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).

“A cell for citters to cit in.”

— 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

Printing {, a ditto device}”

— Marshall McLuhan

“I must have been delirious, for I even sought amusement in speculating upon the relative velocities of their several descents towards the foam below.”

— Edgar Allen Poe, “A Descent into the Maelstrom” as quoted in “The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man”, p. v

“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

“How you use your eyes to see, your ears to hear, brings about new forms of human association and action.”

— narrator

“Such as… ?”

“Take it easy, but take it.”

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

“The young person today is a data processor on a very large scale.”

— Marshall McLuhan, “Address at Vision 65” , p. 4

“He has proved himself, for he is alive.”

— Elias Canetti, “The Survivor”

“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)”

“When you consider television’s awesome power to educate, aren’t you thankful it doesn’t?”

— Donald Reilly, drawing in “The New Yorker”

“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 want freedom.”

Man was given an eye for an ear.

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

“[And] the Fellini 8½ is a world where the audience is to work very hard. Same as abstract art, same as Picasso.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The printed book created what we call the public. With the coming of electric circuitry, you have what is called the mass.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“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

“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

“Right.”

“… 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.

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

— narrator

“The railway radically altered the personal outlooks and patterns of social interdependence. It bred and nurtured the American Dream.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Rite words in rote order.

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

“Even science fiction is now very far behind what is actually happening.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Clothing, [is] an extension of the skin…

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

“[The railway] gave us darkest suburbia and its lasting symbol: the lawnmower.”

— narrator

“Cool” means identification with the creative process.”

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

“I’ve never been here before.”

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

“Where the possible was the improbable and the improbable the inevitable…”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“Anybody who wants to be taken over by a computer should just specialize.”

— 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”

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

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

“And now a word from our sponsor…”

“Thanks very much!”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Now, what then?”

— Marshall McLuhan