Lin Manuel Miranda is probably the hottest name on Broadway right now, and one of the most famous people in the country. His musical, Hamilton, which tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, has been wildly popular since its debut. I, unfortunately, have never seen the show, but I know every single word of every single song by heart and some day, would love to see the show live. Because I'm so obsessed with Hamilton, I've been watching a lot of interviews with Lin and I think he's a really amazing writer. His attention to detail and the way he can mash words together is something that most writers only dream of achieving. He is truly one of the greatest writers of all time, in my opinion. So, to honor him, here are some quotes of his I find most moving.
"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."
"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?'"
"In 'Hamilton,' we're telling the stories of old, dead white men, but we're using actors of color, and that makes the story more immediate and more accessible to a contemporary audience."
"History is so subjective. The teller of it determines it."
"The musicals that leave us kind of staggering on our feet are the ones that really reach for a lot."
"In the best works of fiction, there's no mustache-twirling villain. I try to write shows where even the bad guy's got his reasons."
"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."
"What 'Twilight Zone' did was show we all have a great capacity for good and evil."
"The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter; that's proven."
"You know what's a great way of tricking people into thinking you're a genius? Write a show about geniuses!"
“You are perfectly cast in your life. I can't imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play.”