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).

“[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

{The book} is an extension of the eye…

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

“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
Medium
Is the
Massage.”

— Marshall McLuhan

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

“And eh—we’re gonna have some questions—but…”

— Marshall McLuhan

Printing {, a ditto device}”

— Marshall McLuhan

Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments.

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 42

“Hollywood is often a fomenter of anti-colonialist revolutions.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Man was given an eye for an ear.

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

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

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

“Should old Aquinas be forgot.”

— 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

“The medium is the mess age.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The envelope please.”

“He also doesn’t make very many value judgements or suggestions about what people should do about these things.”

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

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

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

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

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

Rite words in rote order.

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

“Why should art and culture suddenly become very big business, like big science? The reasons are tied up of the fact that in—that we’re living in an Information Age.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The public consists of separate individuals walking around with separate, fixed points of view. The new [electric] technology demands that we abandon the luxury of this posture, this fragmentary outlook.”

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Address at Vision 65” , p. 12

“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.

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

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

“Uh, professor McLuhan”