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Necessity [is] the mother of invention.

GEORGE FARQUHAR, The Twin Rivals

Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.

E.B. WHITE, The New Yorker, Jun. 19, 1937

Necessity knows no rules.

AUGUST STRINDBERG, Miss Julie

Necessity never made a good bargain.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac

Necessity embitters the evils which it cannot cure.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

WILLIAM PITT, speech, Nov. 18, 1783

Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

DANIEL DEFOE, Serious Reflections of Robinson Crusoe

Necessity hath no law. Feigned necessities, imaginary necessities ... are the greatest cozenage that men can put upon the Providence of God, and make pretences to break known rules by.

OLIVER CROMWELL, speech to Parliament, Sept. 12, 1654

Necessity does the work of courage.

GEORGE ELIOT, Romola

Necessity moderates more troubles than reason.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

Necessity often has a brow of despair.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

Necessity teaches wisdom, while prosperity makes fools.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

Necessity may be the mother of lucrative invention; but is the death of poetical.

WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Essays on Men and Manners

Necessity has a way of obliterating from our conduct various delicate scruples regarding honor and pride.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Absalom, Absalom!

I hold that mortal foolish who strives against the stress of necessity.

EURIPIDES, Hercules Furens

Necessity has no law.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Necessity inspires the fatal thought.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Agamemnon

Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity.

HANNAH ARENDT, The Human Condition

Nothing is necessitated whose opposite is possible.

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ, Discours de métaphysique

Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life


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