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Langston Hughes

Read through the most famous quotes from Langston Hughes

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

— Langston Hughes

#life #music #death

Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.

— Langston Hughes

#hope #inspiration #knowledge #wisdom #dreams

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

— Langston Hughes

#simplicity #life

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

#desperation #drowning #poetry #suicide #death

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


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

#anywhere #discovered #getting #go #i

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

#crazy #evil #poetry #crazy

Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows, Help us to see That without the dust the rainbow Would not be.

— Langston Hughes

#life #life

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

#hardship #pain #perseverance #death

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

#life #love #perseverance #death

About Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes Quotes

Did you know about Langston Hughes?

As the work demands limited his time for writing Hughes quit the position to work as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel. The following year Hughes enrolled in Lincoln University a historically black university in Chester County Pennsylvania. 1932
Let America Be America Again 1938
Shakespeare in Harlem Knopf 1942
Freedom's Plow 1943
Fields of Wonder Knopf 1947
One-Way Ticket 1949
Montage of a Dream Deferred Holt 1951
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes 1958
Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz Hill & Wang 1961
The Panther and the Lash: Poems of Our Times 1967
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes Knopf 1994

Novels and short story collections
Not Without Laughter.

Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue" which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue". James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1 1902 – May 22 1967) was an American poet social activist novelist playwright and columnist.

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