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
I’m so tired of waiting, aren’t you, for the world to become good and beautiful and kind? Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken winged bird, That cannot fly.
The only way to get a thing done is to start to do it, then keep on doing it, and finally you’ll finish it. Langston Hughes
Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death is a note unsaid.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes , Langston Hughes quotes about dreams
I went down to the river, I set down on the bank. I tried to think but couldn’t, So I jumped in and sank.
A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the Earth And every man is free. 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.
When a man starts out to build a world, He starts first with himself Langston Hughes
Looks like what drives me crazy Don’t have no effect on you But I’m gonna keep on at it Till it drives you crazy, too.
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. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, Eat in the kitchen, Then. Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed I, too, am American. Langston Hughes
Folks, I’m telling you, birthing is hard and dying is mean so get yourself a little loving in between.
I tire 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. 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.
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
So since I’m still here livin’, I guess I will live on. I could’ve died for love But for livin’ I was born.
That any man be crushed by one above. Langston Hughes , Langston Hughes quotes about America
I’ve known rivers: I’ve 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.
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
To some people Love is given, To others Only Heaven.
Negroes Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day They change their mind. Langston Hughes
Gather out of star dust, Earth dust, Cloud dust, Storm dust, And splinters of hail, One handful of dream dust, Not for sale.
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode? Langston Hughes
I asked you, baby, If you understood You told me that you didn’t, But you thought you would.
Let America be America, where equality is in the air we breathe. Langston Hughes
Yet the ivory gods, And the ebony gods, And the gods of diamond jade, Are only silly puppet gods That people themselves Have made.
Reach Up Your Hand and take a star. Langston Hughes
Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on
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. Langston Hughes
When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.
Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on Langston Hughes
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.
That Justice is a blind goddess Is a thing to which we black are wise: Her bandage hides two festering sores That once perhaps were eyes. Langston Hughes
When a man starts out to build a world, He starts first with himself
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
How still, How strangely still The water is today, It is not good For water To be so still that way. Sea Calm
Blues had the pulse beat of the people who keep on going. Langston Hughes
Life is a egg you have to be patient and careful with it or it will brake
Road’s in front o’ me, Nothin’ to do but walk. Langston Hughes
Sometimes a crumb falls From the tables of joy, Sometimes a bone Is flung. To some people Love is given, To others Only heaven.
When poems stop talking about the moon and begin to mention poverty, trade unions, color, color lines, and colonies, somebody tells the police. Langston Hughes
Most musicians remain poor. But the music that they make, even if it does not bring them millions, gives millions of people happiness.
Well, son, I’ll tell you Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor Bare. But all the time I’ve been a climbin on, And reachin’ landin’s, And turnin’ corners, And sometimes going in the dark Where there ain’t been no light. So boy, don’t you turn back. Don’t sit down on the steps Cause you find it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now For I’se still goin honey, I’se still climbin’, And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. Langston Hughes
The Dream Keeper Bring me all of your dreams, You dreamer, Bring me all your Heart melodies That I may wrap them In a blue cloud cloth Away from the too rough fingers Of the world.
A dream deferred is a dream denied. Langston Hughes
Pleasured equally In seeking as in finding, Each detail minding, Old Walt went seeking And finding.
Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life. Langston Hughes
There is no color line in death.