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“I don't necessarily agree with everything that I say.”
Marshall McLuhan
“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”
Marshall McLuhan
“Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s jobs with yesterday’s tools!”
Marshall McLuhan
“We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.”
Marshall McLuhan
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is a hallucinating idiot...for he sees what no one else does: things that, to everyone else, are not there.”
Marshall McLuhan
“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and
understanding.”
Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man
“American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.”
Marshall McLuhan
“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”
Marshall McLuhan
“The medium is the message.”
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man
“Many a good argument is ruined by some fool who knows what he is talking about.”
Marshall McLuhan
“One thing about which fish know exactly nothing is water, since they have no anti-environment which would enable them to perceive the element they live in.”
Marshall McLuhan, War and Peace in the Global Village
“Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness.”
Marshall McLuhan
“First we build the tools, then they build us.”
Marshall McLuhan
“Once you see the boundaries of your environment, they are no longer the boundaries of your environment.”
Marshall McLuhan
“We don't know who discovered water, but we know it wasn't the fish.”
Marshall McLuhan
“Art is anything you can get away with.”
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man
tags: art, humor
“We look at the present through a rear view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”
Marshall McLuhan
“Our technology forces us to live mythically”
Marshall McLuhan
“Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery.
The politician will be only too happy to abdicate
in favor of his image, because the image will
be much more powerful than he could ever be.”
Marshall McLuhan
“the only people who have proof of their sanity are those who have been discharged from mental institutions”
Marshall McLuhan, Take Today: The Executive as Dropout
“There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.”
Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage
“All words, in every language, are metaphors.”
Marshall McLuhan
“All
media
are
extensions
of
some
human
faculty-
psychic
or
physical.”
Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage
“Diaper spelled backwards is repaid , think about it.”
Marshall McLuhan
“The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete in the urban compound.”
Marshall McLuhan
tags: cars
“I am an intellectual thug who has been slowly accumulating a private arsenal with every intention of using it. In a mindless age every insight takes on the character of a lethal weapon. Every man of good will is the enemy of society.”
Marshall McLuhan
“The poet, the artist, the sleuth - whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial; rarely "well-adjusted", he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists between antisocial types in their power to see environments as they really are. This need to interface, to confront environments with a certain antisocial power is manifest in the famous story "The Emperor's New Clothes".”
Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage
“Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.”
Marshall McLuhan
tags: art
“With the arrival of electric technology, man has extended, or set outside himself, a live model of the central nervous system itself. To the degree that this is so, it is a development that suggests a desperate suicidal autoamputation, as if the central nervous system could no longer depend on the physical organs to be protective buffers against the slings and arrows of outrageous mechanism. ”
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions Of Man
“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?”
Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage

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