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Quotes by Buckminster Fuller - (56 quotes)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Activity category:

I look for what needs to be done. After all, that's how the universe designs itself. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Architecture category:

Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring / Rich clients in hordes to their knees; / Just give me a home, in a great circle dome / Where stresses and strains are at ease. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Beauty category:

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I've finished, if the solution isn't beautiful, I know it's wrong. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Change category:

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Change category:

It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom? (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Change category:

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Courage category:

Dare to be naive. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Design category:

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Discovery category:

It is one of our most exciting discoveries that local discovery leads to a complex of further discoveries. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Earth category:

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Education category:

What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Education category:

Education by choice, with its marvelous motivating psychology of desire for truth, will make life ever cleaner and happier, more rhythmical and artistic. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Enthusiasm category:

Are you spontaneously enthusiastic about everyone having everything you can have? (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Environment category:

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Experience category:

I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Faith category:

Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Future category:

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Genius category:

I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know. Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Humanity category:

I do not look upon human beings as good or bad. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Ideas category:

My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Immortality category:

There are no solids. There are no things. There are only interfering and non-interfering patterns operative in pure principle, and principles are eternal. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Impossibilities category:

The opposite of nature is impossible. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Integrity category:

On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Intellect category:

Our brains deal exclusively with special-case experiences. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Intuition category:

Call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you've got to hook the fish. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Journey category:

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Joy category:

There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you're doing well. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Knowledge category:

You can never learn less, you can only learn more. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Life category:

Life is the spirit incarnate in time. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Love category:

Love is metaphysical gravity. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Mistakes category:

Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Money category:

You either make sense or you make money. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Mysteries category:

The explicable requires the inexplicable. Experience requires the nonexperienceable. The obvious requires the mystical. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Nature category:

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Optimism category:

They come and say to me, 'Your optimism has brushed off on me. I didn't know we had an option. I feel so much better.' They say, 'Your optimism.' And I am not optimistic or pessimistic. I feel that optimism and pessimism are very unbalanced. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Pattern category:

A pattern has an integrity independent of the medium by virtue of which you have received the information that it exists. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Politics category:

By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Religion category:

The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Responsibility category:

The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Risk category:

Dare to be naive. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Rules category:

Each one of us has something to contribute. This really depends on each one doing their own thinking, but not following any kind of rule... (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Success category:

Integrity is the essence of everything successful. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Success category:

Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all co-operate and don't hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Symbols category:

Everything can be linked together in some fashion, in either a physical, psychological, or symbolic manner. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Technology category:

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Technology category:

Man is going to be displaced altogether as a specialist by the computer. Man himself is being forced to reestablish, employ, and enjoy his innate 'comprehensivity.' (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Technology category:

It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from Weaponry to Livingry. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Thinking category:

Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Thought category:

Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Tradition category:

People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Truth category:

Truth is a tendency. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Understanding category:

One of humanity's prime drives is to understand and be understood. All other living creatures are designed for highly specialized tasks. Man seems unique as the comprehensive comprehender and co-ordinator of local universe affairs. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Universe category:

Universe is synergetic. Life is synergetic. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Unknowns category:

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Words category:

God, to me, it seems, / is a verb / not a noun, / proper or improper. (Buckminster Fuller)

Buckminster Fuller - From the Words category:

A proverb is much matter distilled into few words. (Buckminster Fuller)