For man is not the creature and product of Mechanism; but, in a far truer sense, its creator and producer.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.
I find it hard to believe that the machine would go into the creative artist's hand even were that magic hand in true place. It has been too far exploited by industrialism and science at expense to art and true religion.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) American architect.
Freedom from labor itself is not new; it once belonged among the most firmly established privileges of the few. In this instance, it seems as though scientific progress and technical developments had been only taken advantage of to achieve something about which all former ages dreamed but which none had been able to realize.
Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.
Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.
Karl Marx (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist.
Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.
The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) French aviator and writer.
Nothing is less instructive than a machine.
Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher