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"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

Born: July 12, 1895

Die: July 1, 1983

Occupation: Architect

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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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Man knows so much and does so little.

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If we do more with less, our response will be adequate to take care of everybody.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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The Universe consists of non-simultaneously apprehended events.

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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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It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.

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I have spent most of my life unlearning things that were proved not to be true

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We as economic society are going to have to pay our whole population to go to school and pay it to stay at school.

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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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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

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Every time man makes a new experiment he always learns more. He cannot learn less.

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Initiative can neither be created nor delegated. It can only spring from the self-determining individual, who decides that the wisdom of others is not always better than his own.

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Some of us are just less damaged than others.

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

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Don't try to make me consistent. I am learning all the time.

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The more for whom we strive to serve, the greater effectiveness we will have.

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Don't fight forces, use them.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.

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

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By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties.

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

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

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

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

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

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If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.

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Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.

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

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Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.

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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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You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes.

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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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The world is now too dangerous for anything less than utopia.

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You can't learn less.

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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.

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I'm not trying to copy Nature, I'm trying to find the principles she's using.

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Everything can be linked together in some fashion, in either a physical, psychological, or symbolic manner.

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

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

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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.

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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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Always tell only the truth, and all the truth, and do so promptly - right now.

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The self-commissioned architect is the obviously exclusive potential - for as at present used, or designed, the world's resources are serving only forty-four per cent of humanity.

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[My vision is] To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.

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