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July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983; American inventor, architect and philosopher

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.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

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

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

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

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.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
Richard 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?
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no
instruction book came with it.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

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.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Humans beings always do the most intelligent thing - after they've tried every stupid
alternative and none of them have worked.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

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

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.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

I look for what needs to be done. After all, that's how the universe designs itself.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as
fundamental problem-solvers.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

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

The primary purpose for government is to be a vehicle for the rich to get their hands into our
pockets.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

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

When I was born, humanity was 95 per cent illiterate. Since I've been born, the population
has doubled and that total population is now 65 per cent literate. That's a gain of 130-fold of
the literacy. When humanity is primarily illiterate, it needs leaders to understand and get the
information and deal with it. When we are at the point where the majority of humans
themselves are literate, able to get the information, we're in an entirely new relationship to
Universe. We are at the point where the integrity of the individual counts and not what the
political leadership or the religious leadership says to do.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

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

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.
Richard 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.
Richard 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.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is
quite staggering.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

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

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.
Richard 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.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

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.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

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

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