Langston Hughes Quotes

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1. “Hold fast to dreams,For if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged bird,That cannot fly.”

Tags : Dreams Hope Inspiration Knowledge Wisdom

2. “Life is for the living.Death is for the dead.Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.”

Tags : Death Life Music
Source : The Collected Poems

3. “I, too, sing America.I am the darker brother.They send me to eat in the kitchenWhen company comes,But I laugh,And eat well,And grow strong.Tomorrow,I'll be at the tableWhen company comes.Nobody'll dareSay to me,"Eat in the kitchen,"Then.Besides,They'll see how beautiful I amAnd be ashamed--I, too, am America.”

Tags : Civil Rights Equality

4. “Pleasured equallyIn seeking as in finding,Each detail minding,Old Walt went seekingAnd finding.”

Tags : Finding Poetry Seeking Walt Whitman

5. “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.”

Tags : Death Desperation Drowning Poetry Suicide

6. “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.”

Tags : Ancient Deep Langston Hughs Rivers Soul

7. “My old man's a white old manAnd my old mother's black.If ever I cursed my white old manI take my curses back.If ever I cursed my black old motherAnd wished she were in hell,I'm sorry for that evil wishAnd now i wish her wellMy old man died in a fine big houseMy Ma died in a shack.I wonder were i'm going to die,Being neither white nor black?”

Tags : Evil House Mother Question Sorry

8. “Looks like what drives me crazyDon't have no effect on you--But I'm gonna keep on at itTill it drives you crazy, too.”

Tags : Craziness Crazy Evil Poetry
Source : Selected Poems

9. “HarlemWhat 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?”

Tags : Dreams Poetry
Source : The Collected Poems

10. “I stay cool, and dig all jive,That's the way I stay alive.My motto, as I live and learn, isDig and be dugIn return.”

Tags : Inspiration

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

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12. “Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”

Tags : Life Simplicity

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

Tags : Aspirations Determination Dreams

14. “Out of love,No regrets--Though the goodnessBe wasted forever.Out of love,No regrets--Though the returnBe never.”

Tags : Love No Regrets Poetry
Source : Selected Poems

15. “Though you may hear me holler,And you may see me cry--I'll be dogged, sweet baby,If you gonna see me die.”

Tags : Death Hardship Pain Perseverance

16. “Yet the ivory gods, And the ebony gods, And the gods of diamond-jade, Are only silly puppet gods That people themselves Have made.-”

Tags : Art Free Thought Philosophy Religion

17. “2 and 2 are 4. 4 and 4 are 8.But what would happenIf the last 4 was late?And how would it beIf one 2 was me?Or if the first 4 was youDivided by 2?”

Tags : Cleverness Love Relationships

18. “What happens to a dream deferred?”

Tags : Chasing Dreams Poem Poetry

19. “Cheap little rhymesA cheap little tuneAre sometimes as dangerousAs a sliver of the moon.”

Tags : Danger Moon Poem Poetry Rhymes Tunes

20. “Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows,Help us to seeThat without the dust the rainbowWould not be.”

Tags : God Life

21. “I will take your heart.I will take your soul out of your bodyAs though I were God.I will not be satisfiedWith the little words you say to me.I will not be satisfiedWith the touch of your handNor the sweet of your lips alone.I will take your heart for mine.I will take your soul.I will be God when it comes to you.”

Tags : Ardor God Love Passion Soul Soulmates
Source : Selected Poems

22. “Hold fast to dreamsfor if dreams dielife is a broken-winged birdthat can not fly.Hold fast to dreamsfor when dreams golife is a barren fieldfrozen with snow.”

Tags : Dreams
Source : The Collected Poems

23. “Even to an outsider like myself, not only in the theatre was such disunity evident, but in much else in government Spain. Alvarez del Vayo, Socialist Minister of Foreign Affairs, once asked, "Why is it Spain's people are so great, but her leaders so small?”

Tags : Civil War Politics Spain
Source : I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

24. “Tell all my mournersTo mourn in red-Cause there ain't no senseIn my bein' dead.”

Tags : Death Mourning
Source : Selected Poems

25. “Good morning, daddy!Ain't you heardThe boogie-woogie rumbleOf a dream deferred?Listen closely:You'll hear their feetBeating out and beating out a -You thinkIt's a happy beat?Listen to it closely:Ain't you heardsomething underneathlike a -What did I say?Sure,I'm happy!Take it away!Dream BoogieHey, pop!Re-bop!Mop!Y-e-a-h!”

Tags : Boogie Dream Harlem Poet Poetry

26. “The speaker catches firelooking at their faces.His wordsjump down to standin listener's places.”

Tags : Public Speaking
Source : Selected Poems

27. “OppressionNow dreamsAre not availableTo the dreamers,Nor songsTo the singers.In some landsDark nightAnd cold steelPrevail--But the dreamWill come back,And the songBreakIts jail.”

Tags : Break Free Oppression
Source : The Panther and the Lash

28. “The sea is a desert of waves,A wilderness of water.”

Tags : Ocean Poetry Sea Water Waves Wilderness
Source : Selected Poems

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

Tags : Humor Laughter

30. “Books -where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas”

Tags : Books Kansas Suffering
Source : I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

31. “I was unhappy for a long time, and very lonesome, living with my grandmother. Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books — where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.”

Tags : Books Inspirational Kansas Language

32. “I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom's way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the earth And every man is free, Where wretchedness will hang its head And joy, like a pearl, Attends the needs of all mankind- Of such I dream, my world!”

Tags : Equality

33. “LIBERTY! FREEDOM! DEMOCRACY!True anyhow no matter how manyLiars use those words.”

Tags : Democracy Freedom Liars Liberty Poem Poetry Truth

34. “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.”

Tags : Death Life Love Perseverance
Source : Selected Poems

35. “Sometimes a crumb fallsFrom the tables of joy, Sometimes a boneIs flung.To some peopleLove is given, To othersOnly heaven.”

Tags : Luck

36. “People up today and down tomorrow, working this week and fired the next, beaten and baffled, but determined not to be wholly beaten, buying furniture on the installment plan, filling the house with roomers to help pay the rent, hoping to get a new suit for Easter—and pawning that suit before the Fourth of July.”

Tags : Poverty Spirit Struggle

37. “Question and AnswerDurban, Birmingham,Cape Town, Alabama,Johannesburg, Watts,The earth aroundStruggling, fighting,Dying--for what?A world to gain.Groping, hoping,Waiting--for what?A world to gain.Dreams kicked asunder,Why not go under?There's a world to gain.But suppose I don't want it,Why take it?To remake it.”

Tags : Struggle World Remade
Source : The Panther and the Lash