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Necessity is stronger far than art.
      - Aeschylus, Prometheus Chained (l. 513)

Necessity, like electricity, is in ourselves and all things, and no more without us than within us.
      - Philip James Bailey

Soul of the world, divine Necessity,
  Servant of God, and master of all things.
      - Philip James Bailey

Necessity is often the spur to genius.
      - Honore de Balzac

We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie

Necessity is the only real sovereign in the world, the only despot for whom there is no law.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Now, as I said, the way to the Celestial City lies just through this Town, where this lusty Fair is kept; and he that will go to the City, and yet not go through this Town, must needs go out of the World.
      - John Bunyan

When God will educate a man, He compels him to learn bitter lessons. He sends him to school to the Necessities rather than to the Graces, that by knowing all suffering he may know also the eternal consolations.
      - Celia Burleigh

Manhood begins when we have, in a way, made truce with necessity; begins, at all events, when we have surrendered to necessity, as the most part only do; but begins joyfully and hopefully only when we have reconciled ourselves to necessity, and thus, in reality, triumphed over it, and felt that in necessity we are free.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Necessity urges desperate measures.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

To maken virtue of necessity.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

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, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 2,182), The Knight's Tale

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, Speeches--To Parliament

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.
      - Salvador Dali

It is necessity and not pleasure that compels us.
  [It., Necessita c'induce, e non diletto.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Inferno
         (XII, 87)

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
      - Charles Andre Joseph de Gaulle

Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.
      - Democritus

Necessity is stronger than human nature.
      - Dionysius of Chalcus

Necessity can sharpen the wits even of children.
      - Timothy Dwight

Accident is veiled necessity.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Make yourself necessary to somebody.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Necessity does everything well.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

No picture of life can have any veracity that does not admit the odious facts. A man's power is hooped in by a necessity, which, by many experiments, he touches on every side, until he learns its arc.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

We ought to be thankful to nature for having made those things which are necessary easy to be discovered; while other things that are difficult to be known are not necessary.
      - Epicurus

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