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Lin-Manuel Miranda Quotes

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda quotes: some solid lessons to live by.

“Every day has the potential to be the greatest day of your life.”

“Allow for the possibility that the best of you is still inside you, waiting to emerge. Prepare the way, bit by bit.”

“Your best impulse, that selfless impulse, let it take the wheel. Let it drive you toward the person you dreamed you’d be.”

“That’s being yourself. Chasing wherever inspiration goes, even if it’s radically different from the thing that people know you as.”

“Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit.”

“Build bridges to something new today! Trip the lights and lead the way!”

“Your goal is to just make something that feels as true to what you set out to do as possible. You do it because you love it, and you have to.”

“If you don’t rise up and put in the work, no one will.”

“The past places no absolute limit on the future.”

“If you stand for nothing, what’ll you fall for?”

“I think you balance the things you’ve been dying to do all your life. And the opportunities that come along, that you didn’t maybe think of, that are so amazing, that you’d kick yourself if you didn’t try to be a part of them.”

“You can have good ideas when you take a break from what you’re normally doing and don’t just go 100 miles an hour.”

“I try to let my decisions be guided not by what I think will succeed or fail, but what I’m going to learn from that process.”

“You can’t control the success or failure of a thing you work on. You can only control the thing you work on.”

“Ask the thing you want to ask your hero while your hero is in front of you! Don’t be a dick, don’t be obnoxious. But also know that you may never get that opportunity again.”

“Change requires hope.”

“We create our own reality so much these days. You curate your Twitter feed. You unfriend your friend who has the racist or unpopular opinion off your Facebook page. We see the reality that we choose to see, and we have more power to do that than ever before.”

“I think if you want to make a recipe for making a writer, have them feel a little out of place everywhere, have them be an observer kind of all the time.”

“Write like you’re running out of time.”

“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.”

“Making words rhyme for a living is one of the great joys of my life. That’s a superpower I’ve been very conscious of developing. I started at the same level as everybody else, and then I just listened to more music and talked to myself until it was an actual superpower I could pull out on special occasions.”

“You have to live with the notion of, If I don’t write this, no one’s going to write it. If I die, this idea dies with me.”

“You know what’s a great way of tricking people into thinking you’re a genius? Write a show about geniuses!”

“With every word, I drop knowledge.”

“I went from being a substitute teacher to being a writer, from not having a career in this world to having one. I don’t think anything will ever touch that.”

“My life has been about finding the balance between the things I always wanted to make and the opportunities that are so incredible I’d be angry if they opened and I wasn’t in them.”

“Give your time, give your heart, give your talent, give someone something new. It feels incredible.”

“If you don’t have a dollar to give, you still have your time, your focus, your voice. Be generous.”

“I went to a school where everyone was smarter than me. And I’m not blowin’ smoke, I was surrounded by genius, genius kids. What’s interesting about growing up in a culture like that is you go, ‘All right, I gotta figure out what my thing is. Because I’m not smarter than these kids. I’m not funnier than half of them, so I better figure out what it is I wanna do and work really hard at that because intellectually I’m treading water to, to be here.'”

“I have two wonderful, supportive and very practical parents who were like, ‘You’re really talented and really creative. You should be a lawyer because there’s a safe path there.’ And I knew that I was never going to be a lawyer. And I knew that I wanted to make movies, and I wanted to write shows.”

“I’m just like my country: I’m young, scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot.”

“I’m a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal trying to reach my goal.”

“I’m not a f*cking genius. I work my ass off.”

“I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood. We just knew the rule was… you’re going to have to work twice as hard.”

“My two biggest tools are research and empathy.”

“I challenge myself to think, ‘Where can I direct my focus? What won’t let me go unless I do something about it?'”

“I’m aware of both time and of the incredible opportunity that I’m lucky to have, and not wanting to squander either.”

“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… wait for it.”

“History is entirely created by the person who tells the story. History is so subjective. The teller of it determines it.”

“It’s your life. It’s your audience.”

“Before you turn the world down, make a little space for yourself. Brush your teeth, tidy the counter, put down the phone. Savor the best part of the day for one more second. Woo! Okay. Have at it, dreams!”

“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”

“We may go through trying times, but if we’re survived by people who love and remember us, we’ll go on forever.”

“I wish you clarity tonight. Clarity of self, clarity of purpose, a direct line between who you want to be and how to get there.”

“You are perfectly cast in your life. I can’t imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play.”

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