The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it’s the illusion of knowledge. Thoughtful quotes

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The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it’s the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel J. Boorstin

Daniel Joseph Boorstin was a historian, professor, attorney, and writer.

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Daniel J. Boorstin was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1914. He studied at Harvard, won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, and was admitted to the English bar. He became professor of American history at the University of Chicago and director of the National Museum of History and Technology.

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He taught at the University of Chicago for 25 years, and served as librarian of the US Congress for 12 years. He published more than 20 books.
His books became bestsellers, and had an immense influence.
Boorstin’s works saw America as a place where citizens could find new ways of creating communities that lived out the meaning and mission of America.Boorstin saw America as “a place of renewal, of new beginnings for nations and for man,” where we “work together in community while we all reach to the open horizon”

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He was also a master of epigram and aphorism.

From 1969 to 1973 Boorstin directed the National Museum of History and Technology at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and in 1975 he was appointed librarian of Congress.Boorstin served in the post until 1987, and during his tenure public use of the Library of Congress more than doubled.

Daniel Boorstin died on Feb. 28, 2004; he was 89 years old. His successor as Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, eulogized him as “a great American,” a key figure “in the coming of age of our Nation’s Capital,” and “a matchless chronicler of the uniqueness, the innovative spirit and the everyday practicality of our shared American experience.” (JYC)

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Most Popular Daniel Joseph’s books

  • The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination.
  • The Seekers: The Story of Man’s Continuing Quest to Understand His World
  • The Americans ( a trilogy on intellectual and social history, divided into The Colonial Experience, The National Experience and The Democratic Experience).
  • Cleopatra’s Nose: Essays on the Unexpected.
  • The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself
  • The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson
  • America and the Image of Europe

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