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).

“I still don’t follow you.”

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.

— Marshall McLuhan, “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 31

“Who are you, are you good enough to eat?”

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

“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

“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

As we begin, so shall we go.

“The thing of it is, we must live with the living.”

— Montaigne, “Of the Art of Conversation” (Book III, Ch. 8.)

“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.

“Speak that I may see you.”

— Marshall McLuhan, “Counterblast” (1954)

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.

— A.N. Whitehead, “Science and the Modern World”

“AS LONG AS ONE HUMAN BEING IS HUNGRY, THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE IS HUNGRY.”

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

“Thanks very much!”

— Marshall McLuhan

“…if you talk with Marshall, the conversations are brilliant, exciting and stimulating.”

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

“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Typography cracked the voices of silence.

— Marshall McLuhan, “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 250

“So the computer offers many advantages besides just the threat to wipe out jobs and provide leisure.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“I do believe it. I really believe it.”

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

“{Growing up—that is our new work, and it is total.} [Mere instruction will not suffice.]”

— Marshall McLuhan, see “Address at Vision 65” , p. 4

“Silence is the unintended sounds of our environment.”

— John Cage, derived from Calvin Tomkins in “The Bride and the Bachelors” and referred to in “Address at Vision 65” , p. 7

“We have now to accept the fact and responsibility that the entire human environment is an artifact. An art form. [Something that can be staged, manipulated, like showbiz.]”

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Address at Vision 65” , p. 6

“The total environment is now the great teacher.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Whence did the wond’rous mystic art arise, Of painting SPEECH, and speaking to the eyes? That we by tracing magic lines are taught, How to embody, and to colour THOUGHT?”

— translation of Brébeuf’s verse translation of Lucan’s “Pharsalia” in “The Origin and Progress of Writing” by Thomas Astle

“I must have been delirious, for I even sought amusement in speculating upon the relative velocities of their several descents towards the foam below.”

— Edgar Allen Poe, “A Descent into the Maelstrom” as quoted in “The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man”, p. v

“Can I have the eh…”

Printing {, a ditto device}”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all.”

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

“Learning, the educational process, has long been associated only with the glum.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.

— Marshall McLuhan, “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 22

“SHE WAS INDIGNANT WHEN I SUGGESTED THE USE OF AN APHRODISIAC. WHY? NATURALLY SHE CONSIDERS TV A WASTE OF TIME.”

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

“Cool” means identification with the creative process.”

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

Develop A
Powerful
Memory?

— advertisement by “Memory Studies”

“Hooray!”

“The shock of recognition!”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Now all the world’s a sage.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Some of them looked pretty good in them.”

“Take it easy, but take it.”

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

Clothing, [is] an extension of the skin…

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 129

“At alls will?”

“Where is A, it precedes B, and B follows A, and precedes C.”

— Bertrand Russell, “The Prinicple of Individuation” in “Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits”

“This is another peculiar feature of electric technology; it tends toward decentralized, tailor-made, custom-built servicing.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“In a world or profound involvement, identity seems to evaporate.”

— Marshall McLuhan

{The book} is an extension of the eye…

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 368

“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

“AS MCLUHAN SAYS, EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT ONCE.”

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