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

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

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

— Elias Canetti, “Crowds and Power”

“Thanks very much!”

— 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

“Now, what then?”

— Marshall McLuhan

“I done me best when I was let.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“[You mean, like]
… the massage?

— Sam Zacks

“Conk a dook he’ll do.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

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

“…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.

“Everyone has the best seat.”

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

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History as she is harped.

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

“I have a friend. Every time he sees an empty telephone booth he ducks in to make a call.”

Did you happen to meet any soldiers, my dear, as you came through the woods?

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

“Take it easy, but take it.”

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

“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

“There are a lot of those jokes around up there, and… I think it is rather amusing to watch the joke as a sign of grievance.”

— Marshall McLuhan

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

— Jacques Ellul, “The Political Illusion”

“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