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NECESSITY
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Necessity is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves.
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
        Speeches--The India Bill

Even God is said to be unable to use force against necessity.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

There is nothing more friendly than a friend in need.
  [Lat., Nihil homini amico est opportuno amicius.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

He who would eat the kernel, must crack the shell.
  [Lat., Qui e nuce nucleum esse vult, frangat nucem.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Curculio
         (I, 1, 55)

Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.
      - Francis Quarles

Necessity when threatening is more powerful than device of man.
  [Lat., Efficacior omni arte imminens necessitas.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (IV, 3, 23)

Necessity makes even the timid brave.
  [Lat., Necessitas etiam timidos fortes facit.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Catilina (58)

Stern is the visage of necessity.
  [Ger., Ernst ist der Anblick der Nothwendigkeit.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (I, 4, 45)

It is in these useless and superfluous things that I am rich and happy.
      - Scopas, in Plutarch's "Life of Cato"

Necessity--thou best of peacemakers,
  As well as surest prompter of invention.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Peveril of the Peak
         (heading of ch. XXVI)

Necessity is stronger than duty.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

It is bad to live for necessity; but there is no necessity to live in necessity.
  [Lat., Malum est necessitati vivere; sed in necessitate vivere necessitas nulla est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles
         (58)

There is no virtue like necessity.
      - William Shakespeare

What fate imposes, men must needs abide; it boots not to resist both wind and tide.
      - William Shakespeare

Now we sit close about this taper here
  And call in question our necessities.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at IV, iii)

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, King Lear
         (King Lear at II, iv)

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,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Patroclus at III, iii)

Teach thy necessity to reason thus:
  There is no virtue like necessity.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at I, iii)

Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Necessity, thou mother of the world!
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Spirit of Nature! all-sufficing Power!
  Necessity, thou mother of the world!
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab (pt. VI)

The argument of the weak.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Sheer necessity--the proper parent of an art so nearly allied to invention.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Critic
         (act I, sc. 2)

Fear is the underminer of all determinations; and necessity, the victorious rebel of all laws.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)


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