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).

Man was given an eye for an ear.

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

Rite words in rote order.

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

“I know, I know.”

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

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

“… 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.

“Rationality and visuality have long been interchangeable terms, but we do not live in a primarily visual world any more.”

— 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.

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

“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.

Electric circuitry, [the medium of our time, is] an extension of the central nervous system.”

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 3

“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

“Terrific!”

“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

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We are proud of our museums where we display a way of living that we have made impossible.

— A.K. Coomaraswamy, quoted in “Explorations” #8

“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.

“Television demands participation and involvement in depth of the whole being.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“WHAT’LL HAPPEN WHEN INTELLIGENCE IS RECOGNIZED AS A GLOBAL RESOURCE?”

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

“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

“The envelope please.”

“I’ve never been here before.”

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

“Movies are better than ever!”

— Marshall McLuhan

Clothing, [is] an extension of the skin…

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

“The total environment is now the great teacher.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“And the end and the beginning were always there. Before the beginning and after the end.”

— T. S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton” (V 10-11)

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.

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

“You mean, life isn’t a fountain?”

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

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

“Take it easy, but take it.”

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

“What type of presidential candidates will best lend themselves to television?”

— narrator

Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.

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

“The rear-view mirror is a very comforting spot. It gives you a sense of remoteness like Bonanza.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“This last week was like a total breakdown.”

— Franz Kafka, “Diaries”

“Environments are invisible. Their groundrules, pervasive structure, and overall patterns elude easy perception.”

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 8

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The wheel …is an extension of the foot.

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 46

“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

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

— Jacques Ellul, “The Political Illusion”