Favorite Quotes

90 degrees into the wind

May 06, 2008 - 02:24:03 PM

"We will need the full genius of this self-regenerative universe to help us navigate through what could very well become a more and more narrow passage to a benign future. I hope that my life can serve as a hopeful sign to help you and all of humanity through the trials and tribulations that will undoubtedly come our way in the not distant future. It won't be smooth sailing I can tell you that much. The seas will get very rough. Spaceship Earth is at least ninety degrees off course. You see, in such a situation, a course correction of a few degrees just won't do. We need to actually take the helm and turn her hard into the wind. We need to really change our tack and not just make empty gestures. This is going to take a tremendous amount of power. Once we have the power only our integrity can see us through the storm that is approaching."

Buckminster Fuller

Getting the right side of the world revolution

April 06, 2009 - 06:52:59 PM

“If we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism…”
—Dr. Martin Luther King, April 4, 1967

Courage to really go along with the truth

February 15, 2009 - 11:59:39 PM

“I have to say, I think that we are in some kind of final examination as to whether human beings now, with this capability to acquire information and to communicate, whether we’re really qualified to take on the responsibility we’re designed to be entrusted with. And this is not a matter of an examination of the types of governments, nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with economic systems. It has to do with the individual. Does the individual have the courage to really go along with the truth?”

Buckminster Fuller

Effective Universe-Human

February 15, 2009 - 11:58:07 PM

"Human life is born utterly helpless and must be fostered by others and by a favorable environment. As it grows older it usually becomes more responsible for its own and other’s success. At this moment in history heretofore preponderantly innocent and ignorant humanity, operative only with subconscious success, is being required by universal evolution to participate more consciously in humanity’s evolutionary transition—from a very local parasite on this planet Earth to an energy-conserving intellectually effective universe-human.”

Buckminster Fuller

How big can we think?

February 15, 2009 - 11:55:58 PM

“We begin by eschewing the role of specialists who deal only with parts. Becoming deliberately expansive instead of contractive, we ask, “How do we think in terms of wholes?” If it is true that the bigger the thinking becomes the more lastingly effective it is, we must ask, “How big can we think?”

Buckminster Fuller

Fossil Fuels

February 15, 2009 - 11:48:30 PM

"The fossil fuel deposits of our Spaceship Earth correspond to our automobile’s storage battery which must be conserved to turn over the main engine’s self-starter. Thereafter, our 'main engine,' the life regenerating processes must operate exclusively on our daily energy income from the powers of wind, tide, water, and direct sun radiation energy.”

Buckminster Fuller

World Game

February 15, 2009 - 11:45:06 PM

“I proposed that individuals and teams would undertake to play the “World Game”…The players as individuals or teams would each develop their own theory of how to make the total world work successfully for all humanity. The objective of the game would be to explore for ways to make it possible for anybody and everybody in the human family to enjoy the total earth without any human interfering with any other human and without any human gaining advantage at the expense of another.”

Buckminster Fuller


February 15, 2009 - 11:41:41 PM

“Wealth is the measurable degree of forwardly organized environmental control, in terms of quickly convertible energy, capacities and performance ratioed system capabilities per capita, per diem.”

Buckminster Fuller

Global Energy Grid

February 15, 2009 - 11:37:05 PM

“With all the world's electric energy needs being supplied by a twenty-four-hour-around, omni-integrated network, all of yesterday's, one-half-the-time-unemployed, standby generators will be usable all the time, thus swiftly doubling the operating capacity of the world's electrical energy grid.”

Buckminster Fuller


February 15, 2009 - 11:23:18 PM

"Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking."

Buckminster Fuller
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, 1963

A Designer is .....

February 15, 2009 - 11:21:08 PM

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

Buckminster Fuller

Design Science Decade

February 15, 2009 - 11:16:30 PM

"The world's economic accounting system, if properly entered into the world's computers, will quickly indicate that comprehensive economic success for all humanity is now realizable within a Design Science Decade. All it takes is shifting from weaponry to livingry production."

Buckminster Fuller
Grunch of Giants 1983

Final Exam

February 15, 2009 - 11:13:06 PM

"The present evolutionary crises of humans on planet Earth is that of final examination for their continuance in Universe. It is not an examination of political, economic, or religious systems but of the integrity of each and all individual humans' responsible thinking and unselfish response to the acceleration in evolution's evermore unprecedented events."  

Buckminster Fuller


February 15, 2009 - 11:09:06 PM

"Initiative springs only from within the individual. Initiative can neither be created nor delegated. It can only be vacated. Initiative can only be taken by the individual on his own self-conviction of the necessity to overcome his conditioned reflexing which has accustomed him heretofore always to yield authority to the wisdom of others. Initiative is only innate and highly perishable".

Buckminster Fuller

Crisis of Ignorence

February 15, 2009 - 11:06:38 PM

" There is no energy crisis,food crisis or environmental crisis. There is a crisis of ignorance"

Buckminster Fuller

Thinking About the Earth as a Whole

February 15, 2009 - 11:04:03 PM

"I saw that there was nothing to stop me from trying to think about our total planet Earth and thinking realistically about how to operate it on an enduringly sustainable basis as the magnificent human-passengered spaceship that it is."

Buckminster Fuller

Reform the Environment

February 15, 2009 - 11:01:33 PM

"My discipline is to reform the environment in ways favorable to the success of all humanity with the confidence that propitious environmental circumstances induce spontaneously pro-social behaviors"

Buckminster Fuller

Only Integrity Counts

February 15, 2009 - 10:59:25 PM

"Whether we are able to be a complete success or failure is in such critical balance that every smallest human test of integrity every smallest moment-to-moment decision tips the scales affirmatively or negatively."

Buckminster Fuller

Affording what we need to do

April 16, 2008 - 10:27:33 PM

"Humanity is about to discover that what ever it needs to do and knows how to do it can always afford to do and that in fact is only and all it can afford to do"

Buckminster Fuller


October 23, 2007 - 04:13:58 PM

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

Utopia or Oblvion

October 15, 2007 - 12:23:43 PM

"Think of it. We are blessed with technology that would be indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal, the know-it-all to feed everybody, clothe everybody, and give every human on Earth a chance. We know now what we could never have known before-that we now have the option for all humanity to make it successfully on this planet in this lifetime. Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment."
— Buckminster Fuller 1980


From Proteous Journal: Fall 1983 -- Humanity's Critical Path: Form Weaponry to Livingry

July 27, 2007 - 05:05:10 PM

"Failure of of humans on planet Earth to fulfill satisfactorily and faithfully their generalized information gathering and local problem-solving in support of eternal regeneration of Universe simply means death of this particular planetary installation of mind endowed humans. The failure of humans means the function must be performed by other phenomena capable of embracing and reliably serving the information agglomerating and problem-solving function. The enternal Universe show must go on."

Buckminster Fuller, 1983



June 07, 2007 - 12:45:53 PM

"When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."

-- Buckminster Fuller

design science bloodless

May 24, 2007 - 04:03:26 PM

"Design Science is the positive extension of passive resistence. Passive resistence bloodlessly dissipates the undesirable. Design Science bloodlessly gains the desirable."

-- Buckminster Fuller, 1973