Inspirational Langston Hughes Quotes

Inspirational Langston Hughes Quotes
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. This post features some Inspirational Langston Hughes Quotes.

He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. He famously wrote about the period that “the negro was in vogue”, which was later paraphrased as “when Harlem was in vogue”.

Inspirational Langston Hughes Quotes

“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

“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

“When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.”
― Langston Hughes

“Life is a egg you have to be patient and carefull with it or it will brake.”
― Langston Hughes

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

“I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.”
― Langston Hughes

“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 quotes

“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

“Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”
― Langston Hughes

“I swear to the Lord,I still can’t see,Why Democracy means,Everybody but me. ”
― Langston Hughes

“Most musicians remain poor. But the music that they make, even if it does not bring them millions, gives millions of people happiness.”
― Langston Hughes

“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
Langston Hughes quotes

“When a man starts out to build a world,
He starts first with himself.”
― Langston Hughes

“I stay cool, and dig all jive,
That’s the way I stay alive.
My motto,
as I live and learn,
Dig and be dug
In return.”
― Langston Hughes

“I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”
― Langston Hughes

“The past has been a mint Of blood and sorrow. That must not be True of tomorrow.”
― Langston Hughes

True anyhow no matter how many
Liars use those words.”
Langston Hughes quotes

“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

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

“I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.”
― 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

“Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death, The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies, We, the people, must redeem The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers. The mountains and the endless plain– All, all the stretch of these great green states– And make America again!”
― 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

“To some people
Love is given,
To others
Only Heaven.”
Langston Hughes quotes

“Gather up In the arms of your love—Those who expect No love from above.”
― 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

“The past has been a mint Of blood and sorrow. That must not be True of tomorrow.”
― Langston Hughes

“Folks, I’m telling you,
birthing is hard
and dying is mean-
so get yourself
a little loving
in between.”
― Langston Hughes

“Gather out of star-dust,
And splinters of hail,
One handful of dream-dust,
Not for sale.”
― Langston Hughes

“Sometimes a crumb falls
From the tables of joy,
Sometimes a bone
Is flung.
To some people
Love is given,
To others
Only heaven.”
― 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

“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 quotes

“Cheap little rhymes
A cheap little tune
Are sometimes as dangerous
As a sliver of the moon.”
― Langston Hughes

“Out of love,
No regrets–
Though the goodness
Be wasted forever.
Out of love,
No regrets–
Though the return
Be never.”
― Langston Hughes

“Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on.”
― 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

“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

“Pleasured equally
In seeking as in finding,
Each detail minding,
Old Walt went seeking
And finding.”
― Langston Hughes

“The calm, Cool face of the river, Asked me for a kiss”
― Langston Hughes

“I asked you, baby,
If you understood-
You told me that you didn’t,
But you thought you would.”
― Langston Hughes

“Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.”
Langston Hughes quotes

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  1. Wow – some amazing quotes here. Thanks so much for sharing them – What an inspirational person he must have been!


  2. Loved teaching about his work to my students. Like this quote of his, from your post–“When a man starts out to build a world,
    He starts first with himself.”
    Good work!


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