Who is Lin Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda, (born January 16, 1980, New York, New York, U.S.), American actor, composer, lyricist, and writer who created and starred in stage productions that blended modern musical forms with classic musical theatre. Perhaps his best-known work was Hamilton, a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton.
Miranda was born to parents of Puerto Rican origin and grew up in a Hispanic neighbourhood in northern Manhattan. His father was a political consultant to several New York City mayors, and his mother was a psychologist. His childhood home was filled with the sounds of salsa and show tunes. Miranda saw his first Broadway musical, Les Misérables, at the age of seven, and it made a lasting impression on him. His tastes also ran to hip-hop and R&B, and he became a proficient rapper. In high school he won the lead role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and became a fixture in the school’s drama program. During that time he met Stephen Sondheim, who later became a mentor to Miranda, along with fellow musical-theatre legend John Kander. Miranda studied theatre at Wesleyan University, where he continued to perform in musicals and to write his own songs and shows. It was there that he penned the first draft of the musical In the Heights, which was set in Washington Heights, a northern Manhattan neighbourhood similar to that of his own childhood.
Lin Manuel Miranda Quotes
1. I am the one thing in life I can control.
2. Death doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints, it takes and it takes and it takes, and we keep living anyway….
3. You have no control. Who lives, who dies, who tells your story.
4. I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory
5. Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.
6. You are perfectly cast in your life. I can’t imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play.
7. Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
There’s a million things I haven’t done but just you wait.
Just you wait.
9. I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable; I am an original. I’m not falling behind or running late. I’m not standing still: I am lying in wait.
10. 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.
11. I know my sister like I know my own mind, you will never find anyone as trusting or as kind.
12. Why do you write like you’re running out of time?
You and your words flooded my senses, your sentences left me defenseless. You built me palaces out of paragraphs, you built cathedrals.
14. How on Earth did you do that with the same 24 hours a day that everyone else gets?
15. To engender empathy and create a world using only words is the closest thing we have to magic.
16. Raise a glass to freedom
Something they can never take away
No matter what they tell you
17. You’ll be back like before. I will fight the fight and win the war for your love, for your praise, and I’ll love you till my dying days. When you’re gone I’ll go mad, so don’t throw away this thing we had. Cuz when push comes to shove, I will kill you friends and family to remind you of my love.
18. Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder
19. History is entirely created by the person who tells the story.
20. I may not live to see our glory
But I will gladly join the fight
And when our children tell our story
They’ll tell the story of tonight
21. Dying is easy young man. Living Is harder
22. I am not throwing away my shot.
I am not throwing away my shot.
I’m just like my country.
I’m young, scrappy, and hungry.
And I am not throwing away my shot.
23. Comma sexting. It’s a thing. Get into it.
24. BURR: Alexander joins forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series of essays defending the new United States Constitution, entitled The Federalist Papers. The plan was to write a total of 25 essays, the work divided evenly among the three men. In the end, they wrote 85 essays, in the span of six months. John Jay got sick after writing 5. James Madison wrote 29. Hamilton wrote the other 51.
25. Legacy. What is a Legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.
Life doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints. It takes and it takes and it takes. And we keep living anyway. We rise and we fall and we break and we make our mistakes and if there’s a reason I’m still alive when so many have died then I’m willing to–
wait for it.
27. Come on brain, think of things
Come on brain, think of things
Come on brain, be so smart
28. I wish writing were really like the way Andy staged it here: Me in a mania at a desk while a group of people stand around cheering in awe. More realistically, it’s me pooping around on Twitter until I get an idea.
29. The past places no absolute limit on the future.
30. My wife’s the reason anything gets done,
She nudges me toward 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 through 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.
31. Sometimes the right person tells the right story at the right moment, and through a combination of luck and design, a creative expression gains new force.
32. When Lin optioned his book, Ron was relieved that the Founding Father who had the most dramatic and least appreciated life story would finally get his due—even though a rap musical was the last way that Ron had anticipated Hamilton getting it.
33. Lin beamed, and threw a couple of triumphant middle fingers in the air.
34. I was having a drink with Hugh Laurie, with whom I’d worked on his series House, and I told him I wanted to write a breakup letter from King George to the colonies. Without blinking, he improv’d at me, “Awwww, you’ll be back,” wagging his finger. I laughed and filed it away. Thanks, Hugh Laurie.
35. (On Angelica in ‘Satisfied’)
Oof. Tryin’ to out-Eponine Eponine up in this piece.
36. I am the one thing in life I can control.
I am inimitable.
I am an original
37. I’m not throwing away my shot.
38. 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?
39. You didn’t expect these notes to turn into my therapy session, did you?
40. (Questlove) Is this the most revolutionary thing to happen to Broadway, or the most revolutionary thing to happen to hip-hop?
41. This was the way into Burr. I knew he and Hamilton circled each other all their lives, I knew they went from friends to frenemies to foes, but it wasn’t til I read this detail online—that Theodosia was married to a British officer when Aaron Burr met her, and he waited until she was available—that the character of Burr came free in my imagination. Imagine Hamilton waiting—for anything. That’s when I realized our task was to dramatize not two ideological opposites, but a fundamental difference in temperament.
42. Life doesn’t discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall and we break
And we make our mistakes
We dream of a brand new start, but we dream in the dark for the most part. Dark as a tomb where it happens. I’ve got to be in the room where it happens.
44. I know how deep in the DNA musicals get because they’re deep in my DNA.
45. 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.
46. Talk less. Smile more.
47. Ron told Pippa that during the six years he had spent on the book, Valerie Chernow had developed a powerful identification with Hamilton’s wife. “She used to say, ‘Eliza is like me: She’s good, she’s true, she’s loyal, she’s not ambitious.’ There was a purity and a goodness about the character, and that was like Valerie,” he says. In 2006, after 27 years of marriage, Valerie passed away. For her gravestone, Ron chose a line from the letter that Hamilton wrote to Eliza on the night before the duel: “Best of wives and best of women.
48. I’m erasing myself from the narrative. Let future historians wonder how Eliza reacted when you broke her heart.
49. You have married an Icarus;
He has flown too close to the sun
50. When you smile, you knock me out, I fall apart – and I thought I was so smart.
I have never been the type to try and grab the spotlight. We were at a revel with some rebels on a hot night. Laughing at my sister as she dazzling the room. Then you walked in and my heart went boom.
52. Time alone is the gift of self-entertainment – and that is the font of creativity
53. How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive?
How do you write like you need it to survive?
How do you write ev’ry second you’re alive?
Ev’ry second you’re alive? Ev’ry second you’re alive?
There’s a million things I haven’t done but just you wait.
Just you wait.
55. It looked like Mission Control, if NASA’s business was launching rockets full of rapping multiracial actors in colonial garb into space.
56. Build us a bridge to where you are.
57. (On ‘The Story Of Tonight (Reprise)’)
Tommy Kail and I always described this scene as “When your hometown friends are at the party with your college friends.
58. Lin says the sensation of standing in the middle of these unsettling effects is a distilled version of how he feels throughout the show: “I am staying in my lane and doing what I’m supposed to do while everyone is doing what they do at the height of their abilities, and if I move to the left or right, I’ll get hit with a desk.
59. Every day has the potential to be the greatest day of your life.