Affluence creates poverty.
Most clear writing is a sign that there is no exploration going on. Clear prose indicates the absence of thought.
Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior.
You can be a French Canadian or an English Canadian, but not a Canadian. We know how to live without an identity, and this is one of our marvellous resources.
Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.
Ideally, advertising aims at the goal of a programmed harmony among all human impulses and aspirations and endeavors. Using handicraft methods, it stretches out toward the ultimate electronic goal of a collective consciousness.
Topics: Advertising, Harmony, Aspirations
The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way.
Environments are not just containers, but are processes that change the content totally.
The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.
A commercial society whose members are essentially ascetic and indifferent in social ritual has to be provided with blueprints and specifications for evoking the right tone for every occasion.
The machine called Nature into an art form. For the first time at men began to regard Nature as a source of aesthetic and spiritual values.
The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium—that is, of any extension of ourselves—result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology.
There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.
The mark of our time is its revulsion against imposed patterns.
Persons grouped around a fire or candle for warmth or light are less able to pursue independent thoughts, or even tasks, than people supplied with electric light. In the same way, the social and educational patterns latent in automation are those of self-employment and artistic autonomy.
Topics: Technology, Science
It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.
‘Money talks’ because money is a metaphor, a transfer, and a bridge.
Topics: One liners
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
Professionalism is environmental. Amateurism is anti environmental. Professionalism merges the individual into patterns of total environment. Amateurism seeks the development of the total awareness of the individual and the critical awareness of the ground rules of society. The amateur can afford to loose.
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