Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Langston Hughes Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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.
  • ''Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?''
    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Lenox Avenue Mural (l. 9-11). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''“Life is for the living.
    Death is for the dead.
    Let life be like music.
    And death a note unsaid.” ''
    Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
  • ''“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“I went down to the river,
    I set down on the bank.
    I tried to think but couldnt,
    So I jumped in and sank.” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.

    I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“Looks like what drives me crazy
    Dont have no effect on you--
    But Im gonna keep on at it
    Till it drives you crazy, too.” ''
    Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
  • ''“I loved my friend
    He went away from me
    Theres nothing more to say
    The poem ends,
    Soft as it began-
    I loved my friend.” ''
    Langston Hughes

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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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Problems

2 and 2 are 4.
4 and 4 are 8.

But what would happen
If the last 4 was late?

And how would it be
If one 2 was me?

Or if the first 4 was you
Divided by 2?

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