A sign of a celebrity is often that his name is worth more than his services.
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (1961) [Vintage, 1992, ISBN 0-679-74180-1], p. 220.
We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions.Daniel J. Boorstin
Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.Daniel J. Boorstin
I write to discover what I think. After all, the bars aren't open that early.Daniel J. Boorstin
The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.Daniel J. Boorstin
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.Daniel J. Boorstin
The Republic of Technology where we will be living is a feedback world.Daniel J. Boorstin
The institutional scene in which American man has developed has lacked that accumulation from intervening stages which has been so dominant a feature of the European landscape.Daniel J. Boorstin
While the Jeffersonian did not flatly deny the Creator's power to perform miracles, he admired His refusal to do so.Daniel J. Boorstin
While the easiest way in metaphysics is to condemn all metaphysics as nonsense, the easiest way in morals is to elevate the common practice of the community into a moral absolute.Daniel J. Boorstin
The variety of minds served the economy of nature in many ways. The Creator, who designed the human brain for activity, had insured the restlessness of all minds by enabling no single one to envisage all the qualities of the creation. Since no one by himself could aspire to a serene knowledge of the whole truth, all men had been drawn into an active, exploratory and cooperative attitude.Daniel J. Boorstin
Jefferson refused to pin his hopes on the occasional success of honest and unambitious men; on the contrary, the great danger was that philosophers would be lulled into complacence by the accidental rise of a Franklin or a Washington. Any government which made the welfare of men depend on the character of their governors was an illusion.Daniel J. Boorstin
Jeffersonian isolationism expressed an essentially cosmopolitan spirit. The Jeffersonian was determined — even at the expense of separating himself from the rest of the globe, and even though he be charged with provincial selfishness — to preserve America as an uncontaminated laboratory.Daniel J. Boorstin
A celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.Daniel J. Boorstin
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 "sightseeing."Daniel J. Boorstin
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