Happy birthday Langston Hughes! Today would have been the legendary poet, author, and social activist's 111th birthday.

What better way to kick off Black History month than to honor Hughes and his epic contributions to American literature and art? So we've rounded up some of his best quotes on race, life and love. Nearly a century later, the author's words still resonate and hold relevance today.

Take a look at the slideshow below and let us know your favorite quote in the comments section.

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  • "No woman can be handsome by the force of features alone, any more that she can be witty by only the help of speech."

  • "Life is a system of half-truths and lies, Opportunistic, convenient evasion."

  • "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."

  • "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."

  • "Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."

  • “I swear to the Lord, I still can't see why Democracy means everybody but me. ”

  • "An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose."

  • "Negroes - Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day - They change their mind."