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Top 39 Quotes From Hamilton: An American Musical

Hamilton: An American Musical has become a phenomenon that has transcended Broadway and into main stream culture. With the enormous size of its track list, there are no shortage of ‘Awesome, Wow’ quotes from the lyrics. Though the story of Hamilton’s life is over 200 years old, many of the themes seem so relevant today. We put together some of our favorite quotes (Lyrics)… Some are serious, some are salty, and the others pretty much speak for themselves.

Here are 39 of our favorite Hamilton musical quotes:


My name is Alexander Hamilton

And there’s a million things I haven’t done
But just you wait, just you wait

– Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton)


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?

– Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton)


If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?

– Hamilton (Aaron Burr, Sir)


I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy, and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot

– Hamilton (My Shot)


Raise a glass to freedom
Something they can never take away

– Mulligan, Laurens, & Lafayette (The Story Of Tonight)


Look around, look around at how
Lucky we are to be alive right now

– Eliza AND Peggy (The Schuyler Sisters)


‘Cause when push comes to shove
I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love

– King George (You’ll Be Back)


Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder

– Washington (Right Hand Man)


Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit I’m helpless!

– Eliza (Helpless)


And when you said “Hi,” I forgot my dang name, set my heart aflame, ev’ry part aflame

– Angelica (Satisfied)


Love doesn’t discriminate
between the sinners
and the saints,
it takes and it takes and it takes
and we keep loving anyway

– Burr (Wait For It)


If they don’t reach a peace, that’s alright
Time to get some pistols and a doctor on site

– Laurens (10 Duel Commandments)


How does a ragtag volunteer army in need of a shower
Somehow defeat a global superpower?

– Burr (Guns and Ships)


I’m takin this horse by the reins makin’
Redcoats redder with bloodstains

– Lafayette (Guns and Ships)


Let me tell you what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory:
You have no control:

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story

– Washington and Company (History Has Its Eyes On You)


I’m runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it!
See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians
We in the shit now, somebody gotta shovel it!
Hercules Mulligan, I need no introduction
When you knock me down I get the fu** back up again!
– Mulligan (Yorktown)


You’re on your own

– King George (What Comes Next)


We’ll bleed and fight for you
We’ll make it right for you
If we lay a strong enough foundation
We’ll pass it on to you
We’ll give the world to you and you’ll blow us all away

– Burr (Dear Theodosia)


Why do you write like you’re
running out of time?
Write day and night like you’re
running out of time?
Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re
running out of time

– Burr (Non-Stop)


‘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

– Jefferson (Cabinet Battle #1)


My dearest, Angelica
“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day”
I trust you’ll understand the reference to
Another Scottish tragedy without my having to name the play

– Hamilton (Take A Break)

Couldn’t  leave out the nod to the Bard 😉


No one really knows how the
Parties get to yesssss
The pieces that are sacrificed in
Ev’ry game of chesssss
We just assume that it happens
But no one else is in
The room where it happens.

– Burr (The Room Where It Happens)


Have you an ounce of regret?
You accumulate debt, you accumulate power.
Yet in their hour of need, you forget.

– Jefferson (Cabinet Battle #2)


How you say, no sweat
We’re finally on the field. We’ve had quite a run


We get the job done

– Hamilton and Lafayette (Yorktown)


Ev’ry action has its equal, opposite reactions.
Thanks to Hamilton, our cabinet’s fractured into factions.
Try not to crack under the stress, we’re breaking down like fractions.
We smack each other in the press, and we don’t print retractions
I get no satisfaction witnessing his fits of passion
The way he primps and preens and dresses like the pits of fashion
– Thomas Jefferson (Washington On Your Side)


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

– Hamilton (Hurricane)


History has its eyes on you.

– Washington, Eliza, Angelica & Maria (Hurricane)


You and your words flooded my senses
Your sentences left me defenseless
You built me palaces out of paragraphs
You built cathedrals

– Eliza (Burn)


My name is Philip
I am a poet
I’m a little nervous, but I can’t show it
I’m sorry, I’m a Hamilton with pride
You talk about my father, I cannot let it slide

– Philip (Blow Us All Away)


Talk less!
Smile more!
Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for!

– Burr (Election of 1800)


I wanna be in the room where it happens

– Burr (Your Obedient Servant)


I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory

– Hamilton (The World Was Wide Enough)


I hope that you burn

– Eliza (Burn)


I’m a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal
Tryin’ to reach my goal, my power of speech: unimpeachable

– Hamilton (My Shot)



– Schuyler Sisters (The Schuyler Sisters)


You say our love is draining and you can’t go on
You’ll be the one complaining when I am gone

– King George (You’ll Be Back)


Rise up!

– Hamilton, Burr, Mulligan, Laurens, Lafayette (Right Hand Man)


We rise and we fall
and we break
and we make our mistakes.
And if there’s a reason I’m still alive
when everyone who loves me has died
I’m willing to wait for it.

– Burr (Wait For it)


I’m a General. Whee!!!!

– Lee (Stay Alive)

Did we miss your favorite Hamilton Musical quote? Put it in the comments below…

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