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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“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

“Just as pre-shaped parts became components of, say, an airplane, human specialists became components of a great SOCIAL machine.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“… Marshall himself says all he does is describing—prescribing.”

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

“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

“Those who write the anatomy of experience then suppose that these divisions inhere in the very constitution of human nature.”

— John Dewey, “Art as Experience”

“All rights reserved. Copyright 1967. The I Shall Find It Publishing Company.”

“…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.

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.

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

“Marshall McLuhan”, “Marshall McLuhan.”

— parrot

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”

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

“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

{The method of our time is to use not single but multiple models for [experimental] exploration—the technique of the suspended judgment} [is the discovery of the twentieth century as the technique of invention was the discovery of the nineteenth.]

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 71

“AS MCLUHAN SAYS, EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT ONCE.”

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

“I… the trouble is, I keep thinking of improvements on these passages all the time…”

— Marshall McLuhan

“So cool is involving, hot is not.”

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

“The end of the line.”

— Marshall McLuhan

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

— Marshall McLuhan

History as she is harped.

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

“The art of the speaker consists in compressing all of his aims into slogans.”

— Elias Canetti, “Crowds and Power”

“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.

“Eh. We can, eh … have to make a distinction. I believe it. I truly believe it. For another photograph. … That’s incredible! … Because he’s a very unlikely hero in many ways.”

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

“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)”

“Thanks”

— 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”

“Thanks very much!”

— 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

“[There are detracting voices who cry out:] “The stars are so big,
The Earth is so small,

Stay as you are.” [But can we afford to?]”

— second-grader, quoted in “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man” by Marshall McLuhan

some
like
it
hot,

— Marshall McLuhan

“Cool” means identification with the creative process.”

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

“(By comparison, press, movies, and radio are mere packaging devices for consumers.)”

— Marshall McLuhan