Amanda Gorman Quotes give us a glimpse into the heart and soul of American’s youngest Poet Laureate who graced us with her presence and words at the Presidential Inauguration in 2021.
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Who is Amanda Gorman
This fascinating young poet, born in Los Angeles and cum laude graduate from Harvard University, was tasked to write a poem about a country united. Inspired by the words of Abraham Lincoln, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and fellow Poet Laureates Richard Blanco and Elizabeth Alexander, Amanda Gorman dazzled America with her poem “The Hill We Climb”.
Daughter of a middle school teacher in Los Angeles, she began writing at an early age. She spent her time on the playground writing in journals. At 16, she was named Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. While studying Sociology at Harvard, she was named Poet Laureate.
Her poem “The Hill We Climb” was painstakingly written as our country was reeling from a controversial election and an unthinkable riot at the Capital. Her words were to speak of national unity, and she accomplished this while speaking frankly about her ancestry. In the Hill We Climb she encourages us to, “lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.” Beautiful indeed!
Amanda Gorman Quotes
“Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: That even as we grieved, we grew"d That even as we tired, we tried” - Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country
"You really have to crown yourself with the belief that what I'm about and what I'm here for is way beyond this moment."
“By Goodbye, we truly mean: Let us be able to say hello again.” - Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry
“I’m learning that ‘No’ is a complete sentence. And I am reminding myself that this isn’t a competition. It’s me following the trajectory of the life I was meant to lead.”
"That is the promised glade, The hill we climb, if only we dare it: Because being American is more than a pride we inherit— It’s the past we step into, and how we repair it.” - Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country -
I'm the daughter of Black writers who are descended from Freedom Fighters who broke their chains and changed the world. They call me."
“Since the world is round There is no way to walk away From each other, for even then We are coming back together.” - Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry
"To love just may be The fight of our lives." - Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry
“I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song. I don’t fear change coming, And so I sing along.” - Amanda Gorman, Change Sings: a Children's Anthem
"Some griefs, like rivers, are uncross / able. They are not to be waded across / but walked beside." - Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry
“If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, Then love becomes our legacy, And change, our children’s birthright.” - Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country
"Life is not what is promised, But what is sought" - Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry"
"Lost as we feel, there is no better Compass than compassion." - Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry
“Somehow, we’ve weathered and witnessed A nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.” - Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country
"Poetry and language are often at the heartbeat of movements for change."
"Our truth, not what we said, But what we thought." - Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry
“This is a long, long, faraway goal, but 2036, I am running for office to be president of the United States.”
“Change is made of choices, & choices are made of character.” - Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry
"Never underestimate the power of art as the language of the people."
"We cannot possess hope without practicing it." - Amanda Gorman, Call Us What We Carry
"Poetry is already cool." - Amanda Gorman
“You don’t have to be a poet, you don’t have to be a politician or be in the White House to make an impact with your words. We all have this capacity to find solutions for the future.” - Amanda Gorman