Langston Hughes Quotes

I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.

Come, Let us roam the night together singing, I love you. Across The Harlem roof-tops Moon is shining. Night sky is blue. Stars are great drops Of golden dew. Down the street A band is playing… Come, Let us roam the night together Singing.

Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.

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

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 lead. Or does it explode?

Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly, Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams go, Life is a barren field, Frozen with snow.

I swear to the Lord I still can’t see Why Democracy means Everybody but me.

I will not take “but” for an answer.

Negroes – Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day – They change their mind.

I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to the kitchen when company comes But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong.