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Langston Hughes

Datum narození: 1. únor 1902
Datum úmrtí: 22. květen 1967
Další jména: James Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes byl americký básník, sociální aktivista, romanopisec, dramatik a publicista, představitel harlemské renesance.

Citáty Langston Hughes


„Jen bouřky a vlny dávají moři duši a život.“

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


„Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.“
The Collected Poems

„Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.“

„I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.“

„Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.“

„Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.

I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.“

„I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.“


„I loved my friend
He went away from me
There's nothing more to say
The poem ends,
Soft as it began-
I loved my friend.“

„Looks like what drives me crazy
Don't have no effect on you--
But I'm gonna keep on at it
Till it drives you crazy, too.“
Selected Poems

„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 load.

Or does it explode?“
The Collected Poems

„Folks, I'm telling you,
birthing is hard
and dying is mean-
so get yourself
a little loving
in between.“


„I stay cool, and dig all jive,
That's the way I stay alive.
My motto,
as I live and learn,
is
Dig and be dug
In return.“

„Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die
life is a broken-winged bird
that can not fly.

Hold fast to dreams
for when dreams go
life is a barren field
frozen with snow.“
The Collected Poems

„Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows,
Help us to see
That without the dust the rainbow
Would not be.“

„I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.“

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