36 Inspiring Lin Manuel Miranda Quotes on Life

Birth: January 16, 1980, Washington Heights, New York, USA

Short Biography

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a famous actor, performer and writer known for his groundbreaking Broadway musicals 'Hamilton' and 'In the Heights'. He developed a devotion to musical theater and hip-hop before attending Wesleyan University. He wrote and starred in the Tony-winning 2008 musical In the Heights before working on additional Broadway productions and making screen appearances.

Inspired by reading Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton, Miranda eventually developed the musical Hamilton, a groundbreaking work that tells the story of the U.S. Founding Father with hip-hop/R&B musical forms and a black and Latino cast.

With Miranda in the titular role, the production was a phenomenal success commercially and critically, winning the Pulitzer Prize and 11 Tony Awards in 2016. Miranda also scored a Grammy Award and an Oscar nomination for composing the song "How Far I'll Go" from the 2016 animated film Moana and starred in 2018's Mary Poppins Returns.

Quotes by Lin-Manuel Miranda

“I know my sister like I know my own mind, you will never find anyone as trusting or as kind.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
What 'Twilight Zone' did was show we all have a great capacity for good and evil.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
Sometimes a line enters your head, and you're so grateful for it. You go online to check to see if anyone wrote it before you. You must have stolen it.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
I can't say I have enough experience with Hollywood to feel that I've encountered racism there. I can tell you that I did about five fruitless years of auditioning for voiceovers where I did variations on tacos and Latin accents, and my first screen role was as a bellhop on 'The Sopranos.'” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Legacy. What is a Legacy? It's planting seeds in a garden you never get to see” /Lin-Manuel Miranda

My only responsibility as a playwright and a storyteller is to give you the time of your life in the theatre. I just happen to think that with Hamilton's story, sticking close to the facts helps me. All the most interesting things in the show happened.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
I couldn't possibly write 'Next to Normal,' but God, I can weep and watch 'Next to Normal' five times.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter; that's proven.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
“I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable. I am an original” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
There's been lots of theater that uses hip-hop in it, but more often than not, it's used as a joke - isn't it hilarious that these characters are rapping. I treat it as a musical form, and a musical form that allows you to pack in a ton of lyric.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda

Anytime you write something, you go through so many phases. You go through the 'I'm a Fraud' phase. You go through the 'I'll Never Finish' phase. And every once in a while you think, 'What if I actually have created what I set out to create, and it's received as such?'” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
The musicals that leave us kind of staggering on our feet are the ones that really reach for a lot.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
“On opening night, standing under the Rogers's marquee, [Lin] realized that if Eliza's struggle was the element of Hamilton's story that had inspired him the most, then the show itself was a part of her legacy.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
“When my prayers to God were met with indifference, I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Love is love is love is love is love.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda

“The Hulk before intermission, Bruce Banner after it.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
“You cannot let all the world's tragedies into your heart. You'll drown. But the ones you do let in should count. Let them manifest action.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
“You are perfectly cast in your life. I can't imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
“My wife's the reason anything gets done, she nudges me towards promise by degrees. She is a perfect symphony of one our son is her most beautiful reprise. We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they're finished songs and start to play. When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised--not one day. This show is proof that history remembers. We live in times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers--remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa's symphony. Eliza tells her story. Now, fill the world with music, love, and pride.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
I made a movie when I was 15 years old with all my friends. This is when IMDb was a little more lax with its proceedings, so it's listed as one of my projects. I was 15 years old; it's a terrible movie. I wrote 50 percent of it because I wanted to kiss this one girl, and I wrote a kissing scene for it.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda

I like the quiet it takes to pursue an idea the way I pursued 'Hamilton,' but I couldn't write a book, because there's no applause at the end of writing a book.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
The only other thing that's like video games for me is watching tennis on TV. I can have it on, and there's a rhythmic quality to it - I can be watching Wimbledon or the U.S. Open and still be working.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
I always had an eye toward the stage for the story of Hamilton's life, but I began with the idea of a concept album, the way Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Evita' and 'Jesus Christ Superstar' were albums before they were musicals.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
Biggie and Big Pun were the best storytellers of the '90s. I would get wrapped up in the narrative of what they were talking about.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
If there is a Busta Rhymes of musical theater, it probably is Mandy Patinkin.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda

One of my first favorite books was 'The 12 Days of Christmas,' and I would just go up to people and say, 'I can sing 'The 12 Days of Christmas,' and I would make them sit through me reciting it, and I'd go all the way, each time. I've always hooked into lyrics.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
What I learned from my go-round with 'In the Heights' is that it's tough to make a movie. In Hollywood, even the people in charge have people in charge.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda
When I was asked to do a song from 'In the Heights' at the White House in 2009, I chose instead to do 'Alexander Hamilton' because I felt like I was meeting a moment.” /Lin-Manuel Miranda