Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Langston Hughes Quotes

  • ''“Gather out of star-dust,
    And splinters of hail,
    One handful of dream-dust,
    Not for sale.” ''
    Langston Hughes
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  • ''“I swear to the Lord,I still cant see,Why Democracy means,Everybody but me. ” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“Ive known rivers:
    Ive known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.

    My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“I asked you, baby,
    If you understood-
    You told me that you didnt,
    But you thought you would.” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“Out of love,
    No regrets--
    Though the goodness
    Be wasted forever.

    Out of love,
    No regrets--
    Though the return
    Be never.” ''
    Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
  • ''“...the only way to get a thing done is to start to do it, then keep on doing it, and finally youll finish it,....” ''
    Langston Hughes, The Big Sea
  • ''“Yet the ivory gods, And the ebony gods, And the gods of diamond-jade, Are only silly puppet gods That people themselves Have made.-” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“Good morning, Revolution: Youre the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on” ''
    Langston Hughes
  • ''“The calm, Cool face of the river, Asked me for a kiss”''
    Langston Hughes

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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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