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Necessity quotes and quotations

Not even the gods fight against necessity.
Simonides

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.
Thomas Carlyle

Necessity never made a good bargain.
Benjamin Franklin

Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true -- but it's father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife.
Jonathan Schattke

Necessity has no law.
William Langland

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

Necessity is stronger far than art.
Aeschylus

Thanne is it wysdom, as thynketh me, To maken vertu of necessite, And take it weel, that we may not eschu, And namely that that to us alle is due.
Geoffrey Chaucer

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

No, rather I abjure all roofs, and choose To wage against the emnity o' th' air, To be a comrade with the wolf and owl, Necessity's sharp pinch.
William Shakespeare

Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Karl Marx

Without death and decay, how could life go on?
John Burroughs

Necessity has no law.
Benjamin Franklin

It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.
Oliver Cromwell

It is necessity and not pleasure that compels us.
Dante

Art imitates nature, and necessity is the mother of invention.
Richard Franck

To make necessity a virtue (a virtue of necessity).
Hadrianus Julius

Necessity takes impartially the highest and the lowest.
Horace

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
Dante

Necessity is the mother of invention.
Jonathan Swift

Our necessities are few but our wants are endless.
Josh Billings

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

Necessity knows no law except to conquer.
Publilius Syrus

An extravagance is something that your spirit thinks is a necessity.
Bern Williams

Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.
Euripides

Necessity is the last and strongest weapon.
Titus Livy

Learn on how little man may live, and how small a portion nature requires.
Lucanus

So spake the Fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deed.
John Milton

Necessity is a violent school-mistress.
Michael Eyquen de Montaigne

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
William Pitt, Earl of Chatham

He who would eat the kernel, must crack the shell.
Plautus

Necessity when threatening is more powerful than device of man.
Quintus Curtius Rufus

Omission to do what is necessary Seals a commission to a blank of danger; And danger, like an ague, subtly taints Even then when we sit idly in the sun.
William Shakespeare

Necessity dispenseth with decorum.
Thomas Fuller

The art of our necessities is strange, That can make vile things precious.
William Shakespeare

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to.
Walter Linn

Make yourself necessary to somebody.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Necessity makes even the timid brave.
Sallust

Stern is the visage of necessity.
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

It is in these useless and superfluous things that I am rich and happy.
Scopas

Necessity--thou best of peacemakers, As well as surest prompter of invention.
Sir Walter Scott

It is bad to live for necessity; but there is no necessity to live in necessity.
Seneca

Now we sit close about this taper here And call in question our necessities.
William Shakespeare

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to.
Walter Linn

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

Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity.
Jean Toomer

If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger.
Georg C. Lichtenberg

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.
Roger von Oech

The chalice is ephemeral. Jesus' blood eternal.
Saiom Shriver

We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My steps have pressed the flowers, That to the Muses' bowers The eternal dews of Helicon have given: And trod the mountain height, Where Science, young and bright, Scans with poetic gaze the midnight-heaven. Yet have I found no power to vie With thine, severe necessity!
Thomas Love Peacock