43 Remarkable Buckminster Fuller Quotes

43 Remarkable Buckminster Fuller Quotes

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Richard Buckminster Fuller was a futuristic architect, author, inventor, and designer. He was born in 1895 in Massachusetts and had an impressive and successful career in writing. He published over 25 books and made outlandish terms such as “Spaceship Earth” and “synergistic” popular. He is most known for bringing his design of the geodesic dome to the world, which is still used today. He died in 1983 at the age of 87.

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

“A problem adequately stated is a problem solved theoretically and immediately, and therefore subsequently to be solved, realistically. ”

“All sports are time control demonstrations…”

“At first the, only subconsciously apprehended, approaching confluences of complex events make themselves known intuitively within the intellectual weather. Then comes a gradually awakening
consciousness of the presence of new families of differentiating-out challenging concepts of every day prominence. It is with these randomly patterning families of separate concepts that
evolution is about to deal integratively. As a now specific unitary problem it may be disposed of effectively when and if that unified problem becomes “adequately stated” and thereby
comprehensibly solvable.”

“Brain deals exclusively with the physical, and mind exclusively with the metaphysical.”

“By the twenty-first century it either will have become evident to humanity that these questions are absurd and anti-evolutionary or men will no longer be living on Earth.”

“Children, as well as grown-ups, in their individual, glorified, drudgery-proof homes of Labrador, the tropics, the Orient, or where you will, to which they can pass with pleasure and
expedition by means of ever-improving transportation, will be able to tune in their television and radio to the moving picture lecture of, let us say, President Lowell of Harvard; the
professor of Mathematics of Oxford; of the doctor of Indian antiquities of Delhi, etc.”

“Degrees of accuracy are only degrees of refinement and magnitude in no way affects the fundamental reliability, which refers, as directional or angular sense, toward centralized truths.
Truth is a relationship.”

“Don’t fight forces, use them.”

“Education by choice, with its marvelous motivating psychology of desire for truth, will make life ever cleaner and happier, more rhythmical and artistic.”

“Every time man makes a new experiment he always learns more. He cannot learn less.”

“He may learn that what he thought was true was not true. By the elimination of a false premise, his basic capital wealth which in his given lifetime is disembarrassed of further
preoccupation with considerations of how to employ a worthless time-consuming hypothesis. Freeing his time for its more effective exploratory investment is to give man increased wealth.”

“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.”

“It also involves constant reference of all the reciprocating sub-sets to the comprehensive totality of non-simultaneous universe, from which naught may be lost.”

“Life is the spirit incarnate in time.”

“Love is metaphysical gravity.”

“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.” Coping with the totality
of Spaceship Earth and universe is ahead for all of us.”

“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.”

“One of humanity’s prime drives is to understand and be understood. All other living creatures are designed for highly specialized tasks. Man seems unique as the comprehensive comprehender
and co-ordinator of local universe affairs.”

“Only our minds are able to discover the generalized principles operating without exception in each and every special-experience case which if detected and mastered will give knowledgeable
advantage in all instances.”

“Our brains deal exclusively with special-case experiences.”

“Relativity is inherently convergent, though convergent toward a plurality of centers of abstract truths.”

“Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality. Ninety-
nine percent of all that is going to affect our tomorrows is being developed by humans using instruments and working in ranges of reality that are nonhumanly sensible.”

“So long as mathematicians can impose up-and-down semantics upon students while trafficking personally in the non-up-and-down advantages of their concise statements, they can impose upon the
ignorance of man a monopoly of access to accurate processing of information and can fool even themselves by thought habits governing the becoming behavior of professional specialists, by
disclaiming the necessity of, or responsibility for, comprehensive adjustment of the a priori thought to total reality of universal principles.”

“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.”

“Synergy is the only word in our language that means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the separately observed behaviors of any of the system’s separate parts or any subassembly of
the system’s parts.”

“Technology paces industry, but there’s a long lag in the process.”

“The assumption is that the inevitability of a solution’s realization is inherent in the interaction of human intellect and the constantly transformative evolution of physical universe.”

“The difference between mind and brain is that brain deals only with memorized, subjective, special-case experiences and objective experiments, while mind extracts and employs the
generalized principles and integrates and interrelates their effective employment.”

“The difference between mind and brain is that brain deals only with memorized, subjective, special-case experiences and objective experiments, while mind extracts and employs the
generalized principles and integrates and interrelates their effective employment.”

“The opposite of nature is impossible.”

“The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.”

“To ask a politician to lead us is to ask the tail of a dog to lead the dog.”

“Topology is the science of fundamental pattern and structural relationships of event constellations.”

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.”

“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.”

“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.”