Langston Hughes Quotes

I could take the Harlem night and wrap around you, Take the neon lights and make a crown, Take the Lenox Avenue buses, Taxis, subways, And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Juke Box Love Song (l. 1-6). . . Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. (1959) Vintage Books.
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?
Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Lenox Avenue Mural (l. 1-3). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. poet. Lenox Avenue Mural (l. 9-11). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
“Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”
Langston Hughes
“I went down to the river, I set down on the bank. I tried to think but couldnt, So I jumped in and sank.”
Langston Hughes
“Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”
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.”
Langston Hughes
“Looks like what drives me crazy Dont have no effect on you-- But Im gonna keep on at it Till it drives you crazy, too.”
Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
“I loved my friend He went away from me Theres nothing more to say The poem ends, Soft as it began- I loved my friend.”
Langston Hughes