Bucky Fuller Quotes


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.

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.

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.

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

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.

Don’t fight forces, use them.

Either war is obsolete, or men are.

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

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

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

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.

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

Love is metaphysical gravity.

God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper.

Integrity is the essence of everything successful.

God is a verb, not a noun.

I am a very, not a noun.

Sometimes I think we’re alone. Sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the thought is staggering.

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

You can never learn less, you can only learn more.

Tension is the great integrity.

I look for what needs to be done. After all, that’s how the universe designs itself.

Man knows so much and does so little.

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.

The earth is like a spaceship that didn’t come with an operating manual.

Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn’t.

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.

War is the ultimate tool of politics.

Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.

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