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Hamilton is full of many meaningful, awesome, and/or insightful lines throughout, to the point where we could probably quote the entire thing. However, seeing as we don't want to write an essay and a half (unlike Hamilton), here are a few of the best.
  • "I am not throwing away my shot!" This quote becomes a motif throughout the first act of the musical.
    • At one point, it becomes even more awesome when paired with "... 'til the world turns upside down!"
  • "There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait."
  • "Raise a glass to freedom." This line starts out as rebellious and idealistic, but it becomes jaded and bittersweet by the end of the musical. It's always associated with Hamilton's friends and also serves as the titular character's own last words before being shot in the song "The World was Wide Enough."
  • "I know my sister like I know my own mind, you will never find anyone as trusting or as kind. If I tell her that I love him she'll be silently resigned. He'd be mine; she would say 'I'm fine,' she'd be lying!" -One of Angelica's reasons why she didn't pursue Hamilton herself.
  • “If you stand for nothing Burr, what’ll you fall for?”
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  • "And if there's a reason I'm still alive when so many have died, then I'm willing to wait for it."
  • "Immigrants: we get the job done!"
  • “I’m past patiently waitin’, I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation, every action’s an act of creation! I’m laughin’ in the face of casualties and sorrow, for the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow!”
  • "I am the one thing in life I can control! I am inimitable, I am an original!"
  • "But when you’re gone, who remembers your name? Who keeps your flame?"
  • "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?"
  • All of Burr's questioning verses toward Hamilton during "Non-Stop" qualify:
    • "Why do you assume you're the smartest in the room? Why do you assume you're the smartest in the room? Why do you assume you're the smartest in the room? Soon that attitude may be your doom!"
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    • "Why do you always say what you believe? Why do you always say what you believe? Ev'ry proclamation guarantees free ammunition for your enemies!"
    • "How 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? Like you’re running out of time? Are you running out of time?"
    • "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?"


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