When I get called in for stuff for Hollywood, I get to be the best friend of the Caucasian leadIf I want to play the main guy, I have found, I have to write it.— Lin-Manuel Miranda
The most heartwarming Lin-Manuel Miranda quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
You can't control the success or failure of a thing you work on.
You can only control the thing you work on.
I remind myself Vincent van Gogh died without having sold a single painting.
Like, art is not measured by the trappings that people attached to it. It's the thing itself, and so, as you know, it's been a dream of mine to write songs for Disney, and so, it's really exciting to finally hear. It's two and a half years.
I'm not going to hang out with celebrities, I'm not going to parties.
I have two songs due for Moana next week, and I'm going to go and spend some time with Maui and Moana in the ocean, in my mind.
I think one of the things that makes theater special is first of all, it's one of the last places you put your phone away. And second of all, it's one of the last places where we all have a common experience together.
I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy and hungry, and I'm not throwing away my shot.
With every word, I drop knowledge. I'm a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal trying to reach my goal.
Don't be shocked when your history book mentions me.
I think every writer's had the experience of having a really good idea, waiting to write it, and then once you write it, you're like, "Oh I kind of got past the sell by date on this." I'm not connected to the initial spark that was the idea. A lot of that's about staying open.
I had the good fortune of being 9 years old when The Little Mermaid came out, that whole run of really beautiful Disney musicals, and so, the fact that I got to interview with Ron [Clements] and John [Musker], who directed The Little Mermaid, I was, like, I just walked in and said, "You're the reason I'm even here."
I'm the music guy, I get to wear the music hat, but being able to be that guy in the room is a thrill at this level and caliber.
The theater should always be a safe space.
I'm a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal trying to reach my goal.
I want as many people to see the show [Hamilton] in its musical theater form as possible before it's translated, and whether it's a good act of translation or a bad act of translation, it's a leap, and very few stage shows manage the leap successfully.
I read reviews, I'm not going to lie to y'all.
Like you know, I'll read 'em, but then, the next day I'm able to sort of shrug them off. But if something sort of sticks the next day, there's probably something to it. I just sort of really try to trust my gut on, on all that stuff.
I am the epitome of coolness.
I still look at that water, and I look at Moana's hair, and I'm just like, "How is this even happening?" It's such an incredible mix of technical mastery and wizardry. It's really incredible. It's layers and layers and layers. It's not unlike building a musical. It's really pretty cool.
If you know the voice you're writing for it's such a shortcut.
It's such a catalyst to creating the kind of energy you want.
I got the job [in Moana project] about six months before we started rehearsals.
No, seven and a half months before we started at the Public, and so, it's been my ocean of calm throughout the Hamilton phenomenon.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, I didn't do any press, I didn't do any meetings, I just wrote all day, 'cause I'd meet, via Skype, with the creative team, at five p.m., and then I would have my seven o'clock curtain.
It's got to feel, the pulse has to feel like this part of the world, the instrumentation has to be true to that, and so, between him, [composer] Mark Mancina and myself, we really chased that, while serving our story Moana].
The reason I make that distinction cassette before CD is you have to listen to it in the order in which I've curated it for you. You know, side A to side B is our act break.
Well, hello. My name is Lin. But if you're dyslexic, call me Nil.
My sister is as responsible for anyone for giving me good taste in music.
I have been working on this movie [Moana] since before Hamilton happened.
I was one of several songwriters I think interviewed [for Moana].
I'm a huge fan of Disney animated movies, and I've always wanted to write an animated score since I was a little kid.
The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish.
I am not throwing away my shot.
I felt so nourished by the process of making [Moana], of you're always engaged with other artists from different disciplines, and it's about bringing your art form to the table. It's so many art forms mashed together.
When you're dealing with a constant rhythm, no matter how great your lyrics are, if you don't switch it up, people's heads are going to start bobbing. And they're going to stop listening to what you're saying, so consistently keep the ear fresh and keep the audience surprised.
I will lay down my life if it sets us free.
I think I started writing because no one had ever told me you can write about the things you know in a musical. They don't have to come from some far off place.
I've had a little Hollywood experience, and there's nothing like the Disney story experience.
We get the job done. So what happens if we win?
I got to holler just to be heard.
I 've got this weird day that changed my life.
I woke up one Wednesday, and my wife's a lawyer, she was off to get on a plane, to go to a business meeting somewhere else, and she said, "I think you might be a father. I have to go to the airport." It was like, six in the morning, and I was like, "That's great - what?!" I called her at noon once her flight landed, to confirm that I hadn't dreamt the thing she told me.
I'm past patiently waitin,' I'm passionately smashin' every expectation, every action's an act of creation.
[Opetaia Foa'i] brought in the melody and the lyrics, but the lyrics were in Tokelauan, and so, we talked about what it could mean and whether this could be the ancestor song. So, I started writing English lyrics to sort of the same melody.
I got the job [in Moana], and the next day I was on a plane to New Zealand, where the rest of the team was already doing research, and meeting with different choirs, and sort of really soaking up the music, the musical world of, the musical heritage of this part of the world.
If you're thinking about the idea in the shower.
If you're thinking about the idea while you're walking your dog, there's probably something to it.
No one wants to hear me crooning a ballad.
Everyday has the potential to be the greatest day of your life
The music you love when you're a teenager is always going to be the most important to you.
I know the action in the street is excitin' But Jesus, between all the bleedin’ ‘n fightin’ I’ve been readin’ ‘n writin’.
Sebastian, en Español, is a bad ass name.
With every word, I drop knowledge.
My kid gets me out of bed in the morning.
Lamplighters are the guys who manually turned on all the street lamps in London and turned them off. That was the gig in the 1930s in London.
I probably shouldn't brag, but dag I amaze and astonish.
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. And that's a great way to make a writer.