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" Acting is about finding truth and finding the way to convey the truth. "
" I didn't know a single musical soundtrack, really, growing up. Nobody listened to musicals. That wasn't a thing I did. "
" Writing is writing. It is all about telling stories, and I've been doing that for so long, in all realms, that it all feels like the same thing to me anyway. "
" My favorite Prince album is 'Sign o' the Times.' "
" Daveed Diggs is a very nervous person. "
" To walk into a casting room full of people who look like you is a crazy thing. What is the thing that necessitates all of us having the exact same shade of skin and having the same hair? What about this deodorant commercial needs that? "
" I think people understand I'm not actually the real Thomas Jefferson. "
" I'm aware that not everybody gets that feeling of ease walking through the world that I have. "
" The fact that rap has a strict meter and stays to a click means that you have to make your thoughts concise. "
" I'm from the Bay Area, so I know a lot about granola. "
" I call myself a nerd all the time. "
" I was really aware, even while it was happening, that the discovery of arts education in my life sort of saved my life. "
" College was the first time I felt I really had to choose who my friends were. "
" There's no reason for somebody who's good at writing rap to be good at freestyling. They're different parts of your brain. You can develop both skills. I'm a much better writer. "
" I have a recognizable silhouette. "
" There's this thing about authenticity when you rap, right? Whether or not it's real, it has to feel real. "
" As a kid, I was very shy. "
" I feel like, anytime I'm onstage, I tend to feel very connected with people in the audience or with the sort of heartbeat or tempo of the audience. "
" I'm an artist, so days don't start on any regular time. "
" Oftentimes, it feels like we spend so much of our life waiting to make art, waiting for somebody to let us do something. You don't really have to do that. You can make it all the time. And 99 percent of the time, it's not going to be a big deal on a global scale. But 100 percent of the time, it's going to make you feel amazing. "
" There's a lot of spaces that care about what kids are buying. There are a lot of spaces that care about what kids are watching. But there aren't a lot of spaces that care about what kids are saying. "
" I've always been very supported. I've never really been sad. I've just been broke. They are very different things. "
" I sort of have this feeling about change in general. We can make baby steps on a macro level. We can try to shift policy, voting and changing who's in office. But we can make huge, sweeping changes on a personal level and in your immediate circle, or just the people around you. "
" I warm up a lot harder for a Clipping show than I ever did for 'Hamilton.' "
" I get to say 'no' to a lot of things. That, for an artist, is crazy. "
" Often, the people I'm working with on music are separate from the rest of my life. "
" I was so stressed, man. When I was 17, I was so worried about what the hell was going to happen. "
" Using something that is really painful, generally, as the percussive element for a beat, I think is cool. "
" Some people get a Broadway show, and that's their end game, and they want to sit there for as long as possible. And some people have other things they want to do with their life. "
" Broadway was weird. "
" My parents are not together, but they were both always around. "