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Quotes of the Day for 12 July 2004 – R. Buckminster Fuller

Richard Buckminster Fuller was born at Milton, Massachusetts on this day in 1895. In 1912 he represented the fifth generation of Fullers accepted at Harvard, but probably the first to be expelled from that school, twice. By turns he was an inventor, architect, author, mathematician, economist, philosopher, and poet. "Bucky" invented the geodesic dome and coined the phrase "spaceship Earth".

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You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.


The quotes:

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

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

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

Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering.

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth - an instruction book didn't come with it.

When I am 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 it is wrong.
     - All from R. Buckminster Fuller, 1895 - 1983


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