James Langston Hughes

1902 - 1967

A Quote by James Langston Hughes on soul and world

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I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in Human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

Source: The Negro Speaks of Rivers, 1926

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A Quote by James Langston Hughes

Quick, sunrise, come! Sunrise out of Africa, Quick, come!

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

Source: Junior Addict, 1967

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A Quote by James Langston Hughes on art, change, duty, force, and people

It is the duty of the younger Negro artist . . . to change through the force of his art that old whispering "I want to be white," hidden in the aspirations of his people, to "Why should I want to be white? I am a Negro - and beautiful!"

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

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A Quote by James Langston Hughes on satisfaction

I got the Weary Blues And I can't be satisfied.

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

Source: The Weary Blues, 1926

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A Quote by James Langston Hughes on birds, death, dreams, and life

Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly.

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

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A Quote by James Langston Hughes on freedom

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I am the American heartbreak- The rock on which Freedom Stumped its toe.

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

Source: American Heartbreak, 1951

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A Quote by James Langston Hughes on justice

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Negro blood is sure powerful - because just one drop of black blood makes a colored man. One drop - you are a Negro! . . . Black is powerful.

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

Source: Simple Takes a Wife, 1953

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A Quote by James Langston Hughes on rest

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Rest a pale evening . . . A tall slim tree . . . Night coming tenderly Black like me.

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

Source: Dream Variations, 1926

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A Quote by James Langston Hughes

I will not take "but" for an answer.

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

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A Quote by James Langston Hughes

Wear it Like a banner For the proud- Not like a shroud.

James Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

Source: Color, 1943

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