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R. Buckminster Fuller

Technologically we now have four [seven!] billion billionaires on board Spaceship Earth who are entirely unaware of their good fortune.
R. Buckminster Fuller war
Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because weve been ignorant of their value.
R. Buckminster Fuller value
I look for what needs to be done. After all, thats how the universe designs itself.
R. Buckminster Fuller self
Sometimes I think were alone. Sometimes I think were not. In either case, the thought is staggering.
R. Buckminster Fuller time
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
R. Buckminster Fuller you
My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted.
R. Buckminster Fuller ideas
How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
R. Buckminster Fuller
Im not a genius. Im just a tremendous bundle of experience.
R. Buckminster Fuller men
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.
R. Buckminster Fuller education
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
R. Buckminster Fuller humanity
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.
R. Buckminster Fuller knowledge
Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.
R. Buckminster Fuller nature
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.
R. Buckminster Fuller beauty
Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.
R. Buckminster Fuller living
A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
R. Buckminster Fuller art
One in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a wage.
R. Buckminster Fuller youth
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.
R. Buckminster Fuller sin
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you its going to be a butterfly.
R. Buckminster Fuller you
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
R. Buckminster Fuller future
The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.
R. Buckminster Fuller politics
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what Ive invented.
R. Buckminster Fuller man
People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.
R. Buckminster Fuller people
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.
R. Buckminster Fuller power
Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isnt.
R. Buckminster Fuller you
Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.
R. Buckminster Fuller faith
Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.
R. Buckminster Fuller faith
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.
R. Buckminster Fuller success
The most important thing about Spaceship Earth - an instruction book didnt come with it.
R. Buckminster Fuller art
Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.
R. Buckminster Fuller self
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.
R. Buckminster Fuller humanity
You can never learn less; you can only learn more.
R. Buckminster Fuller you
By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties.
R. Buckminster Fuller politics
If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.
R. Buckminster Fuller time
God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper.
R. Buckminster Fuller god
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
R. Buckminster Fuller words
Gold and silver from the dead turn often into lead.
R. Buckminster Fuller dead
Here is Gods purpose - For God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper; is the articulation not the art, objective or subjective; is loving, not the abstraction love commanded or entreated; is knowledge dynamic, not legislative code, not proclamation law, not academic dogma, not ecclesiastic canon. Yes, God is a verb, the most active, connoting the vast harmonic reordering of the universe from unleashed chaos of energy.
R. Buckminster Fuller love
Man knows so much and does so little.
R. Buckminster Fuller man
Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it.
R. Buckminster Fuller art
Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.
R. Buckminster Fuller men
War is obsolete. We are not here to fight something or tear something down; We are here to be the example of what is possible. Any sane individual will tell you that violence is ... not the way...
R. Buckminster Fuller war
Here is Gods purpose -- for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper.
R. Buckminster Fuller god
God is a verb, not a noun proper or improper.
R. Buckminster Fuller god
You cannot change how someone thinks, but you can give them a tool to use which will lead them to think differently.
R. Buckminster Fuller change
In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller change
You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe. The significance of you will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all you experience to highest advantage to others. Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.
R. Buckminster Fuller time
Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there werent any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldnt be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming lifes challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.
R. Buckminster Fuller life
If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, dont bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.
R. Buckminster Fuller people
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 mater of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry.
R. Buckminster Fuller war
If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO?
R. Buckminster Fuller success
Mistakes are great, the more I make the smarter I get.
R. Buckminster Fuller art
Nature is a totally efficient, self-regenerati ng system. IF we discover the laws that govern this system and live synergistically within them, sustainability will follow and humankind will be a success.
R. Buckminster Fuller success
There is only one revolution tolerable to all men, all societies, all political systems: Revolution by design and invention.
R. Buckminster Fuller men
Think of it. We are blessed with technology that would be indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal, the know-it-all to feed everybody, clothe everybody, and give every human on Earth a chance. We know now what we could never have known before - that we now have the option for all humanity to make it successfully on this planet in this lifetime. Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment.
R. Buckminster Fuller life
I have great hope for tomorrow. My hope lies in three things-truth, youth, and love.
R. Buckminster Fuller love
As long as one human being is hungry, the entire human race is hungry.
R. Buckminster Fuller man
I do not look upon human beings as good or bad.
R. Buckminster Fuller man
Real wealth is ideas plus energy.
R. Buckminster Fuller wealth
If humans are not required to earn a living to be provided survival needs, many are going to want very much to be productive, but not at those tasks they did not choose to do but were forced to accept in order to earn money. Instead, humans will spontaneously take upon themselves those tasks that world society really needs to have done.
R. Buckminster Fuller money
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?
R. Buckminster Fuller freedom
However, if we leave the industrial machinery and their energy-distribution networks and leave them also all the people who have routine jobs operating the industrial machinery and distributing its products, and we take away from all the industrial countries all their ideologies and all the politicians and political machine workers, people would keep right on eating. Possibly getting on a little better than before.
