι ευχάριστο και θα πετάξετε σαν εμένα.”
Jack, Maggie, to mono pou ehete na kanete ine na skeftite kati efharisto kai tha petaxete san emena.

4. Dead Poets Society, 1989:

“Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”
«Carpe diem, αρπάξτε τη μέρα, παιδιά, κάντε τις ζωές σας εξαιρετικές.»
Carpe diem, arpaxte ti mera paidia, kante tis zoes sas exeretikes.

5. Patch Adams, (1998):
“The most radical act anyone can commit is to be happy.”
Η πιο ριζοσπαστική πράξη που μπορεί να κάνει κανείς είναι να είναι ευτυχισμένος.
Ee pio rizospastiki praxi poy borei na kanei kaneis ine na eine eftihismenos.



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About the Author: Ourania

Ourania lives in Athens. She holds a degree in French Literature and a Master’s degree in Special Education for Children. Since 2008, she has been teaching Greek to foreigners.


  1. Susan:

    I had a Greek friend I met online and one thing we did together was watch Robin Williams stand up comedy or movies. Can’t watch his movies now without thinking of my friend, even if we do not talk any longer. Such a loss to the world.