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Necessity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Necessity

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Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

Related topics: Values Urgency Self Honor

There is One Infinite Mind,
which of necessity includes all that is,
whether it be the intelligence in man,
the life in the animal,
or the invisible Presence which is God.
- Ernest Holmes

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

NECESSITY and URGENCY are twin poisons of our rattlesnake minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Proverb

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every man builds his world in his own image.
He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
- Ayn Rand

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Mothers are the necessity of invention.
- Bill Watterson

A faith is a necessity to a man.
Woe to him who believes in nothing.
- Victor Hugo

Travel, which was once either a necessity or an adventure,
has become very largely a commodity,
and from all sides we are persuaded into thinking that
it is a social requirement,
too.
- Jan Morris

The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
- Carl Jung

Work is a necessity for man.
Man invented the alarm clock.
- Pablo Picasso

But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them,
I too believe in the necessity of organization.
- Robert Shea

If necessity is the mother of invention,
it's the father of cooperation.
And we're cooperating like never before.
- John Ashcroft

Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury,
not a necessity like petrol.
But to me it's the oil of life.
- John Betjeman

To the mass of mankind religion of some kind is a necessity.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

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

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience,
the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Writing is no dying art form in America because most
published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity
of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.
- Elizabeth George

While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality...
true art lies in a reality that is felt.
- Odilon Redon

As far as military necessity will permit,
religiously respect the constitutional rights of all.
- George McClellan

Not even Ares battles against necessity.
- Sophocles

She was chronologically in luck.
She corresponded to necessity.
- Lincoln Kirstein

Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

Nobody should trust their virtue with necessity,
the force of which is never known till it is felt,
and it is therefore one of the first duties to avoid the temptation of it.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
- Augustine of Hippo

Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity;
for if man's power is increased,
the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened.
- Madame de Stael

So we have a group within the office that is devoted
to support for the war fighter.
That's, of necessity, an operational and tactical level of concern.
- Stephen Cambone

My earliest poems sing of the absolute necessity of
allowing love to invade and pervade one's life.
That can make the miracle happen in reality.
Try it.
- James Broughton

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
- Edward Abbey

For me, skiing is a physical necessity.
I have a need for risk.
- Jean-Marie Messier

Being a hooker does not mean being evil.
The same with a pick-pocket, or even a thief.
You do what you do out of necessity.
- Samuel Fuller

Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace.
- Solomon Ibn Gabirol

I am one of those for whom superfluity is a necessity.
- Theophile Gautier

They might not need me; but they might.
I'll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small
as mine might be precisely their necessity.
- Emily Dickinson

Necessity does the work of courage.
- Nicholas M. Butler

You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the
worst of two evils or none at all.
So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two.
Nixon is impossible.
- Harry S. Truman

In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity,
the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
- Raoul Vaneigem

The United States is not a nation to which peace is a necessity.
- Grover Cleveland

The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity
can no more be doubted than to hang a robber,
or kill a flea.
- John Adams

Parents decide to accept the responsibility of raising children.
Any thanks they get for doing that is gravy.
Grateful children are a blessing, but they aren't a necessity.
- Donald C. Medeiros

I bless God for this retirement: I never was more thankful
for any thing than I have been of late for the necessity
I am under of self-denial in many respects.
- David Brainerd

First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical.
The political side is required principally because
of the necessity of the current Russian position.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Some men have a necessity to be mean,
as if they were exercising a faculty which they had
to partially neglect since early childhood.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

I was born with music inside me.
Music was one of my parts.
Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart.
Like my blood.
It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene.
It was a necessity for me-like food or water.
- Ray Charles

The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't
allow the necessity of love.
See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
- Maya Angelou

Nothing is more active than thought,
for it travels over the universe,
and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.
- Thales

I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of
necessity has to argue that it is the only reading
of the human experience in order to stay alive.
- Chaim Potok

The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the
necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.
- Robert Benchley

The free trade movement in the middle of the last century
represents the first conscious recognition of these
new circumstances and of the necessity to adapt to them.
- Christian Lous Lange

I found it liberating of necessity to devise my own
style and my own tactics and to look for a voice on
the instrument because there weren't really any that impacted strongly on me.
- Steve Swallow

The promise given was a necessity of the past:
the word broken is a necessity of the present.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon
against the suicide impulse.
- Karl A. Menninger

Necessity makes even the timid brave.
- Sallust

God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper

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

It is conceivable that what is unified form to the
author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience.
- Charles Ives

Classic art was the art of necessity:
modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
- Max Eastman

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity,
to which not only the actual word, but every possible word,
must conform.
- Bertrand Russell

To doubt everything, or, to believe everything,
are two equally convenient solutions;
both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
- Henri Poincare

There has already been the karmic work:
that what life has transformed in me,
this initiation brought on, of necessity,
by trials.
- Isabelle Adjani

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When mankind first saw the necessity of government,
it is probable that many had conceived the desire of ruling.
- Thomas Clarkson

I will not attempt to deny the reasonableness and necessity of a party war;
but in carrying on that war all principles and rules
of justice should not be departed from.
- Robert Walpole

Then certainly for a musician timing becomes something
that is immediately accessible as a concept,
because it's a necessity in ones everyday performance.
- Robert Fripp

Good critical writing is measured by the perception
and evaluation of the subject;
bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining
the professional standing of the critic.
- Raymond Chandler

Vice came in always at the door of necessity,
not at the door of inclination.
- Daniel Defoe

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I am coming more and more to the conviction that the
necessity of our geometry cannot be demonstrated,
at least neither by, nor for, the human intellect.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

People without firmness of character love to make up a fate for themselves;
that relieves them of the necessity of having their
own will and of taking responsibility for themselves.
- Ivan Turgenev

If bread is the first necessity of life,
recreation is a close second.
- Edward Bellamy


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