If (like so many people) you can’t get enough of the inspirational modern poet from the 2021 American presidential inauguration, read on for the best Amanda Gorman quotes from both her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb” and her poetry book, Call Us What We Carry.
Gorman is a brave young woman herself, reciting poems of grief, hope and change in our country. May her words below continue to inspire you!
First, I share a bit about Amanda Gorman, and then I share the best Amanda Gorman quotes from her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb” and her poetry book, Call Us What We Carry, with a focus on quotes about love, light, education, and writing.
About Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman is an American poet and activist. She gained notoriety when she recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb” at the January 20, 2021, United States presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.
Like President Joe Biden, she suffered from a speech impediment throughout her childhood, which she credits as improving her reading and writing abilities.
Gorman was chosen as the first youth poet laureate of Los Angeles in 2014. In 2017, she became the first youth poet to open the literary season for the Library of Congress. In 2017, she also became the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.
Gorman graduated from Harvard in 2020 with a B.A. in sociology.
The Best Amanda Gorman Quotes
Amanda Gorman Quotes from “The Hill We Climb” (Inaugural Poem)
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Below are the best Amanda Gorman quotes from the 2021 inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States of America.
“We’ve braved the belly of the beast,
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,
and the norms and notions
of what just is
isn’t always just-ice.”
“Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken,
but simply unfinished.”
“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.”
“We are striving to forge a union with purpose,
to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man.”
“And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us,
but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside.”
“We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.”
“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,
that we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.”
“Scripture tells us to envision
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
and no one shall make them afraid.
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.”
“It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it’s the past we step into
and how we repair it.”
“But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth,
in this faith we trust.”
“For while we have our eyes on the future,
history has its eyes on us.”
“So while once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert,
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?”
“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.”
“But one thing is certain,
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy,
and change our children’s birthright.”
“So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with.
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.”
“When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid,
the new dawn blooms as we free it.”
“For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
Amanda Gorman Quotes from the Poetry Book Call Us What We Carry
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Call Us What We Carry reads like an elegy to the years 2020 and 2021, and all of their highs and lows. If the Coronavirus pandemic and upheaval in America in those times meant something to you, I definitely think you will like this book.
It also uniquely and interestingly draws on history, making parallels that are likely to teach you something new about how the past relates to the present.
Below are the best Amanda Gorman quotes from her poetry book, Call Us What We Carry, first generally, and then with a focus on quotes about love, light, education, and writing.
“We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace.”
“By Goodbye, we truly mean: / Let us be able to say hello again.”
“Let no one again / Have to begin, love, or end, alone.”
“Always remember that / What happened to us / Happened through us.”
“Words, too, are a type of combat, for we always become what we refuse to say.”
“The only way to correctly predict / The future is to pave it, / Is to brave it.”
“Our hearts have always / Been in our throats.”
“Anxiety is a living body, poised beside us like a shadow.”
“There is power in being robbed & still choosing to dance.”
“What are we, if not what we see in another.”
“We often say: / We are beside ourselves with grief. / We can’t even imagine. / This means anguish can call us to envision / More than what we believed was carriable / Or even survivable.”
“What we carry means we survive, / It is what survives us.”
“Like a page, we are only legible / When opened to one another.”
“Lost as we feel, there is no better / Compass than compassion.”
“Just like any skill or art, / We cannot possess hope without practicing it.”
“What a marvelous wreck we are.”
“Our scars are the brightest / Parts of us.”
“Some griefs, like rivers, are uncross / able. They are not to be waded across / but walked beside.”
“All we know so far is we are so far / From what we know.”
“Our invisible battles / Are the hardest ones to win.”
“When we tell a story, / We are living / Memory.”
“Never forget that to be alone / Has always been a price for some & a privilege for others.”
“If we remember anything, let it be to remember.”
“In this chaos, we will discover clarity. In suffering, we must find solidarity.”
“We’ll observe how the burdens braved by humankind / Are also the moments that make us humans kind[.]”
“Change is made of choices, & choices are made of character.”
“We do not hope for no reason. Hope is the reason for itself.”
Amanda Gorman Quotes About Love
“We don’t care for our beloveds / For any specific, singular logic, / But, rather, for the whole of them. / That is to say, / Love is justified by loving.”
“Loss is the cost of loving[.]”
“That’s what love does: It makes a fact faced beyond fear. We have lost too much to lose.”
“To love is to be liable / To ourselves & each other.”
“To love just may be / The fight of our lives.”
“Above all, love — love very much. If love could cure!”
“There is no love for or in this world / That doesn’t feel both bright & unbearable, / Uncarriable.”
“Grief depends on love. / What we cherish most shall leave. / But what we’ve changed can last, / Chartered & chosen.”
“Laden with what we’ve lost, / We are led / By what we love.”
“Love is justified by loving.”
Amanda Gorman Quotes About Light
“It’s said that ignorance is bliss. Ignorance is this: a vine that sneaks up a tree, killing not by poison, but by blocking out its light.”
“We ignite not in the light, but in lack thereof, / For it is in loss that we truly learn to love.”
“What are we, / If not the price of light.”
Amanda Gorman Quotes on Education
“Again, language matters. Children have been taught — America, without her, democracy fails. But the truth is: America without her democracy fails.”
Amanda Gorman Quotes on Writing
“We write / Because you might listen.”
“Writing our storiesIs an essential service. It is how we go to war.”
“Remember clearly / The best way is with poems”
“We write / Because you might listen. / We write because / We are lost & lonely, & you, like us, / Are looking & learning. / Words matter, for / Language is an ark. Yes, / Language is an art, / An articulate artifact. / Language is a life craft. Yes, / Language is a life raft.”
Those are all the best Amanda Gorman poems. I hope they inspired you and/or made you think.