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Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be. ...
by Daniel J. Boorstin

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Related topics: Politics

Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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

 

As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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

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

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

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource,
adding color and suspense to all our life.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.
- 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 "sight-seeing."
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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

We need not be theologians to see that we have shifted
responsibility for making the world interesting from God to the newspaperman.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some hire public relations officers.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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

The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic,
uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

The Divine Plan is one of Freedom.
The inherent nature of man is ever seeking
to express itself in terms of freedom,
because freedom is the birthright of every living soul.
- Ernest Holmes

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one can give you freedom but you.
- Byron Katie

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
- Lao-Tzu

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side
of every fear is a freedom.
- Marilyn Ferguson

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

Freedom lies in being bold.
- Robert Frost

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

We are free only if we face the challenge of freedom,
do the work of freedom, fight the fight of freedom
and die the death for freedom.
- Charles G. Adams

Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make,
both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control
the process of choosing, you can take control
of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom
that comes from being in charge of yourself.
- Robert Foster Bennett

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

The revelation of thought takes men
out of servitude into freedom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life
in which chance has placed us,
but is always the result of a good conscience,
good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
- Thomas Jefferson

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey

The price of freedom for a nation is lives and money.
Often, the price of freedom for an individual
is challenging the closed minds of family and friend.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you become centered, suddenly there is great freedom
because you know you are not the mind and you are not the body.
- Osho

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest.
Man is the highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Freedom is never dear at any price.
It is the breath of life.
What would a man not pay for living?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We must be free not because we claim freedom,
but because we practice it.
- William Faulkner

Freedom is from within.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

Independence of nation begins with independence of self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere,
and many of us will have to pass
through the valley of the shadow of death
again and again before we reach
the mountaintop of our desires.
- Nelson Mandela

You can chain me, you can torture me,
you can even destroy this body,
but you will never imprison my mind.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being.
With freedom comes responsibility.
For the person who is unwilling to grow up,
the person who does not want to carry is own weight,
this is a frightening prospect.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert


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