110+ R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes On Education, World And Future

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  1. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
  2. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
  3. You cannot change how someone thinks, but you can give them a tool to use which will lead them to think differently.
  4. 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.
  5. There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
  6. Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.
  7. 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.
  8. We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
  9. 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.
  10. Love is metaphysical gravity.

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Integrity is the essence of everything successful. — R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller Short Quotes

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  • Integrity is the essence of everything successful.
  • The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.
  • Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
  • The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.
  • Ninety-nine per cent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
  • Dare to be naive.
  • Real wealth is ideas plus energy.
  • Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.
  • There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance.
  • Don't fight forces, use them.
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R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes On Education

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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. — R. Buckminster Fuller

None of the world's problems will have a solution until the world's individuals become thoroughly self-educated. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

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

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. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Quite clearly, our task is predominantly metaphysical, for it is how to get all of humanity to educate itself swiftly enough to generate spontaneous social behaviors that will avoid extinction. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Out of my general world-pattern-trend studies there now comes strong evidence that nothing is going to be quite so surprising and abrupt in the future history of man as the forward evolution in the educational process. — R. Buckminster Fuller

If man chooses oblivion, he can go right on leaving his fate to his political leaders. If he chooses Utopia, he must initiate an enormous education program - immediately, if not sooner. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Out of my general world-pattern-trend studies there now comes strong evidence that nothing is going to be quite so surprising and abrupt in the future history of man as the forward evolution in the educational process. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes On Life

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The purpose of our lives is to add value to the people of this generation and those that follow. — R. Buckminster Fuller

We should stop kidding ourselves. We should let go of things that aren't true. It's always better with the truth. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The highest of generalizations is the synergetic integration of truth and love. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Observation of my life to date shows that the larger the number for whom I work, the more positively effective I become. Thus, it is obvious that if I work always and only for all humanity, I will be optimally effective. — R. Buckminster Fuller

I have spent most of my life unlearning things that were proved not to be true — R. Buckminster Fuller

Don't try to make me consistent. I am learning all the time. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it's really a different kind of life. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Truth is cosmically total: synergetic. Verities are generalized principles stated in semimetaphorical terms. Verities are differentiable. But love is omniembracing, omnicoherent, and omni-inclusive, with no exceptions. Love, like synergetics, is nondifferentiable, i.e., is integral. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Universe is synergetic. Life is synergetic. — R. Buckminster Fuller

I am convinced that creativity is a priori to the integrity of the universe and that life is regenerative and conformity meaningless. — R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes On World

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Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The World has become too dangerous for anything less than Utopia. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Everyone has the perfect gift to give the world-and if each of us is freed up to give our unique gift, the world will be in total harmony. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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. — R. Buckminster Fuller

It is new design by architects versus world revolution by political leadership. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Humanity has the option to become successful on our planet if we reorient world production away from weaponry - from killingry to livingry. Can we convince humanity in time? — R. Buckminster Fuller

My biggest hope that we're going to make it here is that this thinking is being manifested & really employed by the young world. Will they be going fast enough to overcome the initiatives of the bureaucracies & the fears operative in those bureaucracies? It's a very touch & go question. — R. Buckminster Fuller

A new, self-employed architect scientist is the one in all the world who may accelerate realization of a high-standard survival for all, as now completely practical within the scope of available technology. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Windmills installed around the world converting their direct current into alternating current and feeding the electric energy into the world network can harvest the planet Earth's prime daily energy income source-the wind--and adequately supply all the world's energy needs — R. Buckminster Fuller

In order for a world-around democracy to prosper, world society must learn how to prosper. — R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes On Environment

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Don't attempt to reform man. An adequately organized environment will permit humanity's original, innate capabilities to become successful. — R. Buckminster Fuller

... reform the environment and not man; being absolutely confident that if you give man the right environment, he will behave favorably. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Don't change the man. Change his environment. — R. Buckminster Fuller

If we design the environment properly It will permit both child and adult to develop safely And to behave logically. — R. Buckminster Fuller

If you change the environment, you change the people. — R. Buckminster Fuller

I must reorganize the environment of man by which then greater numbers of men can prosper. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The individual can take initiatives without anybody's permission. Only individuals can think. Only the individual disregards his fears and commits himself exclusively to reforming the human environment. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Universe to each must be All that is, including me. Environment in turn must be All that is, excepting me. — R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes On Love

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I have great hope for tomorrow. My hope lies in three things-truth, youth, and love. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Love is omni-inclusive, progressively exquisite, understanding and compassionately attuned to other than self. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth. — R. Buckminster Fuller

I say that radiation is inherently disintegrative: it comes apart. Gravity is inherently integrative: it pulls together. And to me, there's a good possibility that love is what I'd call metaphysical gravity. It really holds everything together. — R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes On Creative

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There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The courage to cooperate or initiate are based entirely on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth as the divine mind within you tells you the truth is. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Sharing is having more. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Everything we see is inside our own heads. — R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes On Noun

