You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

β€” 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.

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You cannot change how someone thinks, but you can give them a tool to use which will lead them to think differently.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Love is metaphysical gravity.

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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.

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The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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About R. Buckminster Fuller

Quotes 310 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Inventor
Birthday July 12, 1895

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Real wealth is ideas plus energy.

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

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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.

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There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance.

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The World has become too dangerous for anything less than Utopia.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 β€” a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.

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

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I do not look upon human beings as good or bad.

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

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Integrity is the courage and self-discipline to cooperate and initiate according to the Divine, which you know in your heart as Truth.

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

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It is the integrity of each individual human that is in final examination.

On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate.

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Geniuses are just people who had good mothers.

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You can't change anything by fighting or resisting it.

You change something by making it obsolete through superior methods.

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

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

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The one common experience of all humanity is the challenge of problems.

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

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Tension is the great integrity.

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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.

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On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate

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God is a verb, not a noun.

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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