Quotes by Daniel J. Boorstin

Daniel J. Boorstin

American historian

Alive from: 1914-

Category: History and sociology

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    A sign of celebrity is often that their name is worth more than their services.
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    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.
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    Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
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    The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration. From the cautious quest for what they knew (or thought they knew) was out there, into an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown. These are two substantially different kinds of human enterprise.
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    The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
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    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.
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    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.
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    The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
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    Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.
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    We need not be theologians to see that we have shifted responsibility for making the world interesting from God to the newspaperman.
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    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.
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    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.
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