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I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe. — R. Buckminster Fuller

God is a verb, not a noun. — R. Buckminster Fuller

God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Here is God's purpose -- for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Here is God's purpose - for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper. — R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes On Process

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Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. — R. Buckminster Fuller

My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Technology paces industry, but there's a long lag in the process. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Architects, if they are really to be comprehensive, must assume the enormous task of thinking in terms always disciplined to the scale of the total world pattern of needs, its resource flows, its recirculatory and regenerative processes. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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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 and henceforth unrationalizable as mandated by survival. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

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. It's time we gave this some thought. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment.... Humanity is in 'final exam' as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance in Universe. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The word synergy comes from the Greek sin-ergo, meaning, to work together. It describes a mutually supportive atmosphere of trust, where each individual element works towards its own goals, and where the goals may be quite varied; nevertheless, because all elements of a synergetic system support one another, they also support the whole. — R. Buckminster Fuller

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Dear reader, traditional human power structures and their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete. — R. Buckminster Fuller

I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience. — R. Buckminster Fuller

It really does require a courage and a self-disciplining to go along with that truth. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines. — R. Buckminster Fuller

I do not look upon human beings as good or bad. — R. Buckminster Fuller

It is the integrity of each individual human that is in final examination. On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

You can't change anything by fighting or resisting it. You change something by making it obsolete through superior methods. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Geniuses are just people who had good mothers. — R. Buckminster Fuller

When individuals join in a cooperative venture, the power generated far exceeds what they could have accomplished acting individually. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Our power is in our ability to decide. — R. Buckminster Fuller

We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The one common experience of all humanity is the challenge of problems. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Tension is the great integrity. — R. Buckminster Fuller

There is something patently insane about all the typewriters sleeping with all the beautiful plumbing in the beautiful office buildings -and all the people sleeping in the slums. — R. Buckminster Fuller

There is only one revolution tolerable to all men, all societies, all political systems: Revolution by design and invention. — R. Buckminster Fuller

On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate — R. Buckminster Fuller

The most important thing to teach your children is that the sun does not rise and set. It is the Earth that revolves around the sun. Then teach them the concepts of North, South, East and West, and that they relate to where they happen to be on the planet's surface at that time. Everything else will follow. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Only the free-wheeling artist-explorer, non-academic, scientist-philosopher, mechanic, economist-poet who has never waited for patron-starting and accrediting of his co-ordinate capabilities holds the prime initiative today. — R. Buckminster Fuller

We must progress to the stage of doing all the right things for all the right reasons instead of doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

We were deliberately designed to learn only by trial and error. We're brought up, unfortunately, to think that nobody should make mistakes. Most children get de-geniused by the love and fear of their parents - that they might make a mistake. But all my advances were made by mistakes. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Seeing-is-believing is a blind spot in man's vision. — R. Buckminster Fuller

By the time you are 88 years old, you "have consumed 300 tons of food, air and water." — R. Buckminster Fuller

We are operating at an overall mechanical efficiency of only four percent... Therefore, we find that if we increase the overall mechanical efficiency to only twelve percent we can take care of everybody. That three-fold increase in the overall efficiency can only be accomplished by redesign. — R. Buckminster Fuller

We are prisoners of our own metaphors, metaphorically speaking. — R. Buckminster Fuller

With our minds alone we can discover those principles we need to employ to convert all humanity to success in a new, harmonious relationship with the universe. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Nature does have manure and she does have roots as well as blossoms, and you can't hate the manure and blame the roots for not being blossoms. — R. Buckminster Fuller

You can't learn less. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual. — R. Buckminster Fuller

People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Dictators never invent their own opportunities. — R. Buckminster Fuller

All human advances occur in the outlaw area. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Topology is the science of fundamental pattern and structural relationships of event constellations. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

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

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Controlled time is our true wealth. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

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

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

Either war is obsolete, or men are. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking. — R. Buckminster Fuller

A proverb is much matter distilled into few words. — R. Buckminster Fuller

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

All of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly - right now. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The vector equilibrium is the true zero reference of the energetic mathematics. Zero pulsation in the vector equilibrium is the nearest approach we will ever know to eternity and god: the zero phase of conceptual integrity inherent in the positive and negative asymmetries that propagate the differentials of consciousness. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The reward for being a good problem solver is to be heaped with more and more difficult problems to solve — R. Buckminster Fuller

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Life Lessons by R. Buckminster Fuller

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  1. R. Buckminster Fuller's work emphasizes the importance of looking at the world from a holistic perspective and understanding the interconnectedness of all things.
  2. He also advocated for an approach to problem-solving that takes into account the long-term impacts of our decisions, rather than just focusing on short-term solutions.
  3. His work has inspired a new generation of innovators to think more creatively and to develop solutions that are more sustainable and equitable.

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