Buckminster Fuller, fully Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller

Buckminster
Fuller, fully Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller
1895
1983

American Systems Theorist, Engineer, Architect, Futurist, Visionary, Designer and Author

Author Quotes

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.

Lack of knowledge concerning all the factors and the failure to include them in our integral imposes false conclusions.

It seems to demonstrate that periods of industrial activity in technical syntheses of principles, data, free energy and energy as matter, find highest employment by the fear-amassed credits of warfare. Therefore the assumption approaches fact that war promotes the major technical advances of civilization... What has not been clear is that the potential of this emergency-born technology has always accrued to human's prewar individual initiatives taken in a humble but irrepressible progression of assumptions, measurements, deductions, and codifications of pure science.

It is the integrity of each individual human that is in final examination. On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate. You can deceive others, you can deceive your brain-self, but you can't deceive your mind-self — for mind deals only in the discovery of truth and the interrelationship of all truths. The cosmic laws with which mind deals are noncorruptible. Cosmic evolution is omniscient God comprehensively articulate.

It is one of our most exciting discoveries that local discovery leads to a complex of further discoveries. Corollary to this we find that we no sooner get a problem solved than we are overwhelmed with a multiplicity of additional problems in a most beautiful payoff of heretofore unknown, previously unrecognized, and as-yet unsolved problems.

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?

It is new design by architects versus world revolution by political leadership.

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.

Integrity of the individual is what we're being judged for and if we are not passing that examination, we don't really have the guts, we'll blow ourselves up. It will be all over. I think it's all the difference in the world.

Integrity is the essence of everything successful.

Initiative can neither be created nor delegated. It can only spring from the self-determining individual, who decides that the wisdom of others is not always better than his own.

Indeed, a little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion.

In spite of all humans' innate interest in the interrelatedness of all experience, long ago these world-power-structure builders learned to shunt all the bright intellectuals and the physically creative into specialist careers. The powerful reserved for themselves the far easier, because innate, comprehensive functioning. All one needs to do is to discover how self-perpetuating is this disease of specialization is to witness the inter-departmental battling for educational funds and the concomitant jealous guarding of the various specializations assigned to a department's salaried experts on each subject in any university.

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.

I'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely.

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

If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.

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

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?

If I ran a school, I'd give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd 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.

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.

I would say, then, that you are faced with a future in which education is going to be number one amongst the great world industries.

I was convinced in 1927 that humanity's most fundamental survival problems could never be solved by politics.

I think it's absolutely touch-and-go whether we're going to make it. But the point is, for me to tell you that you have an option is not to be optimistic... Time and again, of course I am running into millions who don't know we have the option, because it's invisible, and I feel I have tremendous responsibility. So when people ask me to come and talk to them, I do my best to let them know they do have the option. Of course they're pessimistic, not knowing that.

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.

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First Name
Buckminster
Last Name
Fuller, fully Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller
Birth Date
1895
Death Date
1983
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American Systems Theorist, Engineer, Architect, Futurist, Visionary, Designer and Author