20 Inspirational Quotes From Broadway Musicals

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If you’re a performer, odds are you’ve experienced periods of self-doubt or lack of motivation. That’s where musicals come in. Since the beginning, the form has been setting emotional stories to melodies—so there’s a fitting show tune about overcoming just about any obstacle life may throw at you.

Next time you find yourself in need of inspiration, here are 20 quotes from Broadway musicals that will motivate you to keep going.

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel” (1945; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

          “Walk on through the wind
           Walk on through the rain
           Though your dreams be tossed and blown, walk on
           Walk on with hope in your heart
           And you’ll never walk alone”

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from “The Sound of Music” (1959; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

           “Climb every mountain
            Ford every stream
            Follow every rainbow
            Till you find your dream

            A dream that will need
            All the love you can give
            Every day of your life
            For as long as you live”

“The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha” (1965; lyrics by Joe Darion)

            “This is my quest
             To follow that star
             No matter how hopeless
             No matter how far 

             To fight for the right
             Without question or pause
             To be willing to march into Hell
             For that heavenly cause

             And I know if I’ll only be true
             To this glorious quest
             That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
             When I’m laid to my rest” 

“Believe in Yourself” from “The Wiz” (1974; lyrics by Charlie Smalls, Zachary Walzer, and Luther Vandross)

            “If you believe
             Within your heart
             You’ll know that no one can change
             The path that you must go

             Believe what you feel
             And know you’re right
             Because the time will come around
             When you say it’s yours” 

“Finale—Do You Hear The People Sing? (Reprise)” from “Les Misérables” (1980; lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer)

            “For the wretched of the Earth
             There is a flame that never dies
             Even the darkest night will end
             And the sun will rise” 

“No One Is Alone” from “Into the Woods” (1987; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)

            “Hard to see the light now
            Just don’t let it go
            Things will come out right now
            We can make it so
            Someone is on your side
            No one is alone”

“Make Them Hear You” from “Ragtime” (1996; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens)

            “Your sword can be a sermon
             Or the power of the pen
             Teach every child to raise his voice
             And then my brothers, then 

             Will justice be demanded
             By 10 million righteous men
             Make them hear you” 

“For Now” from “Avenue Q” (2003; lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marks)

            “Don’t stress, relax
             Let life roll off your backs
             Except for death and paying taxes
             Everything in life is only for now” 

“For Good” from “Wicked” (2003; lyrics by Stephen Schwartz)

            “So much of me is made
             Of what I learned from you
             You’ll be with me
             Like a handprint on my heart 

             And now whatever way our stories end
             I know you have rewritten mine 
             By being my friend”  

“I’m Here” from “The Color Purple” (2005; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray)

            “I believe I have inside of me
             Everything that I need to live a bountiful life
             And all the love alive in me
             I’ll stand as tall as the tallest tree 

            And I’m thankful for every day that I’m given
            Both the easy and hard ones I’m livin’
            But most of all, I’m thankful for
            Lovin’ who I really am

            I’m beautiful
            Yes, I’m beautiful
            And I’m here” 

 “Light” from “Next to Normal” (2008; lyrics by Brian Yorkey)

            “Give me clouds and rain and gray
             Give me pain, if that’s what’s real
             It’s the price we pay to feel 

             The price of love is loss
             But still we pay
             We love anyway”

“Naughty” from “Matilda the Musical” (2011; lyrics by Tim Minchin)

            “Just because you find that life’s not fair
             It doesn’t mean that you just have to grin and bear it
             If you always take it on the chin and wear it
             Nothing will change

             Even if you’re little, you can do a lot
             You mustn’t let a little thing like little stop you
             If you sit around and let them get on top
             You might as well be saying
             You think that it’s OK
             And that’s not right”

“Falling Slowly” from “Once” (2011; lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová)

            “Take this sinking boat
             And point it home
             We’ve still got time

             Raise your hopeful voice
             You have a choice
             You’ve made it now”

“Seize the Day” from “Newsies” (2011; lyrics by Jack Feldman)

            “Now is the time to seize the day
             Stare down the odds and seize the day
             Once we’ve begun
             If we stand as one
             Someday becomes somehow
             And a prayer becomes a vow” 

“Raise You Up/Just Be” from “Kinky Boots” (2012; lyrics by Cyndi Lauper)

            “Just be who you wanna be
             Never let ’em tell you who you ought to be
             Just be with dignity
             Celebrate yourself triumphantly” 

“38 Planes (Reprise); Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere” from “Come From Away” (2015; lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein)

            “Somewhere in between the pace of life and work
             And where you’re going
             Something makes you stop and notice
             And you’re finally in the moment”

“You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hansen” (2015; lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

            “Even when the dark comes crashing through
             When you need a friend to carry you
             And when you’re broken on the ground
             You will be found”

“My Shot” from “Hamilton” (2015; lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

            “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” 

“To Thine Own Self” from “Something Rotten!” (2015; lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick)

            “Sure as the day follows the night
             Sure as the sky turns to blue
             This much I know, this much is true
             Above all else in whatever you do
             To thine own self be true”  

“Unruly Heart” from “The Prom” (2016; lyrics by Chad Beguelin)

            “No matter what the world might say
             This heart is the best part of me
             So, fears, all in the past
             Fading so fast 

             I won’t stay hidden anymore
             I’m who I am
            And I think that’s worth fighting for 

            And nobody out there ever gets to define
            The life I’m meant to lead
            With this unruly heart of mine” 

“She Used to Be Mine” from “Waitress” (2015; lyrics by Sara Bareilles) 

            “Who is reckless just enough
            Who can hurt but
            Who learns how to toughen up 

            When she’s bruised
            And gets used by a man who can’t love
            And then she’ll get stuck

            And be scared
            Of the life that’s inside her
            Growing stronger each day
            Till it finally reminds her

            To fight just a little
            To bring back the fire in her eyes
            That’s been gone
            But it used to be mine”

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