Langston Hughes Quotes.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I live in Harlem, New York City. I am unmarried. I like ‘Tristan,’ goat’s milk, short novels, lyric poems, heat, simple folk, boats and bullfights; I dislike ‘Aida,’ parsnips, long novels, narrative poems, cold, pretentious folk, buses and bridges.
Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.
When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.
Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.
I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
My chief literary influences have been Paul Laurence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman. My favorite public figures include Jimmy Durante, Marlene Dietrich, Mary McLeod Bethune, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marian Anderson, and Henry Armstrong.
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
One of the great needs of Negro children is to have books about themselves and their lives that can help them be proud.
My writing has been largely concerned with the depicting of Negro life in America.
Writing is like travelling. It’s wonderful to go somewhere, but you get tired of staying.
Even the ‘Negro’ shows like ‘Amos and Andy’ and ‘Beulah’ are written largely by white writers – the better to preserve the stereotypes, I imagine.
An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.
Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people – the beauty within themselves.