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Daniel Boorstin Quotes

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."
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#American Historian

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

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
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#American Historian

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.
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#Fame #Celebrity

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.
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A best-seller was a book which somehow sold well because it was selling well.
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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.
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#Dreams #America

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.
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#Design

The improved American highway system isolated the American-in-transit. On his speedway he had no contact with the towns which he by-passed. If he stopped for food or gas, he was served no local fare or local fuel, but had one of Howard Johnson's nationally branded ice cream flavors, and so many gallons of Exxon. This vast ocean of superhighways was nearly as free of culture as the sea traversed by the Mayflower Pilgrims.
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#Automobile

The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
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#American Historian

The force of the advertising word and image dwarfs the power of other literature in the 20th century.
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#American Historian #Advertising

The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all.
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#Travel And Tourism

Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.
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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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#American Historian #Ancestors

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

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

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

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.
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#Discovery

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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#American Historian

I write to discover what I think. After all, the bars aren't open that early.
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#American Historian

The most refined skills of color printing, the intricate techniques of wide-angle photography, provide us pictures of trivia bigger and more real than life. We forget that we see trivia and notice only that the reproduction is so good. Man fulfils his dream and by photographic magic produces a precise image of the Grand Canyon. The result is not that he adores nature or beauty the more. Instead he adores his camera -- and himself.
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#Photography

Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.
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#American Historian

Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.
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#American Historian #Celebrity

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