Amanda Gorman is a well-known poet and activist.
Raised by a single mother, she overcame speech difficulties and became internationally renowned after reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s 2021 Inauguration, becoming the youngest inaugural poet. A Harvard graduate,
Gorman was the first National Youth Poet Laureate and has published several works.
Her poetry is famous for its social and cultural commentary, also featured at the Super Bowl.
In 2021, she co-hosted the Met Gala and released a children’s book, further establishing her prominence in arts and activism.
Let’s go through the best quotes by Amanda Gorman.
Best Amanda Gorman Quotes
The only approval you need is your own. ~ Amanda Gorman.
The oration of poetry, I consider to be its own art form and tradition. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Poetry and language are often at the heartbeat of movements for change. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I was writing since I can remember – I just didn’t know it was poetry yet, or that writing could be a career. ~ Amanda Gorman.
For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us. ~ Amanda Gorman.
My speech impediment wasn’t a stutter but it was dropping several letters that I just could not say for several years, most specifically the ‘r’ sound. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Thinking about the ways that people are judging me as I write about being judged, and how does that, for all of us, become a title that we kind of carry around and that we wear. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I have to interweave my poetry with purpose. For me, that purpose is to help people, and to shed a light on issues that have far too long been in the darkness. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division. ~ Amanda Gorman.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. ~ Amanda Gorman.
While we might feel small, separate, and all alone, our people have never been more tightly tethered. The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown, but how we will weather the unknown together. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Whenever I meet Michelle, I hope that she forgets meeting me because I just want a do-over – I just want to do it right this time, but she always remembers, and she’s always great. And when I hug her, I’m so short my forehead is, like, in her belly button. ~ Amanda Gorman.
We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be; a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Top Amanda Gorman Quotes
If we remember anything, let it be to remember. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Poetry is – it’s an art form, but, to me, it’s also a weapon, it’s also an instrument. It’s the ability to make ideas that have been known, felt, and said. And that’s a real, I think, type of duty for the poet. ~ 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.
Whenever I listen to songs, I rewrite them in my head. ~ Amanda Gorman.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour. But within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves. ~ Amanda Gorman.
There is always light. Only if we are brave enough to see it. There is always light. Only if we are brave enough to be it. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I’m learning that I am not lightning that strikes once. I am the hurricane that comes every single year, and you can expect to see me again soon. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Famous Amanda Gorman Quotes
I love Black poets. I love that as a Black girl, I get to participate in that legacy. So that’s Yusef Komunyakaa, Sonia Sanchez, Tracy K. Smith, Phillis Wheatley. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful. When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. ~ Amanda Gorman.
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. ~ Amanda Gorman.
We’ll observe how the burdens braved by humankind / Are also the moments that make us humans kind[.]. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Every day, we write the future. Together, we sign it. Together, we declare it. We share it. For this truth marches on. Inside each of us. ~ Amanda Gorman.
What contributed to my writing early on is how my mom encouraged it. She kept the TV off because she wanted my siblings and I to be engaged and active. So we made forts, put on plays, musicals, and I wrote like crazy. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Remember Michelle Obama being close, and she kind of kept yelling at Barack, ‘Stop hugging people, stop getting close to people,’ and then when I was done, she kind of pushed him out the way and gave me just the biggest, warmest Michelle Obama hug. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Change is made of choices, & choices are made of character. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I am the daughter of Black writers who are descended from freedom fighters who broke their chains and changed the world. They call me. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Popular Amanda Gorman Quotes
You know, time’s up, in itself, is poetic. Sure, it means time’s up on men who abuse their power, but on a broader scale, it speaks to a much longer and expansive time that dominated. ~ Amanda Gorman.
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it. Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated. ~ Amanda Gorman.
If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade. But in all the bridges we’ve made, that is the promise to glade, the hill we climb. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Sestina is a really great pathway for that because you really focus on form and less so about the horrors of feeling the pain of that trauma. ~ Amanda Gorman.
This is a long, long, faraway goal, but 2036, I am running for office to be president of the United States. ~ Amanda Gorman.
The thing that I learned is that as much as I pull from these topics, there is always a parallel to nature in my poetry. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Poetry, and art in general, means showing up with your best self. And whoever that may be, that in and of itself is beautiful. The more that we can bring our authentic selves, with hope, into the moment the more that moment will show up for us. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I saw tens of thousands of women sharing their pain on the internet and I decided to write this piece, ‘Sestina for my Sisters.’ For me, it was a way to play with shape, play with this poetic form with a topic that felt raw and changing in a way that this structure is not. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Inspiring Amanda Gorman Quotes
I don’t want it to be something that becomes a cage, where to be a successful Black girl, you have to be Amanda Gorman and go to Harvard. I want someone to eventually disrupt the model I have established. ~ Amanda Gorman.
We’re living in an important moment in Black art because we’re living in an important moment in Black life. ~ Amanda Gorman.
