Langston Hughes Quotes

“Harlem What 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?”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“I stay cool, and dig all jive, Thats the way I stay alive. My motto, as I live and learn, is Dig and be dug In return.”
Langston Hughes
“Folks, Im telling you, birthing is hard and dying is mean- so get yourself a little loving in between.”
Langston Hughes
“Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows, Help us to see That without the dust the rainbow Would not be.”
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.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
“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, Ill be at the table When company comes. Nobodyll dare Say to me, "Eat in the kitchen," Then. Besides, Theyll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed-- I, too, am America.”
Langston Hughes
“Though you may hear me holler, And you may see me cry-- Ill be dogged, sweet baby, If you gonna see me die.”
Langston Hughes
“So since Im still here livin, I guess I will live on. I couldve died for love-- But for livin I was born.”
Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
“Humor is laughing at what you havent got when you ought to have it.”
Langston Hughes
“To some people Love is given, To others Only Heaven.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems