Quotations by R Buckminster Fuller


When working on a problem, I never think about beauty; I think only of how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know that it is wrong.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)

I am a passenger on the spaceship, Earth.
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (New York 1969)

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.

Don't fight forces, use them.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

Pollution is nothing but resources we're not using.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

God, to me, it seems
is a verb
not a noun
proper or improper.
No More Secondhand God


JOC/EFR February 2006

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