Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Langston Hughes Quotes

  • ''While over Alabama earth
    These words are gently spoken:
    Serve—and hate will die unborn.
    Love—and chains are broken.''
    Langston Hughes (20th century), U.S. poet and author. Edited by Arna Bontemps. "Alabama Earth (at Booker Washington's grave)," Golden Slippers (1941).
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  • ''The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
    The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
    The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night—''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. April Rain Song (l. 4-6). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, The. Donald Hall, ed. (1985) Oxford University Press.
  • ''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.
  • ''Clean the spittoons.
    The steam in hotel kitchens,
    And the smoke in hotel lobbies,
    And the slime in hotel spittoons:
    Part of my life.''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Brass Spittoons (l. 6-10). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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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Best Poem of Langston Hughes

Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

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Democracy

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet

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