Quote query: Where did Boorstin write this?


Daniel Boorstin, Librarian of Congress, Information Bulletin January 2003

Daniel Boorstin, Librarian of Congress, Information Bulletin January 2003

According to several sources, Daniel Boorstin, the late historian and former Librarian of Congress, wrote:

I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.

Does anyone know in what book or essay, or speech, he wrote or said that, and when?

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2 Responses to Quote query: Where did Boorstin write this?

  1. [...] In an earlier post I asked about the origins of this quote, and a reader capable of searching well gave us a good enough citation:   Daniel Boorstin, the late historian and former Librarian of Congress, wrote: [...]

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  2. j a higginbotham says:

    possibly “The Amateur Spirit”
    by Daniel Boorstin
    from Living Philosophies ed by clifton fadiman, 1989 or 1990 [http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/amateur/amateur.html]

    see also reprint in The Daniel J. Boorstin reader
    By Daniel Joseph Boorstin, Ruth Frankel Boorstin
    1995 p 902?

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