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).

“Ad people imagine that if you can remember their ads they’ve made a hit. But that’s not so.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Clothing, [is] an extension of the skin…

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

“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

“Artists are people who enjoy living in the present.”

— 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

“Electric circuitry is recreating in us the multi-dimensional space orientation of the “primitive”.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“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

“The eye—it cannot choose but see; we cannot bid the ear be still; our bodies feel, where’er they be, against or with our will.”

— William Wordsworth, “Expostulation and Reply”

Develop A
Powerful
Memory?

— advertisement by “Memory Studies”

“[It’s a little bit like] the Balinese have a saying [/who say]: We have no art. We do everything as well as [possible/] we can.

— Marshall McLuhan, see “Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man”, p. 73

“There’ll probably be some music, but we’ll manage to find a quiet corner where we can talk.”

— Erik Satie, quoted in “Silence: Lectures and Writings” by John Cage

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

— Marshall McLuhan

Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments.

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 42

“1-2, 1-2-3-4”

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

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

“We want freedom.”

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 museum has become a storehouse of human values, a cultural bloodbank.”

— 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

“I wouldn’t be seen dead with a living work of art.”

— Museum Curator

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.

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

Man was given an eye for an ear.

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

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

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

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

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

“Thanks very much!”

— Marshall McLuhan

“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.

“Speak that I may see you.”

— Marshall McLuhan, “Counterblast” (1954)

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

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

Typography cracked the voices of silence.

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

“I’ve never been here before.”

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

“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

“I look into many of the new forms simply because I find them very exasperating and irritating and troublesome to peace of mind, and so on.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“The dropout represents a rejection of nineteenth century technology as manifested in our educational establishments. The teach-in represents a creative effort, switching the educational process from package to discovery.”

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

“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