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).

History as she is harped.

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

“Our time is a time for crossing barriers, for erasing old categories—[for looking ahead,] for probing around”

— Marshall McLuhan

“AS LONG AS ONE HUMAN BEING IS HUNGRY, THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE IS HUNGRY.”

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

“This is the place to see it from fellows.”

“Drop this jiggery-pokery and talk straight turkey.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“[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”

“Uh-ah.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Sheep, who die silently, are no use as victims.”

— Elias Canetti, “Crowds and Power”

“Eight scientists working on a problem for fifty years might not get through, but ten million people working on the problem for ten minutes might get through.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“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.

“A cell for citters to cit in.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Show me something new; I’ll begin all over again.”

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

Rite words in rote order.

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

“The function of Romantic art or picturesque art was to control moods. It was all oriented toward effect.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Stone. They delight to see a configuration in stone that resembles a walrus tusk or eh …”

— Marshall McLuhan

{The book} is an extension of the eye…

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

“Electric technology, both radio and TV, for example, have this power of involving us in all our senses.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“…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.

“Alright, I had an impression, a hunch …”

“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.

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

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

“What’s the definition of an Eskimo family?”

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

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

“Joyce called it all space in a naught shell, a naught shell being an eternal present.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Print technology created the public. Electric technology created the mass.”

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

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

— Elias Canetti, “Crowds and Power”

“The end of the line.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Should old Aquinas be forgot.”

— Marshall McLuhan