70 Buckminster Fuller Quotes That Are Inspiring

R. Buckminster Fuller was an American engineer architect and futurist who created the geodesic dome a unique large dome that stands on the ground without additional support and has no size limits.

One famous geodesic dome is the United States pavilion for Expo 67 in Montreal.

Fuller also a poet and philosopher had unique views on global issues.

Fuller had a rich family history and served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.

Buckminster Fuller Quotes

He co-founded a construction company with his father-in-law James Monroe Hewlett which faced financial difficulties in 1927.

Afterward Fuller decided to devote his life to finding design patterns to maximize social uses of the world’s resources.

Fuller created the Dymaxion house and car which were innovative but not commercially produced.

His vectorial system of geometry led to the development of the geodesic dome which has been used worldwide.

Fuller received multiple awards including the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture and was a research professor at Southern Illinois University.

He wrote several books outlining his technological strategy for maximizing energy resources and their social applications.

I have listed the top quotes by Buckminster Fuller.

Best Buckminster Fuller Quotes


Either war is obsolete or men are. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


Controlled time is our true wealth. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


Don’t fight forces, use them. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Real wealth is ideas plus energy. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


Dare to be naïve. ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller.

God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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

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


The opposite of nature is impossible. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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

It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom? ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Life is the spirit incarnate in time. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

It really does require a courage and a self-disciplining to go along with that truth. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Famous Buckminster Fuller Quotes


The further art advances the closer it approaches science, the further science advances the closer it approaches art. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


Sharing is having more. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Mistakes are great, the more I make the smarter I get. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

The courage to cooperate or initiate are based entirely on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth as the divine mind within you tells you the truth is. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


A fool with a tool still remains a fool. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Integrity is the essence of everything successful. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

You can’t change the way people think, all you can do is give them a tool, the use of which will change their thinking. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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


Seeing-is-believing is a blind spot in man’s vision. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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

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

You can make money or you can make sense. The two are mutually exclusive. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


Gold and silver from the dead turn often into lead. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Top Buckminster Fuller Quotes

Physics has found no straight lines. Instead, the physical universe consists of only waves undulating back and forth allowing for corrections and balance. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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

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. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


Geniuses are just people who had good mothers. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Wealth is a measure of a person’s ability to survive so many days forward. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

To do more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

If you change the environment, you change the people. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


I’m not a genius. I’m just a tremendous bundle of experience. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

I am a passenger on the spaceship Earth. ~ R. Buckminister 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. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


I have spent most of my life unlearning things that were proved not to be true. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

The minute you choose to do what you really want to do, it’s a different kind of life. ~ Buckminster Fuller.

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

People never leave a sinking ship until they see the lights of another ship approaching. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

I call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you’ve got to hook the fish. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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

You don’t belong to you. You belong to the Universe and you’re here to serve. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


The future is a choice between Utopia and oblivion. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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

Popular Buckminster Fuller Quotes

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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

I’m not a genius. I’m just a tremendous bundle of experience. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


You can never learn less; you can only learn more. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

All children are born geniuses; 9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertently degeniusized by grownups. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Synergy means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

I’m not trying to copy Nature, I’m trying to find the principles she’s using. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

God is a verb, not a noun. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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

Inspirational Buckminster Fuller Quotes

The more we learn the more we realize how little we know. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


You either make sense or you make money. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword. ~ Buckminster Fuller.

I just invent. Then I wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented. ~ 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. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

The Universe consists of non-simultaneously apprehended events. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.


Love is metaphysical gravity. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller.

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

So these were the 70 quotes from Buckminster Fuller for you.

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