Daniel J. Boorstin Quotes

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

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: “The hero created himself; the celebrity is created by the media.”

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

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: “Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.”

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

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

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: “While knowledge is orderly and cumulative, information is random and miscellaneous.”

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.”

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