The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.
Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it.
The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds.
Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation.
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.'
American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.
Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness.
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.
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.
As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes.
Good taste is the first refuge of the non-creative. It is the last-ditch stand of the artist.
All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.
Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
Appetite is essentially insatiable, and where it operates as a criterion of both action and enjoyment (that is, everywhere in the Western world since the sixteenth century) it will infallibly discover congenial agencies (mechanical and political) of expression.
Art is anything you can get away with.
Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either.
Historians and archaeologists will one day discover that the ads of our time are the richest and most faithful reflections that any society ever made of its entire range of activities.
Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's tools and yesterday's concepts.
Antipathy, dissimilarity of views, hate, contempt, can accompany true love.
Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam.
Mass transportation is doomed to failure in North America because a person's car is the only place where he can be alone and think.
The scientist rigorously defends his right to be ignorant of almost everything except his specialty.
I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.
The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.
Today it is not the classroom nor the classics which are the repositories of models of eloquence, but the ad agencies.
If the nineteenth century was the age of the editorial chair, ours is the century of the psychiatrist's couch.
In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness.
Affluence creates poverty.
Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.
Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
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.
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.
Far more thought and care go into the composition of any prominent ad in a newspaper or magazine than go into the writing of their features and editorials.
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.