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Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Planning for the future without a sense of history is like planting cut flowers.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire PR officers.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Throught human history, illusions of knowledge, not ignorance, have proven to be the principal obstacles to discovery.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “By reading we discover our world, our history, and ourselves.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The hero created himself; the celebrity is created by the media.”
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.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The fog of information can drive out knowledge.”
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.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The most promising words ever written on the maps of human knowledge are terra incognita, unknown territory.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “While knowledge is orderly and cumulative, information is random and miscellaneous.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Disagreement produces debate but dissent produces dissension.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “If our knowledge is, as I believe, only an island in an infinite sea of ignorance, how can we in our short lifetime find satisfaction in exploring our little island? How can we persuade ourselves to be exhilarated by our meager knowledge and yet not be discouraged by the ocean vistas?”
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.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The Republic of Technology where we will be living is a feedback world.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Books are messengers of freedom. They can be hidden under a mattress or smuggled into slave nations.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “There was a time when the reader of an unexciting newspaper would remark, ‘How dull is the world today!’ Nowadays he says, ‘What a dull newspaper!’”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “It is very unlikely that the computer will displace the books, except in areas where we need information speedily.”
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.”
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.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sight-seeing.’”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “A celebrity is a person known for his well-knownness. Celebrities intensify their celebrity images simply by being well known for relations among themselves. By a kind of symbiosis, celebrities live off each other.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Never have people been more the masters of their environment. Yet never has a people felt more deceived and disappointed. For never has a people expected so much more than the world could offer.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Dispersed as the Jews are, they still form one nation, foreign to the land they live in.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The traditional novel form continues to enlarge our experience in those very areas where the wide-angle lens and the Cinema screen tend to narrow it.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “There is no disinfectant like success.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “God is the celebrity author of the world’s best seller. We have made god into the biggest celebrity of all, to contain our own emptiness.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The Christian test was a willingness to believe in the one Jesus Christ and His Message of salvation. What was demanded was not criticism but credulity. The Church Fathers observed that in the realm of thought only heresy had a history.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The hero was distinguished by his achievement; the celebrity by his name or trademark.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Climaxing a movement for calendar reform which had been developing for at least a century, in 1582 Pope Gregory ordained that October 4 was to be followed by October 15.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Each living art object, taken out of its native habitat so we can conveniently gaze at it, is like an animal in a zoo. Something about it has died in the removal.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “In America, communities existed before governments. There were many groups of people with a common sense of purpose and a feeling of duty to one another before there were political institutions.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “More appealing than knowledge itself is the feeling of knowledge.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “When I was living in England I found that the more I lived abroad, the more American I discovered I was.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “We must abandon the prevalent belief in the superior wisdom of the ignorant.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Jeffersonian isolationism expressed an essentially cosmopolitan spirit. The Jeffersonian was determined – even at the expense of separating himself from the rest of the globe, and even though he be charged with provincial selfishness – to preserve America as an uncontaminated laboratory.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “The institutional scene in which American man has developed has lacked that accumulation from intervening stages which has been so dominant a feature of the European landscape.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “When the necessary eleven days were added, George Washington’s birthday, which fell on February 11, 1731, Old Style, became February 22, 1732, New Style.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Any government which made the welfare of men depend on the character of their governors was an illusion.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “What preoccupies us, then, is not God as a fact of nature, but as a fabrication useful for a God-fearing society. God himself becomes not a power but an image.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Standing, standing, standing – why do I have to stand all the time? That is the main characteristic of social Washington.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “While the Jeffersonian did not flatly deny the Creator’s power to perform miracles, he admired His refusal to do so.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “While the easiest way in metaphysics is to condemn all metaphysics as nonsense, the easiest way in morals is to elevate the common practice of the community into a moral absolute.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “Water, that wonderful, flowing medium, the luck of the planet – which would serve humankind in so many ways, and which would give our planet a special character.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “American civilization, from its beginnings, had combined a dogmatic confidence in the future with a naive puzzlement over what the future might bring.”
Daniel J. Boorstin Quote: “History had been man’s effort to accomodate himself to what he could not do. Amereican history in the 20th century would, more than ever before, test man’s ability to accomodate himself to all the new things he could do.”
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