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).

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

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

History as she is harped.

— Harry Levin, “James Joyce” (“The Atlantic” #178) and “Explorations” #8 by Marshall McLuhan

“People have always been unaware of new environments because they’re afraid of them.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Typography cracked the voices of silence.

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

“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

“The flight director says: get back in.” “Back in?” “Back in!” “Roger.” “We’ve been trying to talk to you…”

— Christopher C. Kraft, Jr.

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

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

There is [absolutely] no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.

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

“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

“Color television is not the old black-and-white television with color added; it is a new medium, it completely alters the image we have of ourselves—our body precepts, as the psychologists say.”

— Marshall McLuhan, see also “Address at Vision 65” , p. 11

“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.

“[You know, t]he most favourable moment to seize a man and influence him is when he is alone in the mass.”

— Jacques Ellul, “Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes”

“Okay, professor McLuhan, let’s take it from the top.”

“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

“I know, I know.”

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

“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

“Terrific!”

“Let hear us some electric circuitry”. “Very good idea”. “Wait for us.”

The wheel …is an extension of the foot.

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

“A fact of interplay.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Now all the world’s a sage.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“How do you like it so far?”

Develop A
Powerful
Memory?

— advertisement by “Memory Studies”

“Thanks”

— Marshall McLuhan

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

— Marshall McLuhan

Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.

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

“The artist, the enema of society, points out things that many people would prefer not to notice.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Everyone has the best seat.”

— John Cage, “Silence: Lectures and Writings”

some
like
it
cold.

— Marshall McLuhan

“[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

“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

“… 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 new principle: how does that grab ya, is a more involved, multi-sensualist approach to the problem of meaning.”

— 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.

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

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.

— Marshall McLuhan, “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man”, p. 31

“We might come back to that theme during questions.”

— Marshall McLuhan

“Take it easy, but take it.”

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

“If an ad has become so environmental as to be unperceived, that’s when it’s really doing it’s work.”

— 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

“Professionalism is environmental. Amateurism is anti-environmental.”

— Marshall McLuhan

The West shall shake the East awake… while ye have the night for the morn…

— James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

“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