Ten Hamilton Quotes
“ What (you might be asking) can a Broadway musical possibly add to the legacy of a Founding Father–a giant of our national life, a war hero, a scholar, a statesman? What’s one little play, or even one very big play, next to all that?
But there is more than one way to change the world. To secure their freedom, the polyglot American colonists had to come together, and stick together, in the face of enormous adversity. To live in a new way, they first had to think and feel in a new way. It took guns and ships to win the American Revolution, but it also required pamphlets and speeches–and at least one play.” Jeremy McCarter, Hamilton -The Revolution
Watching Hamilton from my bedroom during a pandemic was very different than seeing it on Broadway. Broadway will remain closed for the rest of the year. I can’t imagine what my mother who went to the theatre six nights a week after her kids grew up, would have done during this. She loved to be in the “room where it happened” and passed that love on to her family. She certainly would have been enjoying all the “live theatre” on TV and would have loved this production.
Hamilton was as innovative as it was traditional. It wasn’t a reinvention but a reminder of the character of the American people. It is a work that celebrates patriotism and diversity. Right now pride in America and optimism is at an all time low. When the world has turned upside down, you have to figure out what comes next. “Who will tell our story?”
Here are ten life quotes from Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda.
“Talk less. Smile more.”
“I’m not throwing away my shot.”
“How on earth did you do that with the same 24 hours a day that everyone else gets?”
“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see”
“I’ll make the world safe and sound for you. You will come of age with our young nation. We’ll bleed and fight for you, we’ll make it right for you. If we lay a strong enough foundation, we’ll pass it on to you. We’ll give the world to you.”
“We’re immigrants. We get the job done”
“Change requires hope.”
“We push away what we can never understand. We push away the unimaginable.”
“I stop wasting time on tears. I live another fifty years. It’s not enough!”
“You have no control. Who lives, who dies, who tells your story.”