NECESSITY QUOTES

quotations about necessity

Necessity [is the] mother of invention.

WILLIAM WYCHERLEY, Love in a Wood

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

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

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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, November 18, 1783

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Necessity is a violent school-mistress.

MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE, Essays

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Necessity knows no rules.

AUGUST STRINDBERG, Miss Julie

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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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I don't think necessity is the mother of invention -- invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

AGATHA CHRISTIE, An Autobiography

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Necessity relieves us from the embarrassment of choice.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

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Where necessity speaks it demands.

RUSSIAN PROVERB

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If necessity is the mother of invention then failure is the father of success.

ANDREW EBORN, "The Failure Awards for defunct branding", The Drum, August 15, 2017

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Necessity never made a good bargain.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac

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Necessity embitters the evils which it cannot cure.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

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Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

DANIEL DEFOE, Serious Reflections of Robinson Crusoe

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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, September 12, 1654

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Necessity does the work of courage.

GEORGE ELIOT, Romola

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Necessity moderates more troubles than reason.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

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Necessity often has a brow of despair.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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Necessity teaches wisdom, while prosperity makes fools.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

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

WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Essays on Men and Manners

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

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Absalom, Absalom!

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