10 Fitting Technology Quotes That Relate to Today’s Digital Era

Posted on July 17, 2013

I’ve always been a bit of a quote collector.

In high school, I had an old exercise book that I used to jot down my favorite lines from books and films.

The best thing about quotes is that they have this magical standalone quality. They tend to leap off the page as if they were always meant to be picked out and sandwiched between two quotation marks.

Recently, I’ve been reflecting a bit on the overreach of technology in my life. My cellphone and laptop computer have been clinging to me in a way like never before (I blame you 12 post challenge!)

So in the spirit of some good old fashioned navel-gazing, I thought it might be fun to share a couple of quotes that really resonate with our current digitized predicament:


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
— Arthur C. Clarke


All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.
— Carl Sagan


The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.
— Edward R. Murrow


It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
— Albert Einstein


You affect the world by what you browse.
— Tim Berners-Lee


The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
— Sydney J. Harris


Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.
— Arthur C. Clarke


The ‘Net is a waste of time, and that’s exactly what’s right about it.
— William Gibson


Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.
Max Frisch


Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
Jaron Lanier


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