R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes

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.

Dictators never invent their own opportunities.

Don’t fight forces, use them.

Either war is obsolete, or men are.

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.

God is a verb, not a noun.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Man knows so much and does so little.

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.

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

Now there is one outstanding 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

War is the ultimate tool of politics.

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

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.

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.