469 Total Quotes

American Historian 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."
Daniel Boorstin Permalink
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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 Permalink
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It would be inaccurate to say that Churchill and I conversed. Like Gladstone speaking to Victoria, he addressed me as though I were a one-man House of Commons. It was superb.
William Manchester Permalink
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In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
Will Durant Permalink
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Christopher Lasch
Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
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We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.
John Franklin Permalink
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I would not fear nor wish my fate, but boldly say each night, to-morrow let my sun his beams display, or in clouds hide them; I have lived today.
Abraham Cowley Permalink
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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
Daniel Boorstin Permalink
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If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.
Howard Zinn Permalink
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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 Permalink
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A best-seller was a book which somehow sold well because it was selling well.
Daniel Boorstin Permalink
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The New England conscience does not stop you from doing what you shouldn't-it just stops you from enjoying it.
Cleveland Amory Permalink
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There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
Howard Zinn Permalink
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If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself.
Arthur Schlesinger Permalink
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Christopher Lasch
The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
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Books are humanity in print.
Barbara Tuchman Permalink
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An apt quotation is like a lamp which flings its light over the whole sentence.
Letitia Landon Permalink
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Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman Permalink
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Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
Howard Zinn Permalink
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It is ironic that the United States should have been founded by intellectuals, for throughout most of our political history, the intellectual has been for the most part either an outsider, a servant or a scapegoat.
Richard Hofstadter Permalink
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In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.
Carter Woodson Permalink
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As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.
Cleveland Amory Permalink
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Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Will Durant Permalink
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The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel Boorstin Permalink
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Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition: with it we are great, generous, and true; without it, we are little, false, and mean.
Letitia Landon Permalink
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War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
Barbara Tuchman Permalink
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The force of the advertising word and image dwarfs the power of other literature in the 20th century.
Daniel Boorstin Permalink
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The greatest obstacle to those who hope to reform American education is complacency.
Diane Ravitch Permalink
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Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.
Daniel Boorstin Permalink
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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 Permalink
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