38 Best Hamilton Quotes: Wise Words of a Founding Father

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Alexander Hamilton was possibly the most vigorous and creative of the Founding Fathers. He loved writing throughout his entire life and merited it for saving him many times. Because of his strong passion for words, it only makes sense that Hamilton: An American Musical. would feature so many memorable quotes.

Additionally, Hamilton: An American Musical has become an incredible phenomenon on its own and has even made its way into mainstream culture. Even though Hamilton’s story is over 200 years old, the majority of the themes from the musical are still relevant to this day. So, to make you laugh and give you some food for thought — here are the 38 best Hamilton quotes.

38 Best Hamilton Quotes

Hamilton Quotes About Life

#1. “Dying is easy, young man, living is harder.” — George Washington, “Right Hand Man”

#2. “I’m only nineteen but my mind is older. Gotta be my own man, like my father, but bolder. I shoulder his legacy with pride. I used to hear him say that someday I would—blow us all away.” — Philip Hamilton + Ensemble, “Blow Us All Away”

#3. “God help and forgive me, I wanna build something that’s gonna outlive me.” — Hamilton, “The Room Where It Happens”

#4. “In New York, you can be a new man.” — “Alexander Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

#5. “There’s a million things I haven’t done. Just you wait, just you wait.” — Hamilton, “Satisfied”

#6. “Hercules Mulligan, I need no introduction. When you knock me down I get the F**K back up again.” — Mulligan, “Yorktown”

#7. “They think me Macbeth, and ambition is my folly.” — “Take A Break”

#8. “You can write rhymes but you can’t write mine.” — “Take A Break”

#9. “Teach me how to say goodbye.” — Alexander Hamilton, “The World Was Wide Enough”

#10. “We’ll fight up close, seize the moment and stay in it.” — Hamilton, “Yorktown”

#11. “We push away what we can never understand. We push away the unimaginable.” — Angelica Schuyler, “Quiet Uptown”

#12. “Talk less, smile more. Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for.” — Burr, “Aaron Burr, Sir”

#13. “I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable, I am an original.” — Burr, “Wait for It”

#14. “Know that we can win, I know that greatness lies in you. But remember from here on in, history has its eyes on you…” — “History Has Its Eyes On You”

#15. “I swear your pride will be the death of us all. Beware, it goeth before the fall.” — Schuyler Defeated

#16. “No one really knows how the game is played, the art of the trade, how the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens but no one else is in the room where it happens.” — “The Room Where It Happens”

#17. “Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” — Alexander Hamilton, “The World Was Wide Enough”

#18. “Most disputes die and no one shoots…” — Ten Duel Commandments

#19. “The ten-dollar Founding Father without a father,

Got a lot farther by working a lot harder,

By being a lot smarter,

By being a self-starter.” — “Alexander Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

#20. “You’re on your own. Awesome. Wow. Do you have a clue what happens now?” — What Comes Next?

#21. “If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?” — Aaron Burr, Sir

Hamilton Quotes About America, Politics, and War

#22. “How does Hamilton the short-tempered Protean creator of the Coast Guard, Founder of the New York post ardently abuse his cabinet post and destroy his reputation? Welcome folks to the Adams Administration!” — “The Adams Administration”

#23. “Tens of thousands of people flood the streets,

There are screams and church bells ringing

And as our fallen foes retreat,

We hear the drinking song they’re singing.

The world turned upside down.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)”

#24. “I’m just like my country—I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot.” — Hamilton, “My Shot”

#25. “Raise a glass to Freedom,

Something they can never take away.” — “The Story of Tonight,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda

#26. “I have never agreed with Jefferson once. We have fought on like seventy-five different fronts. But when all is said and all is done, Jefferson has beliefs. Burr has none.” — Hamilton, “The Election of 1800”

#27. “Let’s show these Federalists what they’re up against…southern mother f*cking Democratic-Republicans!” — “Washington On Your Side”

#28. “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.” — Hamilton, “The World Was Wide Enough”

#29. “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.” — Alexander Hamilton, “Cabinet Battle #1”

#30. “And another thing, Mr. Age of Enlightenment—don’t lecture me about the war, you didn’t fight in it. You think I’m frightened of you man? We almost died in the trench while you were off gettin’ high with the French!” — Hamilton, “Cabinet Battle #1”

#31. “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.” — Hamilton, “The Story of Tonight”

Hamilton Quotes About Love and Friendship

#32. “You’ve married an Icarus. He’s flown too close to the sun.” — Eliza (quoting Angelica), “Burn”

#33. “Love doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints.” — “Wait For It”

#34. “I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love!” — King George, “You’ll Be Back”

#35. “Helpless! Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit I’m helpless! Down for the count, and I’m drownin’ in ‘em…” — “Helpless”

#36. “My sweet home, I wanna give you a kiss.” — “What Did I Miss”

#37. “The plan is to fan this spark into a flame.” — Hamilton, “My Shot”

#38.  “I never had a group of friends before, I promise that I’ll make y’all proud.” — Hamilton, “My Shot”


Hamilton had an incredibly unique personality and writing style, both of which have easily transitioned into the musical. The musical reflects our Founding Father’s spirit perfectly, and gives us a unique insight into the time he lived in. Nevertheless, the topics of life, love, and war are still quite relevant —  and we can learn a lot from these quotes.

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Naomi Kizhner

Naomi Kizhner

On NaomiKizhner.com, I want to share tips, tricks, and quotes that will hopefully inspire someone who might be struggling. Also, I wish to help others find their true passion in life and cut out any negativity.
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