Daniel J. Boorstin - Quotes

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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.

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.

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.

An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers. ---->>>

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.'

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.'

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.

Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.

Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.

Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities. ---->>>

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

We read advertisements... to discover and enlarge our desires. We are always ready - even eager - to discover, from the announcement of a new product, what we have all along wanted without really knowing it. ---->>>

I write to discover what I think. After all, the bars aren't open that early. ---->>>

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.

As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves. ---->>>

We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place. ---->>>

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

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

A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.

A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.

The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.

The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.

We need not be theologians to see that we have shifted responsibility for making the world interesting from God to the newspaperman. ---->>>

A best-seller was a book which somehow sold well because it was selling well. ---->>>

The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event. ---->>>

Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands. ---->>>

The most important American addition to the World Experience was the simple surprising fact of America. We have helped prepare mankind for all its later surprises. ---->>>

Reading is like the sex act - done privately, and often in bed. ---->>>

I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one. ---->>>

Nothing is really real unless it happens on television. ---->>>

The force of the advertising word and image dwarfs the power of other literature in the 20th century. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 10-01, 1914
Birthplace:
Die: 02-28, 2004
Occupation: Historian
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Daniel Joseph Boorstin (October 1, 1914 – February 28, 2004) was an American historian at the University of Chicago who wrote on many topics in American and world history. He was appointed the twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress in 1975 and served until 1987. He was instrumental in the creation of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress (wikipedia)