33+ Best Langston Hughes Quotes: Exclusive Selection

James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. Profoundly inspirational Langston Hughes quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Langston Hughes Quotes

There’s a certain amount of traveling in a dream deferred.

A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the Earth And every man is free.

I dream a world… where wretchedness will hang its head and joy, like a pearl, attends the needs of all mankind. Of such I dream, my world!

I tire so of hearing people say, Let things take their course. Tomorrow is another day. I do not need my freedom when I’m dead. I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.

Gather up In the arms of your love—Those who expect No love from above.

Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on.

I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see why democracy means everybody but me.

Langston Hughes quotes

Politics can be the graveyard of the poet. And only poetry can be his resurrection.

The past has been a mint Of blood and sorrow. That must not be True of tomorrow.

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.

Life is an egg you have to be patient and careful with it or it will break

Inspirational Langston Hughes Quotes

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I will not take ‘but’ for an answer. Negroes have been looking at democracy’s ‘but’ too long.

When a man starts out to build a world, He starts first with himself.

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?… Or does it explode?

The calm, Cool face of the river, Asked me for a kiss

Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people—the beauty within themselves.

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.

When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.

I, too, am America.

I must never write when I do not want to write.

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

A dream deferred is a dream denied.

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.

I’ve been scared and battered. My hopes the wind done scattered. Snow has frozen me, Sun has baked me, Looks like between ’em they done Tried to make me Stop laughin’, stop lovin’, stop livin’– But I don’t care! I’m still here!

Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it … what you wish in your secret heart were not funny, but it is, and you must laugh. Humor is your own unconscious therapy. Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.

Night coming tenderly

Whiskey just naturally likes me but beer likes me better.

An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.

Black like me.

You see, books had been happening to me.