Famous Quotes by:
Herbert Marshall McLuhan
"The story of modern America begins with
the discovery of the white man by the indians."
"Only puny secrets need protection. Big
discoveries are protected by public incredulity."
"Whereas convictions depend on speed-ups,
justice requires delay."
"The nature of people demands that most
of them be engaged in the most frivolous possible activities -
like making money."
"With telephone and TV it is not so much
the message as the sender that is being sent."
"Money is the poor man's credit card."
"We look at the present through a rearview
mirror. We march backwards into the future."
"Spaceship Earth is still operated by railway
conductors, just as NASA is managed by men with Newtonian goals."
"Invention is the mother of necessities."
"You mean my whole fallacy's wrong."
"Mud sometimes gives the illusion
"The car has become the carapace, the protective
and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man."
"The trouble with cheap, specialized education
is that you never stop paying for it."
People don't actually read newspapers. They step
into them every morning like a hot bath.
"The road is our major architectural form."
"Today each of us lives several hundred
years in a decade."
"Today the business of business is becoming
the constant invention of new business."
"The price of eternal vigilance is indifference."
"News, far more than art, is artifact."
"When you are on the phone or on the air,
you have no body."
"Tomorrow is our permanent address."
"All advertising advertises advertising."
"The answers are always inside the problem,
"Camp is popular because it gives people
a sense of reality to see a replay of their lives."
"This information is top security. When
you have read it, destroy yourself."
"The specialist is one who never makes small
mistakes while moving towards the grand fallacy."
"One of the nicest things about being
big is the luxury of thinking little."
"Politics offers yesterday's answers to
"The missing link created far more interest
than all the chains and explanations of being."
"In big industry new ideas are invited to
rear their heads so they can be clobbered at once. The idea department
of a big firm is a sort of lab for isolating dangerous viruses."
"When a thing is current, it creates a currency."
"Food for the mind is like food for the
body: the inputs are never the same as the outputs."
Men on frontiers whether of time or space, abandon
their previous identities. Neighborhood gives identity. Frontiers
snatch it away."
"The future of the book is the blurb."
"The ignorance of how to use knowledge stockpiles
"A road is a flattened-out wheel, rolled
up in the belly of an aeroplane."
"At the speed of light, policies and political
parties yield place to charismatic images."
"I may be wrong, but I'm never in doubt."