Quotes from the website

This is the Quotes From The Website category.

All quotes by Marshall McLuhan and others from “The Medium is the Massage” (the lecture, the book, the film, the magazine and/or the record, single and remix).

“A strange bond often exists among anti-social types in their power to see environments as they really are.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“When
these
ratios
change,
men change.

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Address at Vision 65” , p. 9 and “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 98

“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us…”

— John Culkin, “A Schoolman’s Guide to Marshall McLuhan” (The Saturday Review)

A ditto, ditto device

“Lights, camera, no action. Hollywood is host to Premier Khrushchev.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“{And} who are you?” [said the Caterpillar.]”

— Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

“A fact of interplay.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“With Kiss. Kiss Criss. Cross Criss. Kiss Cross.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“David Ogilvy, the advertiser, tends to begin all of his memos with …”

— discussion in the serie ‘Word Count’ on WBAI-FM with John Culkin and Quentin Fiore. Moderator: Samuel Blazer.

“Are you living in today’s world?”

— narrator

“1-2, 1-2-3-4”

Man was given an eye for an ear.

— Marshall McLuhan, “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 26

“Conk a dook he’ll do.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“Uh-ah.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“We don’t know who discovered water, but we’re pretty sure it wasn’t the fish.”

— John Culkin, quoted by Howard Gossage in “Ramparts Magazine”, April 1966, p. 37

“The medium is the mass age, great!”

“… Marshall himself says all he does is describing—prescribing.”

— discussion in the serie ‘Word Count’ on WBAI-FM with John Culkin and Quentin Fiore. Moderator: Samuel Blazer.

“The ‘content’ of any medium [/technology] is always [/inevitably] another medium [—the older technology].”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Advertisements are all good; the news is all bad.”

— Marshall McLuhan, see “Address at Vision 65” , p. 8

“The shock of recognition!”

— Marshall McLuhan

“AS MCLUHAN SAYS, EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT ONCE.”

— John Cage, “Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)”

“[Robert Oppenheimer was fond of saying:] There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoted by Marshall McLuhan in “Address at Vision 65”, p. 12

“Hooray!”

“Cool” means identification with the creative process.”

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 24

“If I don’t smoke, someone else will…”

— Erik Satie quoted in “Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)” by John Cage

“Nothing can be further from the spirit of the new technology than “a place for everything and everything in its place.” You can’t go home again.”

— Marshall McLuhan

The wheel …is an extension of the foot.

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 46

“And this is called non-objective abstract art. Now you see it, now you don’t see it. And so on.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The artist, the enema of society, points out things that many people would prefer not to notice.”

— Marshall McLuhan

History as she is harped.

— Harry Levin, “James Joyce” (“The Atlantic” #178) and “Explorations” #8 by Marshall McLuhan