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“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes
“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 couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.”
Langston Hughes
“Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.”
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 loved my friend
He went away from me
There's nothing more to say
The poem ends,
Soft as it began-
I loved my friend.”
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
Don't have no effect on you--
But I'm gonna keep on at it
Till it drives you crazy, too.”
Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
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
“Folks, I'm telling you,
birthing is hard
and dying is mean-
so get yourself
a little loving
in between.”
Langston Hughes
“I stay cool, and dig all jive,
That's the way I stay alive.
My motto,
as I live and learn,
is
Dig and be dug
In return.”
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
“Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows,
Help us to see
That without the dust the rainbow
Would not be.”
Langston Hughes
tags: god, life
“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 America.”
Langston Hughes
“Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry--
I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.”
Langston Hughes
“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.”
Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
“I swear to the Lord,I still can't see,Why Democracy means,Everybody but me. ”
Langston Hughes
“To some people
Love is given,
To others
Only Heaven.”
Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems
tags: love
“Gather out of star-dust,
Earth-dust,
Cloud-dust,
Storm-dust,
And splinters of hail,
One handful of dream-dust,
Not for sale.”
Langston Hughes
“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.”
Langston Hughes
“...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, The Big Sea
“Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor --
Bare.
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds 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
tags: life
“Out of love,
No regrets--
Though the goodness
Be wasted forever.

Out of love,
No regrets--
Though the return
Be never.”
Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
“I asked you, baby,
If you understood-
You told me that you didn't,
But you thought you would.”
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.-”
Langston Hughes
“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
“Good morning, Revolution: You're the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on”
Langston Hughes
“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 bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
Langston Hughes
“Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter
And my throat
Is deep with song,
You do not think
I suffer after
I have held my pain
So long?

Because my mouth
Is wide with laughter
You do not hear
My inner cry?
Because my feet
Are gay with dancing
You do not know
I die?”
Langston Hughes

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