Daniel J. Boorstin Quotes

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Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.
— Daniel J. Boorstin

time

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

celebrity

We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety.

fame

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

education

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

example

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

discovery

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
— Daniel J. Boorstin

fame

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.
— Daniel J. Boorstin

knowledge

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
— Daniel J. Boorstin
Best-sellerism is the star system of the book world.  A "best seller" is a celebrity among books.
Books are messengers of freedom.  They can be hidden under a mattress or smuggled into slave nations.

books

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

imagination

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

technology

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

newspapers

The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.

progress

The great obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.

ignorance

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.

God

The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
— Daniel J. Boorstin

knowledge ignorance

The traditional novel form continues to enlarge our experience in those very areas where the wide-angle lens and the Cinerama screen tend to narrow it.

novels

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 place of reality.

illusion

Not so many years ago there was no simpler or more intelligible notion than that of going on a journey. Travel—movement through space—provided the universal metaphor for change.

Travel