Langston Hughes was a poet, novelist, and social activist from Missouri, US. He was born on February 1, 1901. Hughes was well-known as one of the founders of jazz poetry. His most remarkable piece was called “the Negro was in vogue”, which was reworded as “when Harlem was in vogue.” I will later list the most inspiring and popular Langston Hughes quotes but first, let’s get to know him first.
He started writing as a columnist in various publications in New York while also studying at Columbia University, then finished at Lincoln University.
Hughes also wrote short stories and playrights. He started his social activism for Black people in the popular black newspaper “The Chicago Defender”. He was a close friend of Walt Whitman who believed that Langston was a homosexual. However, this was never confirmed nor denied by Hughes.
COMPILATION OF LANGSTON HUGHES QUOTES AND CAPTIONS
Enjoy these quotes from Langston Hughes. Check out his poetry book.
“I will not take ‘but’ for an answer.”
“Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”
“We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line.”
“Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.”
“I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.”
“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.”
“Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.”
“A dream deferred is a dream denied.”
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”
“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go if you really want to go.”
I hope you found this list of Langston Hughes quotes collection helpful.