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Daniel J. Boorstin Quotes

An American historian, professor, attorney, and writer.
(1914 - 2004)

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

A celebrity is a person known for his well-knownness. Celebrities intensify their celebrity images simply by being well known for relations among themselves. By a kind of symbiosis, celebrities live off each other.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Best-sellerism is the star system of the book world. A (best-seller) is a celebrity among books. It is a book known primarily (sometimes exclusively) for its well-knownness.

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

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.

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

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

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

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

Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.

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

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

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

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

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