Quotes from the website — The Medium is the Massage

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).

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— narrator

Man was given an eye for an ear.

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

“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.

“Lucky cocks for whom the audible-visible-gnosible-edible world existed.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

History as she is harped.

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

“The perennial quest [—search—] for involvement, fill-in, takes many forms.”

— Marshall McLuhan

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

— Marshall McLuhan

“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”

“Quanto è bella la prospectiva.”

— Paolo Uccello

“…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.

“The
Medium
Is the
Massage.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“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

some
like
it
cold.

— Marshall McLuhan

“Now all the world’s a sage.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Clothing, [is] an extension of the skin…

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

“Okay, professor McLuhan, let’s take it from the top.”

Typography cracked the voices of silence.

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

“…who’s clocking 40,000 dollars a year coming up to Marshall with a copy of the book in the hand asking for an autograph with absolute the same degree of abandon and awe. I was really amazed…”

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

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

— 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

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

— Marshall McLuhan

“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

“When you consider television’s awesome power to educate, aren’t you thankful it doesn’t?”

— Donald Reilly, drawing in “The New Yorker”

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.

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

{The book} is an extension of the eye…

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

“…what has been worked over to give it a general character very very few people can experience directly.”

— Jacques Ellul, “The Political Illusion”

“Uh-ah.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The “expert” is the man who stays put.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“AS MCLUHAN SAYS, EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT ONCE.”

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

“How does that grab ya?”

— Marshall McLuhan

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

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

There is [absolutely] no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.

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

Rite words in rote order.

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

“Often we do not know what we think till a question is put to us.”

— Elias Canetti, “Crowds and Power”

“We approach the new with the psychological conditioning and sensory responses of the old.”

— 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

There ain’t no grammatical errors in a non-literate society.

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 238

Because something is happening
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?

— Bob Dylan, “Ballad Of A Thin Man”

“The word is out!”

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

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