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Wisdom from Buckminster Fuller | 10 Inspiring Quotes


Buckminster Fuller Quotes

On the weekend I felt inspired to post this quote by Buckminster Fuller on the Simple Life Strategies Facebook Page (if you’ve not liked us on here, then get involved):

“We should do away with the absolutely spurious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

The quote seemed to resonate with quite a few people so I thought I’d share some more wisdom from the neo-futurist architect who has inspired so many. As someone who has chosen to dedicate their life to helping others find their passion, I completely resonated with everything that Fuller said in the quote above. I meet so many people who are slowly wasting away their lives trying to earn a living, when it doesn’t really have to be that way.

I firmly believe that we all have a unique skill or talent that is just waiting to be discovered and utilised in our lives…something that will make us come alive and express who we really are. In-fact I know this to be a fact because I help people find out what is unique about them each and every week.

And I think what can happen sometimes is that we get so obsessed with earning a living that we forget to find out what we might be genuinely passionate about in life. We get stuck in a rut so-to-speak. I guess we are creatures of habit after-all. So thanks to Buckminster Fuller for this reminder that there is more to life than just earning a living.

If (like me when I stumbled upon his quote), you know nothing about Mr Fuller, then let me enlighten you. Buckminster Fuller was an American neo-futurist architect. He was also a writer and an inventor and published more than 30 books. I like him because he’s a straight shooter. He tells it like it is. And he’s pretty funny too. Nothing like a bit of humour thrown into an intelligent quote. In-fact I think more intelligent quotes should be peppered with humour – it’s the one thing that keeps the world light 🙂

Anyway, enough about the history of the man, I thought I’d share some more of his quotes because quite frankly they are too good not to share. Take your time to cruise through the quotes below. Take in the ones that resonate with you and leave the ones that don’t. Maybe even share the ones that make you feel something.

Enjoy 🙂

Wisdom from Buckminster: 10 Inspiring Quotes


find your passion quote

buckminster fuller quote

do what you love quote

man knows so much and does so little

genius quote

mistakes quote

integrity quote

the purpose of life

earn a living

Tell me – what do you think of Buckminster Fuller? Which quote resonates with you the most? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Have a happy Friday!


Zoë B

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5 Comments. Leave new

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful” – Never a truer word spoken and why so much in the World is broken! Wow, I’m a poet and didn’t knowet! Thanks for your valuable insights Zoe, I love what you do. I just need to find the courage and discipline to act on things we all know, deep down, to be right and true. We’ve made life way too hard!


Thanks Chris 🙂 I like your rhyming styles! You hit the nail on the head – we already know everything we need to know…it’s just we get in our own way 🙂 Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it. To courage!


Thanks for your insightful post Zoe!

Personally I love being unemployed and haven’t had a job for 10 years now, since I bit the bullet and started doing what I love for a living.

But it was a pretty scary decision to take and I had to do it in baby steps. I read somewhere that 95% of people would rather make a bad decision and face the unknown. I totally get that.

Fear can really keep you stuck in one place – and it can be contageous!

Great quotes, thanks again.


Good for you Sonia! I’m so happy to hear you love what you do 🙂 You’re right – uncertainty is one of the things we avoid the most as human beings. Even though life is filled with uncertainty! Thanks for the comment 🙂


If you are not living in joy, you are out of integrity with your soul. ~ Michael Beckwith.


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