R. Buckminster Fuller people
Integrity is the courage and self-discipline to cooperate and initiate according to the Divine, which you know in your heart as Truth.
R. Buckminster Fuller truth
You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes.
R. Buckminster Fuller man
We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control.
R. Buckminster Fuller people
It seems that truth is progressive approximation in which the relative fraction of our spontaneously tolerated residual error constantly diminishes.
R. Buckminster Fuller truth
The one common experience of all humanity is the challenge of problems.
R. Buckminster Fuller humanity
When individuals join in a cooperative venture, the power generated far exceeds what they could have accomplished acting individually.
R. Buckminster Fuller power
You can rest assured that if you devote your time and attention to the highest advantage of others, the Universe will support you, always and only in the nick of time.
R. Buckminster Fuller time
I have spent most of my life unlearning things that were proved not to be true
R. Buckminster Fuller life
We are powerfully imprisoned in these Dark Ages simply by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think.
R. Buckminster Fuller power
By and large, I seem to have made more mistakes than any others of whom I know, but have learned thereby to make ever swifter acknowledgment of the errors and thereafter immediately set about to deal more effectively with the truths disclosed by the acknowledgment of erroneous assumptions.
R. Buckminster Fuller truth
I set about fifty-five years ago (1927) to see what a penniless, unknown human individual with a dependent wife and newborn child might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity
R. Buckminster Fuller humanity
Sharing is having more.
R. Buckminster Fuller
The dark ages still reign over all humanity, and the depth and persistence of this domination are only now becoming clear. This Dark Ages prison has no steel bars, chains, or locks. Instead, it is locked by misorientation and built of misinformation. Caught up in a plethora of conditioned reflexes and driven by the human ego, both warden and prisoner attempt meagerly to compete with God. All are intractably skeptical of what they do not understand. We are powerfully imprisoned in these Dark Ages simply by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think.
R. Buckminster Fuller god
Either man is obsolete or war is. War is the ultimate tool of politics. Political leaders look out only for their own side. Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers.
R. Buckminster Fuller politics
There is enough for everyone. People think that there isnt enough, so they get as much as they can, so many people dont have enough.
R. Buckminster Fuller people
I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem.
R. Buckminster Fuller life
Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller war
Dear reader, traditional human power structures and their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller power
Whether we are able to be a complete success or failure is in such critical balance that every smallest human test of integrity every smallest moment-to-moment decision tips the scales affirmatively or negatively.
R. Buckminster Fuller success
If I ran a school, Id give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. Id give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them.
R. Buckminster Fuller good
Human beings are the only creatures on the planet that tell time and think they have to earn a living.
R. Buckminster Fuller time
Perception is one millionth of one percent reality (truth in fact).
R. Buckminster Fuller truth
You cant change the way people think, all you can do is give them a tool, the use of which will change their thinking.
R. Buckminster Fuller change
Ignorance and greed are part of the evolutionary process, which is just to say that mistakes are part of learning. There is nothing bad about behaviors or perceptions that do not work; they simply have to be given up and replaced by behaviors or perceptions that do work.
R. Buckminster Fuller art
We are in an age that assumes the narrowing trends of specialization to be logical, natural, and desirable. Consequently, society expects all earnestly responsible communication to be crisply brief.... In the meantime, humanity has been deprived of comprehensive understanding.
R. Buckminster Fuller time
There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes.
R. Buckminster Fuller men
Humans have always unknowingly affected all Universe by every act and thought they articulate or even consider.
R. Buckminster Fuller art
Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time. Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time. Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time. Its time we gave this some thought.
R. Buckminster Fuller time
The wave is not the water. The water merely told us about the wave moving by.
R. Buckminster Fuller water
You have to decide whether you want to make money or make sense, because the two are mutually exclusive.
R. Buckminster Fuller money
There will come a time when the proper education of children, by a glorified system of spontaneous education of choice, similar to the Montessori System, will be made possible.
R. Buckminster Fuller education
Universe to each must be All that is, including me. Environment in turn must be All that is, excepting me.
R. Buckminster Fuller men
You never change people by fighting their existing reality.
R. Buckminster Fuller change
The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, its really a different kind of life.
R. Buckminster Fuller life
We should stop kidding ourselves. We should let go of things that arent true. Its always better with the truth.
R. Buckminster Fuller truth
Every time man makes a new experiment he always learns more. He cannot learn less.
R. Buckminster Fuller time
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller change
If we do more with less, our response will be adequate to take care of everybody.
R. Buckminster Fuller body
. . . So I vowed to keep myself alive, but only if I would never use me again for just me - each one of us is born of two, and we really belong to each other. I vowed to do my own thinking, instead of trying to accommodate everyone elses opinion, credos and theories. I vowed to apply my inventory of experiences to the solving of problems that affect everyone aboard planet Earth.
R. Buckminster Fuller art

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