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).

“Movies are better than ever!”

— Marshall McLuhan

Typography cracked the voices of silence.

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

“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

“With Kiss. Kiss Criss. Cross Criss. Kiss Cross.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“[Media, by altering the environment, evoke in us unique ratios of sense perceptions.] The extension of any one sense [displaces the other senses and] alters the way we think and act—the way we perceive the world. [The way we perceive our own bodies.]”

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 69

“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

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

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“Cool” means identification with the creative process.”

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

“So cool is involving, hot is not.”

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

“Now all the world’s a sage.”

— 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

“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

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

“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

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

The dateline is the only organizing principle in a newspaper.

— Marshall McLuhan

“I done me best when I was let.”

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“Who are you, are you good enough to eat?”

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

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

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

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

— Elias Canetti, “Crowds and Power”

“Thanks”

— Marshall McLuhan

Rite words in rote order.

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

“I’m starving.”

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

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

“I’ve never been here before.”

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

some
like
it
cold.

— Marshall McLuhan

“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

“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)”

“[And] the effect of the electric revolution is to create once more an involvement that is total.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Man was given an eye for an ear.

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