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).

“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

“Environments are invisible. Their groundrules, pervasive structure, and overall patterns elude easy perception.”

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 8

“…a mother, a father, two children and an anthropologist.”

— 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.

“Now all the world’s a sage.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The young person today is a data processor on a very large scale.”

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

“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.

The medium is the massage. {The medium is the massage.}”

— parrot

History as she is harped.

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

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

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

“So cool is involving, hot is not.”

“So cool is involving, hot is not.”— Marshall McLuhan

“[Today] Art
is anything
you can
get away
with.

— Marshall McLuhan

“Cool” means identification with the creative process.”

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

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

— Marshall McLuhan

“Everyone has the best seat.”

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

“Marshall McLuhan”, “Marshall McLuhan.”

— parrot

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

— Marshall McLuhan/narrator

{The book} is an extension of the eye…

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

“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.

“[John Cage, a composer of new music, has stated:] “Everything we do is music.”

— John Cage, quoted by Calvin Tomkins in “The Bride and the Bachelors”

“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”

“What type of presidential candidates will best lend themselves to television?”

— narrator

The wheel …is an extension of the foot.

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

Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.

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

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

— Marshall McLuhan

Rite words in rote order.

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

“So there are some rather exciting things afoot.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Electric circuitry, [the medium of our time, is] an extension of the central nervous system.”

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 3

“All dictators inflating bureaucracy do it with the cry: “Down with bureaucracy!””

— Jacques Ellul, “The Political Illusion”

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.

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

“Four P.M. throughout the world. Whether we like it or not…”

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

“WHAT’LL HAPPEN WHEN INTELLIGENCE IS RECOGNIZED AS A GLOBAL RESOURCE?”

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

“When faced with a totally new situation, we tend always to attach ourselves to the objects, to the flavor of the most recent past.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Soon, all that will be required of us will be one hour’s work per year.”

— 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

“[It’s a little bit like] the Balinese have a saying [/who say]: We have no art. We do everything as well as [possible/] we can.

— Marshall McLuhan, see “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 73