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Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.

— Daniel J. Boorstin



Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.”

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.”

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.”

As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Planning for the future without a sense of history is like planting cut flowers.”

Planning for the future without a sense of history is like planting cut flowers.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Throught human history, illusions of knowledge, not ignorance, have proven to be the principal obstacles to discovery.”

Throught human history, illusions of knowledge, not ignorance, have proven to be the principal obstacles to discovery.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire PR officers.”

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire PR officers.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The hero created himself; the celebrity is created by the media.”

The hero created himself; the celebrity is created by the media.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “By reading we discover our world, our history, and ourselves.”

By reading we discover our world, our history, and ourselves.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The fog of information can drive out knowledge.”

The fog of information can drive out knowledge.

— Daniel J. Boorstin



Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.”

Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.”

I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The most promising words ever written on the maps of human knowledge are terra incognita, unknown territory.”

The most promising words ever written on the maps of human knowledge are terra incognita, unknown territory.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.”

Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Disagreement produces debate but dissent produces dissension.”

Disagreement produces debate but dissent produces dissension.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Our discontent begins by finding false villains whom we can accuse of deceiving us. Next we find false heroes whom we expect to liberate us. The hardest, most discomfiting discovery is that each of us must emancipate himself.”

Our discontent begins by finding false villains whom we can accuse of deceiving us. Next we find false heroes whom we expect to liberate us. The hardest, most discomfiting discovery is that each of us must emancipate himself.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The Republic of Technology where we will be living is a feedback world.”

The Republic of Technology where we will be living is a feedback world.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “While knowledge is orderly and cumulative, information is random and miscellaneous.”

While knowledge is orderly and cumulative, information is random and miscellaneous.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The traveler used to go about the world to encounter the natives. A function of travel agencies now is to prevent this encounter.”

The traveler used to go about the world to encounter the natives. A function of travel agencies now is to prevent this encounter.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The hero was distinguished by his achievement; the celebrity by his image or trademark. The hero created himself; the celebrity is created by the media. The hero was a big man; the celebrity is a big name.”

The hero was distinguished by his achievement; the celebrity by his image or trademark. The hero created himself; the celebrity is created by the media. The hero was a big man; the celebrity is a big name.

— Daniel J. Boorstin


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