R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetic. Fuller was the second World President of Mensa from 1974 to 1983.

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If humanity does not opt for integrity, we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

Don't fight forces, use them.

Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case the thought is staggering.

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

Love is metaphysical gravity.

Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.

I look for what needs to be done. After all that's how the universe designs itself.

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.

If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.

By 2000 politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties.

Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit, while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.

Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes vastly ambitious individuals who had become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery.

I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.

Tension is the great integrity.

Integrity is the essence of everything successful.

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue the art of speaking well rather than doing well, but their manners should be of the greatest concern.

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth and that is that no instruction book came with it.

War is the ultimate tool of politics.

Here is God's purpose - for God to me it seems is a verb not a noun proper or improper.

We are called to be architects of the future not its victims.

Everyone is born a genius but the process of living de-geniuses them.

Search others for their virtue and yourself for your vices.

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

Man knows so much and does so little.

Either war is obsolete or men are.

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

Gold and silver from the dead turn often into lead.

Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth - an instruction book didn't come with it.

God to me it seems is a verb not a noun proper or improper.

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.

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.

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

My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough they are accepted.

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

God is a verb not a noun.

A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.

Truth is a tendency.

The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual.

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.

You can never learn less you can only learn more.

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty but when I have finished if the solution is not beautiful I know it is wrong.

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.

Rashness is the faithful but unhappy parent of misfortune.

I just invent then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.

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

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

Dictators never invent their own opportunities.

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