American Voice
IF IT WORKS, IT’S OBSOLETE: Marshall McLuhanisms

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 publicincredulity.

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“sent.”

Money is the poor man’s credit card.

We look at the present through a rear-view 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 of depth.

The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.

Why is it so easy to acquire the solutions of past problems and so difficult to solve current ones?

The trouble with a 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, not outside.

“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 toward the grand fallacy.

One of the nicest things about being big is the luxury of thinking little.

Politics offers yesterday’s answers to today’s questions.

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 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 new knowledge stockpiles exponentially.

A road is a flattened-out wheel, rolled up in the belly of an airplane.

At the speed of light, policies and political parties yield place to charismatic images.

“I may be wrong, but I’m never in doubt.”

—Copyright © 1986, McLuhan Associates, Ltd.
Haggis McBagpipe
These are great, America. Easily my favourite is, “I may be wrong, but I’m never in doubt.”

Thanks for posting this list!
Those were great quotes american voice. The Thing about quotes, they make you ponder life in the existential vacuum, looking for the meaning of it these muscle relaxants are playing havoc with my grey cells, i swear this morning out of the corner of my eye, the bananas and apples in my fruit bowl were changing places.

I like some of the quotes by gabriel marquez, author of one hundred years of solitude, here are a few.

A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.

A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.

An early-rising man is a good spouse but a bad husband.

He who awaits much can expect little.

I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him.

If God hadn't rested on Sunday, He would have had time to finish the world.

Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors.

Necessity has the face of a dog.

No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.

She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.

The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.

The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
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