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).

Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.

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

“Our body percept is something of which we are always unconscious.”

— Marshall McLuhan

All
media
are
extensions
of
some
human
faculty—
psychic [/mental]
or
physical.

— Marshall McLuhan

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

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

“Are you living in today’s world?”

— narrator

“Conk a dook he’ll do.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

some
like
it
hot,

— 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

“We are unaware of the dangers of not understanding the need for involvement.”

— narrator

“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

“Speak that I may see you.”

— Marshall McLuhan, “Counterblast” (1954)

“Ok now, once more with more expression.”

“[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

“So cool is involving, hot is not.”

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

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

— Marshall McLuhan

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

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

“Personal freedom consists largely in having a defence against questions.”

— Elias Canetti, “Crowds and Power”

Typography cracked the voices of silence.

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

“McLuhan was able to say ‘The medium is the message’ because he started from no concern with content.”

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

“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.

“Take it easy, but take it.”

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

“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

“Britain formally applies for membership in the [European Common] market.”

— newspaper

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

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.

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

“Ours is a brand-new world of all-at-onceness.”

— 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

“Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“You mean weddings between RCA and publishing?”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all.”

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

“… 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.

“The medium is the mass age, great!”

Rite words in rote order.

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

“Uh-ah.”

— Marshall McLuhan

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

— Jacques Ellul, “The Political Illusion”

“Advertisements are all good; the news is all bad.”

— Marshall McLuhan, see “Address at Vision 65” , p. 8

“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)”

“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

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

— Elias Canetti, “Crowds and Power”

“I done me best when I was let.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“Now all the world’s a sage.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Develop A
Powerful
Memory?

— advertisement by “Memory Studies”

Man was given an eye for an ear.

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

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

— Marshall McLuhan

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

— Marshall McLuhan

“The thing of it is, we must live with the living.”

— Montaigne, “Of the Art of Conversation” (Book III, Ch. 8.)