Quotations From LANGSTON HUGHES


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  • Babies and gin and church
    And women and Sunday
    All mixed with dimes and
    Dollars and clean spittoons
    And house rent to pay.
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Brass Spittoons (l. 26-30). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.

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  • I, too, sing America.

    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen
    When company comes,
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. I, Too (l. 1-4). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.

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  • They'll see how beautiful I am
    And be ashamed—

    I, too, am America.
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. I, Too (l. 16-18). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.

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  • Hold fast to dreams
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird
    That cannot fly.
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet and author. "Dreams," Golden Slippers, ed. Arna Bontemps (1941).

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  • Brown sugar lassie,
    Caramel treat,
    Honey-gold baby
    Sweet enough to eat.
    Peach-skinned girlie,
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Harlem Sweeties (l. 5-9). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.

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  • Night coming tenderly
    Black like me.
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Dream Variation (l. 16-17). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.

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  • I was so sick last night I
    Didn't hardly know my mind.
    So sick last night I
    Didn't know my mind.
    I drunk some bad licker that
    Almost made me blind.
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Morning After (l. 1-6). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.

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  • I could take the Harlem night
    and wrap around you,
    Take the neon lights and make a crown,
    Take the Lenox Avenue buses,
    Taxis, subways,
    And for your love song tone their rumble down.
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Juke Box Love Song (l. 1-6). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.

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  • I, too, sing America.
    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes.
    But I laugh,
    And eat well,
    And grow strong.
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet, author. Survey Graphic (March 1925). I, Too, Selected Poems (1954).

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  • What happens to a dream deferred?

    Does it dry up
    like a raisin in the sun?
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Lenox Avenue Mural (l. 1-3). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.

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