Boorstin Proverbs

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"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers." Daniel Boorstin
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"Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models. We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great. We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety." Daniel Boorstin
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Celebrity    Fame   

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"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." Daniel Boorstin
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"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 Boorstin
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"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 tortur" Daniel Boorstin
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"America has been a land of dreams. A land where the aspirations of people from countries cluttered with rich, cumbersome, aristocratic, ideological pasts can reach for what once seemed unattainable. Here they have tried to make dreams come true. Yet now... we are threatened by a new and particularly American menace. It is not the menace of class war, of ideology, of poverty, of disease, of illiteracy, or demagoguery, or of tyranny, though these now plague most of the world. It is the menace of unreality." Daniel Boorstin
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"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 Boorstin
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"Of all the nations in the world, the United States was built in nobody's image. It was the land of the unexpected, of unbounded hope, of ideals, of quest for an unknown perfection. It is all the more unfitting that we should offer ourselves in images. And all the more fitting that the images which we make wittingly or unwittingly to sell America to the world should come back to haunt and curse us." Daniel Boorstin
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"A best-seller was a book which somehow sold well because it was selling well." Daniel Boorstin
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"A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you." Daniel Boorstin
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American Historian    Bed   

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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." Daniel Boorstin
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American Historian    God   

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"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge." Daniel J. Boorstin
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"Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands." Daniel Boorstin
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"Reading is like the sex act-done privately, and often in bed." Daniel Boorstin
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"In fast-moving, progress-conscious America, the consumer expects to be dizzied by progress. If he could completely understand advertising jargon he would be badly disappointed. The half-intelligibility which we expect, or even hope, to find in the latest product language personally reassures each of us that progress is being made: that the pace exceeds our ability to follow." Daniel Boorstin
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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." Daniel Boorstin
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"The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event." Daniel Boorstin
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"When they built this building they were afraid to say that beauty is truth for fear that it wouldn't be by the time it was completed." Daniel Boorstin
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"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." Daniel Boorstin
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American Historian    Education   

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