If you are in midtown Manhattan, try to make your way to 41st Street, between Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue, for a glimpse of delightful expressions about books, writing and life. Known as Library Way, this series of bronze placards calls out notable words from famed authors that include Thomas Jefferson, Ernest Hemingway and Langston Hughes. Click here to read the full catalog of quotes. Once you have finished (if you are moving east to west), you will be rewarded with a view of the impressive main library building and the pair of lions, Patience and Fortitude, that guard the door. Time permitting, go inside for a tour of the public reading rooms or to visit the gift store.
On my recent trip to New York City, I took snapshots of as many of the plaques as I could. Unfortunately, it’s hard to stop and ponder during the day with so many individuals busily walking to a final destination. Selecting a favorite is likewise a challenge. One I especially like is by Emily Dickinson and reads “A word is dead when it is said some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”