Inspirational Quotes Series: Langston Hughes

Hold onto dreams

For if dreams die

Life is like a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow

~~ Langston Hughes

As we move into another new year and (re)new(ed) you, let’s take this quote as seriously inspired chow for the soul.

This poem is intended to be hummed as a song would be, but without musical accompaniment. Langston Hughes was a key member of the Harlem Renaissance. This is a crucial part of African-American history that must not be forgotten. Some of you may be familiar with his That Powerful Drop from “Simple Takes A Wife”. Given how he spoke of his father’s disdain for blacks, I wonder about the irony at play with a piece that exemplifies the strength of race as a social construct and cultural tie.

His influence continues as the Langston Hughes Institute in Buffalo, New York plans to rehabilitate buildings in an area that needs revitalization to open a new cultural center in 2013.


Check out other words of encouragement from the series:

Donatella Versace

Dan Coopersmith

Mary McLoed Bethune

Joseph Pilates


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Carrie Wilkerson

Winston Churchill

Steve Jobs

BB King

Van Gogh

Della Reese



Joni Mitchell

I hadn’t realized I had posted this many quotes until compiling them. As always, take what resonates with you and discard the rest. Perhaps if you come back to it, the meaning will work better another time.

Coming in 2012, Inspirational Quotes from: ee cumings, zora neale hurston, ghandi, stephen covey and more!

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