Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Langston Hughes Quotes

  • ''“Harlem

    What happens to a dream deferred?

    Does it dry up
    like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a sore--
    And then run?
    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar over--
    like a syrupy sweet?

    Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?” ''
    Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
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  • ''“I stay cool, and dig all jive,
    Thats the way I stay alive.
    My motto,
    as I live and learn,
    Dig and be dug
    In return.”''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“Folks, Im telling you,
    birthing is hard
    and dying is mean-
    so get yourself
    a little loving
    in between.” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows,
    Help us to see
    That without the dust the rainbow
    Would not be.”''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“Hold fast to dreams
    for if dreams die
    life is a broken-winged bird
    that can not fly.

    Hold fast to dreams
    for when dreams go
    life is a barren field
    frozen with snow.” ''
    Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
  • ''“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.

    Ill be at the table
    When company comes.
    Nobodyll dare
    Say to me,
    "Eat in the kitchen,"

    Theyll see how beautiful I am
    And be ashamed--

    I, too, am America.” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“Though you may hear me holler,
    And you may see me cry--
    Ill be dogged, sweet baby,
    If you gonna see me die.”''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“So since Im still here livin,
    I guess I will live on.
    I couldve died for love--
    But for livin I was born.”''
    Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
  • ''“Humor is laughing at what you havent got when you ought to have it.” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“To some people
    Love is given,
    To others
    Only Heaven.” ''
    Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems

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Best Poem of Langston Hughes


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.

Read the full of Dreams


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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