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- How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
- Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton (Act 1, first song)
- There's a million things I haven't done, but just you wait!
- Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton (Act 1, first song)
- I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot!
- Alexander Hamilton, My Shot
- Oui, oui, mon ami! Je m'appelle Lafayette! The Lancelot of the Revolutionary Set! I came from afar just to say bonsoir to the King, casse toi. Who's the best? C'est moi!
- Oceans rise, empires fall. We have seen each other through it all. And when push comes to shove, I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love!
- King George III, You'll Be Back (Act 1, seventh song)
- I know my sister like I know my own mind, you will never find anyone as trusting or as kind. If I tell her that I love him she'd be silently resigned, he'd be mine. She would say "I'm fine." She'd be lying. But when I fantasize at night, it's Alexander's eyes, as I romanticize what might have been if I hadn't sized him up so quickly.
- Angelica Schuyler, Satisfied (Act 1, eleventh song)
- If we assume the debts, the union gets new line of credit, a financial diuretic. How do you not get it? If we're aggressive and competitive the union gets a boost. You'd rather give it a sedative? A civics lesson from a slaver. Hey neighbor, your debts are paid 'cause you don't pay for labor.
- Alexander Hamilton, Cabinet Battle #1 (Act 2, second song)
- Two Virginians and an immigrant walk into a room. Diametric'ly opposed, foes. They emerge with a compromise, having opened doors that were previously closed, bros. The immigrant emerges with unprecedented financial power, a system he can shape however he wants. The Virginians emerge with the nation's capital. And here's the pièce de résistance: No one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. . . .
- Aaron Burr, The Room Where It Happens (Act 2, fifth song)
- You told the whole world how you brought this girl into our bed. In clearing your name, you have ruined our lives. . . . I'm burning the memories, burning the letters that might have redeemed you. . . . You forfeit the place in our bed. You sleep in your office instead, with only the memories of when you were mine. I hope that you burn.
- Eliza Hamilton, Burn (Act 2, fifteenth song)
- America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me. You let me make a difference. A place where even orphan immigrants can leave their fingerprints and rise up.
- Alexander Hamilton, The World Was Wide Enough (Act 2, twenty-second song)
- When Alexander aimed at the sky, he may have been the first one to die, but I'm the one who paid for it. I survived, but I paid for it. Now I'm the villain in your history. I was too young and blind to see . . . I should've known the world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me.
- Aaron Burr, The World Was Wide Enough (Act 2, twenty-second song)
- He took our country from bankruptcy to prosperity. I hate to admit it, but he doesn't get enough credit for all the credit he gave us.
- President James Madison, Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story (Act 2, twenty-third song / final song of the musical)
- The Lord, in His kindness, He gives me what you always wanted. He gives me more - time. . . . I speak out against slavery. You could have done so much more if you only had - time. . . . I establish the first private orphanage in New York City. . . . I help to raise hundreds of children. . . . In their eyes I see you, Alexander. I see you every - time.
- Eliza Hamilton, Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story (Act 2, twenty-third song / final song of the musical)
Quotes about Hamilton
- This is a story about America then, told by America now.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, as quoted in "How Lin-Manuel Miranda Shapes History: Works of art have long informed how people understand the past, and Hamilton is no exception." The Atlantic. September 29, 2015.
- [I]n the Hamilton that Lin-Manuel and his incredible cast and crew bring to life . . . we recognize the improbable story of America, and the spirit that has sustained our nation for over 240 years. And in this telling, rap is the language of revolution. Hip-hop is the backbeat. In each brilliantly crafted song . . . we hear the debates that are still shaping our nation. . . . [W]ith a cast as diverse as America itself, including the outstandingly talented women, the show reminds us that this nation . . . is an inheritance that belongs to all of us.
- US President Barack Obama, "Remarks by the President at 'Hamilton at the White House'" March 14, 2016. (Press release, Office of the White House Press Secretary). Obama White House archives.
- [On May 12, 2009 Miranda performed Alexander Hamilton - now the first song in the Hamilton musical - at the White House.] That night, Lin reintroduced people to the poor kid from the Caribbean who made the country rich and strong, an immigrant who came here to build a life for himself and ended up helping to build the nation. He is the prototype for millions of men and women who followed him, and continue to arrive today.
Main actors and characters (Broadway and film)
- Lin-Manuel Miranda - Alexander Hamilton
- Phillipa Soo - Eliza Hamilton
- Leslie Odom Jr. - Aaron Burr
- Renée Elise Goldsberry - Angelica Schuyler
- Daveed Diggs - Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson
- Christopher Jackson - George Washington
- Okieriete Onaodowan - Hercules Mulligan and James Madison
- Jasmine Cephas Jones - Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds
- Anthony Ramos - John Laurens and Philip Hamilton
- Jonathan Groff - King George III