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NECESSITY
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Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.
      - Euripides

Art imitates nature, and necessity is the mother of invention.
      - Richard Franck, Northern Memoirs (p. 52)

Necessity has no law.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Necessity never made a good bargain.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Our necessities never equal our wants.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Necessity does not submit to debate.
      - Giuseppe Garibaldi

Great necessity elevates man, petty necessity casts him down.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Necessity is cruel, but it is the only test of inward strength. Every fool may live according to his own likings.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The iron hand of necessity commands, and her stern decree is supreme law, to which the gods even must submit. In deep silence rules the uncounselled sister of eternal fate. Whatever she lays upon thee, endure; perform whatever she commands.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To make necessity a virtue (a virtue of necessity).
  [Lat., Necessitatem in virtutem commutarum.]
      - Hadrianus Julius,
        Addition to Adages of Erasmus

The word "necessary" is miserably applied. It disordereth families, and overturneth government, by being so abused. Remember that children and fools want everything because they want judgment to distinguish; and therefore there is no stronger evidence of a crazy understanding than the making too large a catalogue of things necessary.
      - Charles Montagu Halifax, Lord Halifax

In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources.
      - Alexander Hamilton

Necessity makes dastards valiant men.
      - Robert Herrick

Necessity takes impartially the highest and the lowest.
  [Lat., Aequa lege necessitas
    Sortitur insignes et imos.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 1, 14)

Fate and necessity are unconquerable.
      - Joseph Joubert

Necessity may render a doubtful act innocent, but it cannot make it praiseworthy.
      - Joseph Joubert

There is no contending with necessity, and we should be very tender how we censure those that submit to it. It is one thing to be at liberty to do what we will, and another thing to be tied up to do what we must.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Necessity is the last and strongest weapon.
  [Lat., Necessitas ultimum et maximum telum est.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (IV, 28)

Learn on how little man may live, and how small a portion nature requires.
  [Lat., Discite quam parvo liceat producere vitam,
    Et quantum natura petat.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (IV, 377)

One of the oldest human needs is having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
      - Margaret Mead

So spake the Fiend, and with necessity,
  The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deed.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 393)

Necessity is a violent school-mistress.
  [Fr., C'est une violente maistresse d'eschole que la necessite.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. I, 47)

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.
      - George (Augustus) Moore

Necessity, that great refuge and excuse for human frailty, breaks through all law; and he is not to be accounted in fault whose crime is not the effect of choice, but force.
      - Blaise Pascal

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, Necessity


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