Quotations From DANIEL J BOORSTIN


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  • The world of crime ... is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. The Image, ch. 6 (1961).

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  • The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. The Image, ch. 2 (1961). "In our world of big names," Boorstin wrote, "our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs."
  • Until now when we have started to talk about the uniqueness of America we have almost always ended by comparing ourselves to Europe. Toward her we have felt all the attraction and repulsions of Oedipus.
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. America and the Image of Europe, foreword (1960).

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  • A pseudo-event ... comes about because someone has planned it, planted, or incited it. Typically, it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview.
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. The Image, ch. 1 (1961).
  • The traditional novel form continues to enlarge our experience in those very areas where the wide-angle lens and the Cinerama screen tend to narrow it.
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. The Image, ch. 4 (1961).
  • 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.
    Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914), U.S. historian. "The Exploring Spirit: America and the World Experience," lecture 6, Oct. 1975, Reith Lectures (1976).

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