Hamilton (2020) Quotes

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Eliza Hamilton: Can I show you what I'm proudest of? I establish the first private orphanage in New York City. I help to raise hundreds of children. I get to see them growing up. In their eyes I see you, Alexander.

Eliza Hamilton: I stop wasting time on tears. I live another fifty years. It's not enough. I interview every soldier who fought by your side. I try to make sense of your thousands of pages of writings. You really do write like you're running out of time. I rely on Angelica. While she's alive, we tell your story.

Angelica Schuyler: Every other founding father story gets told. Every other founding father gets to grow old.

Aaron Burr: And when you're gone, who remembers your name? Who keeps your flame? Who tells your story?

Company: Eliza.

Thomas Jefferson (about Hamilton): I'll give him this: his financial system is a work of genius. I couldn't undo it if I tried. And I tried.

Alexander Hamilton: I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory. Is this where it gets me, on my feet, sev'ral feet ahead of me? I see it coming, do I run or fire my gun or let it be? There is no beat, no melody. Burr, my first friend, my enemy, maybe the last face I ever see. If I throw away my shot, is this how you remember me? What if this bullet is my legacy? Legacy. What is a legacy? It's planting seeds in a garden you never get to see. I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me. 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. I'm running out of time. I'm running, and my time's up. Wise up. Eyes up. I catch a glimpse of the other side. Laurens leads a soldiers' chorus on the other side. My son is on the other side. He's with my mother on the other side. Washington is watching from the other side. Teach me how to say goodbye. Rise up, rise up, rise up! Eliza. My love, take your time. I'll see you on the other side. Raise a glass to freedom...

Eliza Hamilton (to Alexander): Why do you write like you're running out of time?

Alexander Hamilton: I stand by what I said, every bit of it. You stand only for yourself. It's what you do. I can't apologize because it's true.

Aaron Burr: Then stand, Alexander. Weehawken. Dawn. Guns. Drawn.

Alexander Hamilton: You're on.

(Hamilton's letter to Burr)

Alexander Hamilton: Mr. Vice President, I am not the reason no one trusts you. No one knows what you believe. I will not equivocate on my opinion, I have always worn it on my sleeve. Even if I said what you think I said, you would need to cite a more specific grievance. Here's an itemized list of thirty years of disagreements.

Aaron Burr: Sweet Jesus.

(Burr's letter to Hamilton)

Aaron Burr: I am slow to anger, but I toe the line as I reckon with the effects of your life on mine. I look back on where I failed, and in every place I checked, the only common thread has been your disrespect.

Aaron Burr: You've kept me from the room where it happens. For the last time.

Aaron Burr: I look forward to our partnership.

Thomas Jefferson: Our partnership?

Aaron Burr: As your vice-President.

Thomas Jefferson: Ha. Yeah, right. You hear this guy? Man openly campaigns against me, talkin' bout, "I look forward to our partnership."

James Madison: It's crazy that the guy who comes in second becomes vice President.

Thomas Jefferson: Yeah, you know what? We can change that. You know why?

James Madison: Why?

Thomas Jefferson: 'Cuz I'm the President. Hey, Burr, when you see Hamilton, thank him for the endorsement.

Aaron Burr: I'm going door to door!

Alexander Hamilton: You're openly campaigning? That's new.

Aaron Burr: Honestly, it's kind of draining.

Alexander Hamilton: Burr... Is there anything you wouldn't do?

Aaron Burr: No. I'm chasing what I want. And you know what? I learned that from you.

Hamilton Quotes

Hamilton Quotes


Full title: Hamilton (An American Musical)
Format: Musical (released as Movie)
Genres: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Produced by: Lin-Manuel Miranda / Disney+
Release Date: Musical: 20 January, 2015 | Movie: 3 July 2020

Synopsis / Summary

“Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and show tunes, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater–a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Captured at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway in June 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. (IMDb)

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Characters / Cast

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A-Z List of Characters

Character Played by
Aaron Burr Leslie Odom Jr.
Alexander Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda
Angelica Schuyler Church Renée Elise Goldsberry
Eliza Schuyler Hamilton Phillipa Soo
George Washington Chris Jackson
Thomas Jefferson Daveed Diggs

Top 10 Quotes from Hamilton: Act 1

  • Alexander Hamilton: This is not a moment, it’s the movement.
  • George Washington (to Hamilton): It’s alright, you want to fight, you’ve got a hunger. I was just like you when I was younger. Head full of fantasies of dyin’ like a martyr? Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder.
  • Angelica Schuyler: I’m just sayin’, if you really loved me, you would share him.
  • Aaron Burr (& Company): 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 willin’ to— Wait for it…
  • George Washington (to Hamilton about Lee): Don’t do a thing. History will prove him wrong.
  • George Washington (to Hamilton): I know that we can win. I know that greatness lies in you. But remember from here on in, history has its eyes on you.
  • Hamilton & Lafayette: Immigrants: We get the job done.
  • Hamilton & Laurens: We’ll never be free until we end slavery!
  • Alexander Hamilton: Gotta start a new nation, gotta meet my son.
  • King George III: What comes next? You’ve been freed. Do you know how hard it is to lead? You’re on your own. Awesome. Wow. Do you have a clue what happens now?


Top 10 Quotes from Hamilton: Act 2

  • Thomas Jefferson: “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We fought for these ideals; we shouldn’t settle for less. These are wise words, enterprising men quote ’em. Don’t act surprised, you guys, cuz I wrote ’em.
  • Thomas Jefferson (to Hamilton): Look, when Britain taxed our tea, we got frisky. Imagine what gon’ happen when you try to tax our whisky.
  • Alexander Hamilton (to Jefferson): A civics lesson from a slaver. Hey neighbor, your debts are paid cuz you don’t pay for labor. “We plant seeds in the South. We create.” Yeah, keep ranting, we know who’s really doing the planting.
  • George Washington (to Hamilton): Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder.
  • George Washington: If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on. It outlives me when I’m gone. Like the scripture says: “Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.” They’ll be safe in the nation we’ve made. I wanna sit under my own vine and fig tree. A moment alone in the shade, at home in this nation we’ve made. One last time.
  • Alexander Hamilton: I wrote my way out of hell. I wrote my way to revolution. I was louder than the crack in the bell. I wrote Eliza love letters until she fell. I wrote about The Constitution and defended it well. And in the face of ignorance and resistance, I wrote financial systems into existence. And when my prayers to God were met with indifference, I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance.
  • Eliza Hamilton: Do you know what Angelica said when she read what you’d done? She said, “You have married an Icarus. He has flown too close to the sun.”
  • Alexander Hamilton: Yo. The people are asking to hear my voice. For the country is facing a difficult choice. And if you were to ask me who I’d promote… Jefferson has my vote. I have never agreed with Jefferson once. We have fought on like seventy-five diff’rent fronts. But when all is said and all is done, Jefferson has beliefs. Burr has none.
  • Aaron Burr: History obliterates. In every picture it paints, it paints me with all my mistakes. 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. I should’ve known the world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me. The world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me.
  • Eliza Hamilton: Can I show you what I’m proudest of? I establish the first private orphanage in New York City. I help to raise hundreds of children. I get to see them growing up. In their eyes I see you, Alexander.

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