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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:461
AUTHOR:Langston Hughes (1902–67)
QUOTATION: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 lead.

Or does it explode?
ATTRIBUTION:LANGSTON HUGHES, “Harlem,” Selected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 268 (1959).
SUBJECTS:Dreams
 
 
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