Langston Hughes Quotes

Most popular Langston Hughes Quotes

Money and art
are far apart.

money art

She wears her morals like a loose garment.
— Langston Hughes

morals

Never look for a worm in the apple of your eye.
— Langston Hughes

parenting

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
— Langston Hughes

humor

Humour is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
— Langston Hughes

humor

I swear to the Lord
I still can't see
Why democracy means
Everybody but me.

African-Americans democracy

When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.

caring

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

dreams

In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan.
— Langston Hughes

blues

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

humor

De railroad bridge's
A sad song in de air.
Every time de trains pass
I wants to go somewhere.
— Langston Hughes
A dog gets lonesome just like a human.  He wants to associate with other dogs, but when they take him out, the poor dog is on a leash and cannot run around.

dogs

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
— Langston Hughes

America

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it . . . what you wish in your secret heart were not funny, but it is, and you must laugh.  Humor is your own unconscious therapy.

humor

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

dreams