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).

The wheel …is an extension of the foot.

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

“You never knew what was coming next.”

“The end of the line.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“[You know, t]he most favourable moment to seize a man and influence him is when he is alone in the mass.”

— Jacques Ellul, “Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes”

History as she is harped.

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

“McLuhan was able to say ‘The medium is the message’ because he started from no concern with content.”

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

Rite words in rote order.

— James Joyce quoted in “The Gutenberg Galaxy” by Marshall McLuhan and “Explorations” #8 by Marshall McLuhan

“Indeed, even our tests for sanity often assumed that the line is present in nature and, at most, must to be discovered or given visual existence.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The hydrogen bomb is history’s exclamation point. [It ends an age-long sentence of manifest violence!]”

— Marshall McLuhan/narrator

“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

“The word is out!”

“Show me something new; I’ll begin all over again.”

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

“AS MCLUHAN SAYS, EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT ONCE.”

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

“If an ad has become so environmental as to be unperceived, that’s when it’s really doing it’s work.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“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

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

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

{The book} is an extension of the eye…

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

“Professionalism is environmental. Amateurism is anti-environmental.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Can I have the eh…”

“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

The alphabet is an aggressive and militant absorber and transformer of cultures.

— Marshall McLuhan, “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 48

“I done me best when I was let.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“Breakfast is on the table!”

Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.

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

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

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

“From his cool office in Toronto he has taken a whole generation by the scruff of the neck and said look at this problem whether I irritate you into it or seduce you into it. He’s just made a certain kind of awareness.”

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

Clothing, [is] an extension of the skin…

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

The major advances of civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur.

— A.N. Whitehead, “Symbolism: Its Meaning and Effect”

“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

“Conk a dook he’ll do.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

Typography cracked the voices of silence.

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

“Movies are better than ever!”

— Marshall McLuhan

“There’ll probably be some music, but we’ll manage to find a quiet corner where we can talk.”

— Erik Satie, quoted in “Silence: Lectures and Writings” by John Cage

“You is feeling like you was lost in the bush, boy?”

— James Joyce, “Finnigans Wake”