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Daniel J. Boorstin
October 1, 1914 - February 28, 2004
Nationality: American
Category: Historian
Subcategory: American Historian

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


Reading is like the sex act - done privately, and often in bed.


I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.


Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.


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


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


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.


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


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


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

    Topics: Education

The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.


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


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.


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.


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


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


Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.


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.


As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.


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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