R. Buckminster Fuller

(Richard Buckminster Fuller)

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Corporations are neither physical nor metaphysical phenomena. They are socioeconomic ploys — legally enacted game-playing — agreed upon only between overwhelmingly powerful socioeconomic individuals and by them imposed upon human society and its all unwitting members. Business, Commerce & Finance
It is essential to release humanity from the false fixations of yesterday, which seem now to bind it to a rationale of action leading only to extinction. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Man is very vain; he likes to feel that he is responsible for all the favorable things that happen, and he is innocent of all the unfavorable happenings Human Nature
Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. Environment & Environmentalism
The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
There is room enough indoors in New York City for the whole 1963 world's population to enter, with room enough inside for all hands to dance the twist in average nightclub proximity. Development & Growth
We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that 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 living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You may very appropriately want to ask me how we are going to resolve the ever-acceleratingly dangerous impasse of world-opposed politicians and ideological dogmas. I answer, it will be resolved by the computer. While no politician or political system can ever afford to yield understandably and enthusiastically to their adversaries and opposers, all politicians can and will yield enthusiastically to the computer’s safe flight-controlling capabilities in bringing all of humanity in for a happy landing. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Dictators never invent their own opportunities.
Don't fight forces, use them.
Either war is obsolete, or men are. War & Peace
Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.
Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking. Religion & God
God is a verb, not a noun. Religion & God
God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper. Religion & God
Gold and silver from the dead turn often into lead.
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.
Here is God's purpose - for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper. Religion & God
How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. Travel
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I look for what needs to be done. After all, that's how the universe designs itself. Leaders & Leadership
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.
If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.
If you want to really change something, do not try to fight the existing reality. create a new reality. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
Integrity is the essence of everything successful.
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.
Love is metaphysical gravity. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Man knows so much and does so little. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't.
My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted.
Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. Nature
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.
Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.
Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering.
Tension is the great integrity.
The most important thing about Spaceship Earth - an instruction book didn't come with it.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. Nature
Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.
Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.
Truth is a tendency. Truth
War is the ultimate tool of politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. Future ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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.
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. Time
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.
You can never learn less, you can only learn more.