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NECESSITY
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[ Also see Choice Desire Destiny Fate Force Invention Law Obligation Poverty Superfluity Want Wishes ]

Not even the gods contend with necessity.
      - Simonides of Ceos

The gods do not fight against necessity.
      - Simonides of Ceos 3, 20

Nede hath no lawe.
      - John Skelton, Colyn Cloute (l. 865)

Necessity is always the first stimulus to industry, and those who conduct it with prudence, perseverance and energy will rarely fail. Viewed in this light, the necessity of labor is not a chastisement, but a blessing,--the very root and spring of all that we call progress in individuals and civilization in nations.
      - Samuel Smiles

Necessity, oftener than facility, has been the mother of invention; and the most prolific school of all has been the school of difficulty.
      - Samuel Smiles

I hold that to need nothing is divine, and the less a man needs the nearer he does approach divinity.
      - Socrates,
        quoted by Xenophon's Memoirs, bk. I, 6, 10

To need nothing is divine, and the less a man needs the nearer does he approach to divinity.
      - Socrates

What a lot of things there are a man can do without.
      - Socrates

We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

A wise man never refuses anything to necessity.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims (540)

Necessity knows no law except to conquer.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims (553)

What was once to me mere matter of the fancy now has grown the vast necessity of heart and life.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
  [Fr., Le superflu, chose tres necessaire.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Le Mondain

Who, doomed to go in company with Pain
  And Fear and Bloodshed,--miserable train!--
    Turns his necessity to glorious gain.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Character of a Happy Warrior

Necessity, the mother of invention.
      - William Wycherley, Love in a Wood
         (act III, sc. 3)

The necessities that exist are in general created by the superfluities that are enjoyed.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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