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Sign: New York - Library Walk - Quote from "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius

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2-22 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017, USA
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Everything is only for a day, both that which remembers and that which is remembered.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (A.D. 121-180), Meditations

[Gregg LeFevre Signature]
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The Library Walk, is a venture launched in 1996 by the New York Public Library, Grand Central Partnership and New Yorker Magazine, in which are embedded in bronze plaques quotes from well-known books, or those dealing with books and literature. The panels designed by artist Gregg LeFevre were laid in 1998 from the New York Public Library building along 41st Street.

The plaque contains a quote from the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus in his philosophical book "Meditations".
The book is written as diary pages, which is probably why the artist chose to present an imaginary page from the diary of Marcus Aurelius that is displayed in the format of contemporary calendars.
The events in the diary reflect the agenda of the emperor-philosopher, as can be found: trip to Pompei new construction ?, Appear at Colosseum games ?, All day work on meditation, Check out new chariot, Pose for Campidoglio sculpture, Stoic meeting (Marcus Aurelius was a follower of the Stoic school focusing on good versus evil, and at the end of the diary: August 31 - Review Schedule with Gregg LeFevre (where the artist’s signature appears)



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