Langston Hughes quotes

Born
February 1, 1902, Joplin, Missouri, U.S.

Died
May 22, 1967.

Occupation
Poet.

Langston Hughes was an American poet.

Writing is like travelling. It’s wonderful to go somewhere, but you get tired of staying.
– Langston Hughes
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
– Langston Hughes
When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.
– Langston Hughes
Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people – the beauty within themselves.
– Langston Hughes
Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.
– Langston Hughes
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
– Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
– 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
My writing has been largely concerned with the depicting of Negro life in America.
– 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
Violent anger makes me physically ill.
– Langston Hughes
In all my life, I have never been free. I have never been able to do anything with freedom, except in the field of my writing.
– 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
I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.
– Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.
– Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode?
– Langston Hughes
I must never write when I do not want to write.
– Langston Hughes