To hone my voice, I read everything, from books to cereal boxes, three times; once for fun, the second time to learn something new about the writing craft, and the third time was to improve that piece. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I think we run into issues when our online brands are not rooted in who we are, and I think we need to have explicit discussions with ourselves about who we want to be, what we want to represent, and how we want to express that. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years, but what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal. ~ Amanda Gorman.
To me, unity without a sense of justice, equality, and fairness is just toxic mob mentality. ~ Amanda Gorman.
For Black women, there’s also the politics of respectability – despite our best attempts, we are criticized for never being put together enough; but when we do, we’re too showy. ~ Amanda Gorman.
My Instagram doesn’t cover my insecurities, my lack of self-confidence, that week I spent crying… there’s a question of whether I should be sharing that online. ~ Amanda Gorman.
When you’re someone who’s lived a life where certain resources were scarce, you always feel like abundance is forbidden fruit. ~ Amanda Gorman.
In this chaos, we will discover clarity. In suffering, we must find solidarity. ~ Amanda Gorman.
If we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and changes our children’s birthright. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Inspirational Amanda Gorman Quotes
When this ends, we’ll smile sweetly, finally seeing. In testing times, we became the best of things. ~ Amanda Gorman.
We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one. ~ Amanda Gorman.
In everything you write, write something that is brave enough to be hopeful. In everything that you write, write something that is larger than yourself. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Poetry is always at the pulse of the most dangerous and the most daring questions that a nation, or a world, might face. ~ Amanda Gorman.
It was so incredible meeting Lady Gaga. I mean I’m gaga for Gaga, literally. We kind of just each flew to each other like magnets after the ceremony ended and we were both just crying and hugging. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I’m so glad you brought up the last line, hope isn’t something that we ask of others, it’s something that we have to demand from ourselves. ~ Amanda Gorman.
As a young, Black woman, I notice at times in the mainstream media framing of the ‘me too’ movement you see a white female face or a white male face, and that type of questioning and interrogation needs to happen. ~ Amanda Gorman.
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it’s the past we step into and how we repair it. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I’m a student at Harvard University, and currently work as the United States Youth Poet Laureate, a community organizer, and an activist. ~ Amanda Gorman.
For me, I think that socially, we don’t encourage boys to be men, we encourage them to become monsters. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Read children’s books, dance alone to DJ music. Know that this distance will make our hearts grow fonder. ‘From a wave of woes, our world will emerge stronger.’ ~ Amanda Gorman.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true; that even as we grieved, we grew; that even as we hurt, we hoped; that even as we tired, we tried. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Unity that actually moves us toward the future means that we accept our differences – we embrace them and we lean into that diversity. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Motivational Amanda Gorman Quotes
One of the most rewarding moments of my career is when I’m speaking to a child who tells me they have the same speech impediment that I had to overcome and that they’re going to keep writing or sharing their voice after hearing my story. ~ Amanda Gorman.
For it’s our grief that gives us our gratitude. Shows us how to find hope, if we ever lose it. So ensure that this ache wasn’t endured in vain. Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it. ~ Amanda Gorman.
It wasn’t until I was named Youth Poet Laureate of L.A. in high school though that I officially began calling myself a poet. I just always loved writing, period. ~ Amanda Gorman.
What’s really funny about being National Youth Poet Laureate is that not everyone even knows it exists. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Speaking in public as a Black girl is already daunting enough, just coming on stage with my dark skin and my hair and my race – that in itself is inviting a type of people that have not often been welcomed or celebrated in the public sphere. ~ Amanda Gorman.
When you have to teach yourself how to say sounds when you have to be highly concerned about pronunciation, it gives you a certain awareness of sonics, of the auditory experience. ~ Amanda Gorman.
If we stay silent, you’re not only a traitor to your gender but a traitor to yourself and your own story. So, it’s how can women, particularly women of color, remain true to their truth and their stories, with so many impediments, literal and metaphorical speech. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Thoughtful Amanda Gorman Quotes
We are striving to forge our union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man. And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Hear me as a woman. Have me as your sister. On purpled battlefield breaking day, So I might say our victory is just beginning, See me as change, Say I am movement, That I am the year, and I am the era of the women. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I grew up at this incredibly odd intersection in Los Angeles, where it felt like the black ‘hood met black elegance met white gentrification met Latin culture met wetlands. ~ Amanda Gorman.
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. ~ Amanda Gorman.
I was obsessed with everything and anything; I wanted to learn everything, to read everything, to do everything. I was constantly on sensory overload. I’d hoard dozens of books in my second-grade cubby, and literally try to read two at a time, side by side. ~ Amanda Gorman.
Poetry is the lens we use to interrogate the history we stand on and the future we stand for. ~ Amanda Gorman.
There is power in being robbed & still choosing to dance. ~ Amanda Gorman.
It’s no coincidence that at the base of the Statue of Liberty, there is a poem. Our instinct is to turn to poetry when we’re looking to communicate a spirit that is larger than ourselves. ~ Amanda Gorman.
So these were the 78 top Amanda Gorman quotes on light, hope, change, racism, equality and education.