Langston Hughes quotes are very poetic in origin and deal with life experiences. Despite being actively involved in the rights of others, his quotes focus more on his artistry. There is a belief that he privately influenced Martin Luther King Jr. and during this time other men like Marcus Garvey had made their mark on society.
James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American social activist, playwright, poet, columnist, and novelist. His love for poetry brought him together with another popular poet in his day, Maya Angelou. He was more famous for his writing about the social norms at that time. Below are a number of quotes from him.
“Hold fast to dreams,
“Life is for the living.
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”
“I went down to the river,
“Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.”
“Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
“I loved my friend
“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”
“Looks like what drives me crazy
“Folks, I'm telling you,birthing is hard and dying is mean- so get yourself a little loving in between.”
“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.”
“Hold fast to dreams
“Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows, Help us to see.
“I, too, sing America.
“Though you may hear me holler,
“So since I'm still here livin',
“I swear to the Lord,I still can't see,Why Democracy means,Everybody but me.”
“I've known rivers:
“Gather out of star-dust,
“...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,....”
“I asked you, baby,
“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”
“Good morning, Revolution: You're the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on”
“I've known rivers:
“I tire so of hearing people say,
“The calm, Cool face of the river, Asked me for a kiss”
“Bond selection is primarily a negative art. It is a process of exclusion and rejection, rather than of search and acceptance.”
“When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.”
“Believing everything she read
“The sea is a desert of waves,
A wilderness of water.”
“I am so tired of waiting.
“I dream a world where man
“America is a dream.
“Life is a egg you have to be patient and carefull with it or it will brake.”
“My old man's a white old man
“I wish the rent Was heaven sent.”
“Most musicians remain poor. But the music that they make, even if it does not bring them millions, gives millions of people happiness.”
“I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.”
Langston Hughes quotes have left an indelible mark on black people who struggled with poverty and inequality. He lived in a time when many men fought tooth and nail to see a better life for all men. I hope his art and intent leave something that all readers can take with them that motivates and inspire.