1. "A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief." Happy Birthday Franz Kafka 

    "A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief." Happy Birthday Franz Kafka 

  2. To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
    To gain all while you give,
    To roam the roads of lands remote,
    To travel is to live.

    — Hans Christian Andersen, born today in 1805.

  3. But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.


    Ernest Hemingway

    The literary novelist, Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Many of his works were inspired by his time as a  volunteer ambulance driver for the Red Cross during World War I where he was wounded by mortar fire. During the 1920s he lived in Paris and was part of an expatriate group of artists and writers such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.

    Some of his most notable works include The Sun Also RisesA Farewell to Armsand The Old Man and the Sea. You can check out these novels and Hemingway’s other works at your local NYPL branch

  4. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.


    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

    To Kill a Mockingbird was published 53 years ago today! Be sure to check out this classic children’s novel from your local NYPL branch. And, don’t forget to visit the main branch on 5th Avenue and 42nd street to see To Kill a Mockingbird and hundreds of other classic children’s books at ”The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” exhibit!

  5. What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.

    — Alfred Hitchcock (via penamerican)

  6. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

    — Dr. Seuss

  7. When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is the great equalizer.

    — Keith Richards

    (Source: nypl.org)

  8. Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.

    — Gustave Flaubert

    (Source: brainyquote.com)

  9. Freedom not power is the greatest good. That man is truly free who desires what he is able to perform, and does what he desires.

    — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in Emile. Come to “Occupy Rousseau: Inequality and Social Justice" at LIVE from the NYPL on Friday for more discussion.

  10. No man has a right to monopolize more than he can enjoy.

    — Percy Bysshe Shelley, in Declaration of Rights. Learn more about Shelley at Shelley’s Ghost, at the NYPL through June 24.