There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you’re doing well.
There is room enough indoors in New York City for the whole 1963 world’s population to enter, with room enough inside for all hands to dance the twist in average nightclub proximity.
Prime Design (May 1960), later published in The Buckminster Fuller Reader (1970) edited by James Meller
To ask a politician to lead us is to ask the tail of a dog to lead the dog.
“The Designers and the Politicians” (1962), later published in Beyond Left & Right : Radical Thought for Our Times(1968) by Richard Kostelanetz, p. 368
God, to me, it seems
is a verb,
not a noun,
proper or improper.
No More Secondhand God (1963)
The opposite of nature is impossible.
Public lecture at Columbia University (Spring 1965)
Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.
Utopia or Oblivion: The Prospects of Humanity (1969)
Man is going to be displaced altogether as a specialist by the computer. Man himself is being forced to reestablish, employ, and enjoy his innate “comprehensivity.” Coping with the totality of Spaceship Earth and universe is ahead for all of us.
The difference between mind and brain is that brain deals only with memorized, subjective, special-case experiences and objective experiments, while mind extracts and employs the generalized principles and integrates and interrelates their effective employment. Brain deals exclusively with the physical, and mind exclusively with the metaphysical.
Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all co-operate and don’t hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. These are the synergetic rules that evolution is employing and trying to make clear to us. They are not man-made laws. They are the infinitely accommodative laws of the intellectual integrity governing universe.
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?
Integrity of the individual is what we’re being judged for and if we are not passing that examination, we don’t really have the guts, we’ll blow ourselves up. It will be all over. I think it’s all the difference in the world.