Top 10 Langston Hughes Quotes

James Mercer Langston Hughes(February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American writer during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. He wrote poems, plays, and newspaper columns. Some of his most famous works include “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and “Montage of a Dream Deferred.”

Here are the top ten greatest quotes:

I.

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

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II.

When a man starts out to build a world, he starts first with himself.

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III.

I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.

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IV.

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

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V.

Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows, help us see that without the dust the rainbow would not be.

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VI.

I am so tired of waiting. Aren’t you, for the world to become good and beautiful and kind? Let us take a knife and cut the world in two – and see what worms are eating at the rind.

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VII.

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

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VIII.

A dream deferred is a dream denied.

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IX.

The past has been a mint of blood and sorrow. That must not be true of tomorrow.

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X.

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

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Thank you Langston Hughes!

Interesting Langston Hughes Facts:

  • He studied engineering before writing.
  • He wrote many children books, novels, short stories, two autobiographies, and over 800 poems.

What are some of your favorite quotes?

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