Only the vanquished remember history.
All words, in every language, are metaphors.
The alphabet was one thing when applied to clay or stone, and quite another when set down on light papyrus.
At electric speed, all forms are pushed to the limits of their potential.
The scientist rigorously defends his right to be ignorant of almost everything except his specialty.
The printing press was at first mistaken for an engine of immortality by everybody except Shakespeare.
Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it's just the beginning.
The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.
The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.
An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of 'do it yourself.'
Publication is a self-invasion of privacy.
Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval.
When producers want to know what the public wants, they graph it as curves. When they want to tell the public what to get, they say it in curves.
Jokes are grievances.
Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition.
Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness.
The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.
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 more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.
Art is anything you can get away with.
In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness.
The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete.
I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it.
Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it.