Quotes and Sayings about Necessity



"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
(Related: Nation, Necessity, Right)

"There has already been the karmic work: that what life has transformed in me, this initiation brought on, of necessity, by trials."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: Life, Necessity, Trials)

"And the Marshall Plan, to us, meant a general who had turned into a secretary of state, and that the secretary of state saw the necessity of the reconstruction of these European countries that had suffered so heavily."
- Giovanni Agnelli
(Related: Countries, Necessity, State)

"The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man."
- Nelson Algren
(Related: Man, Necessity, Responsibility, Writer)

"For a successful revolution it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Successful, Conviction, Discontent, Revolution, Rights, Importance, Justice, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Love, Trust, Women, Revolution, Necessity, Sadness)

"It is necessary to posit something which is necessary of itself, and has no cause of its necessity outside of itself but is the cause of necessity in other things. And all people call this thing God."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: God, People, Cause, Necessity)

"Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Successful, Freedom, Man, Necessity)

"If necessity is the mother of invention, it's the father of cooperation. And we're cooperating like never before."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: Mother, Father, Cooperation, Invention, Necessity)

"A musician cannot move others unless he too is moved. He must of necessity feel all of the affects that he hopes to arouse in his audience, for the revealing of his own humour will stimulate a like humour in the listener."
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Related: Necessity, Will)

"Blanche is written with a terrible authority, the authority that comes from artistic necessity when the writer is compelled to write by his demon, rather than by his agent or promoter."
- Paul Bailey
(Related: Authority, Necessity, Writer)

"Nevertheless, this type of propaganda has a special value, for it serves to convince those who sign the appeal, of the necessity for carrying on propaganda; so a corps of propagandists, if I may use the term, is thus trained."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: May, Necessity, Propaganda, Value)

"Thence results, for science as well as for industry, the necessity of the division and association of labor. I receive and I give - such is human life. Each directs and is directed in his turn."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Science, Life, Labor, Necessity, Results)

"No age, sex, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one is vastly beneath the rank of man."
- Bernard Barton
(Related: Age, Sex, Man, Modesty, Necessity, Rank)

"No sex, age, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one vastly beneath the rank of man."
- Bruce Barton
(Related: Age, Sex, Man, Modesty, Necessity, Rank)

"If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second."
- Edward Bellamy
(Related: Life, First, Necessity, Recreation)

"The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon."
- Robert Benchley
(Related: Necessity, Writing)

"With Cold Sassy Tree having its first production, I saw no necessity to do anything other than produce it with the correct setting."
- Bruce Beresford
(Related: First, Necessity, Production)

"Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural."
- John Berger
(Related: Thought, Being, Compassion, Necessity, Order, Supernatural, World)

"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
(Related: Life, Poetry, People, Luxury, Necessity, Oil, World)

"But these realities will make themselves felt soon enough and while I am certainly not asking you to close your eyes to the experiences of earlier generations, I want to advise you not to conform too soon and to resist the pressure of practical necessity."
- Felix Bloch
(Related: Eyes, Generations, Necessity, Pressure, Want, Will)

"I believe that I understand gangs better than others. Because they're formed out of necessity. They're formed by people to keep from being suppressed."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: People, Being, Necessity)

"All real freedom springs from necessity, for it can be gained only through the exercise of the individual will, and that will can be roused to energetic action only by the force of necessity acting upon it from the outside to spur it to effort."
- Anna C. Brackett
(Related: Action, Acting, Effort, Exercise, Force, Freedom, Necessity, Will)

"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
(Related: God, Necessity, Self)

"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
(Related: Love, Life, Necessity, Poems, Reality)

"But once you allow yourself to recognize necessity, you find two things: One you find your options so restricted that the only course of action is obvious, and, two, that a great sense of freedom comes with the decision."
- Steven Brust
(Related: Action, Decision, Freedom, Necessity, Obvious, Options, Sense)

"My conviction of the necessity of further legislative provisions for the safe-keeping and disbursement of the public moneys and my opinion in regard to the measures best adapted to the accomplishment of those objects have been already submitted to you."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Accomplishment, Conviction, Necessity, Opinion, Public)

"Necessity does the work of courage."
- Nicholas M. Butler
(Related: Work, Courage, Necessity)

"The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Beginning, Necessity, Sense)

"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
(Related: War, Concern, Necessity, Office, Support)

"I, Alexander B. Campbell, make this statement of the cause of my death to relieve the coroner of the necessity of an inquest, and also let my friends know the motive that led me to take my own life."
- Alex Campbell
(Related: Death, Life, Cause, Friends, Motive, Necessity)

"Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Soul, Darkness, Free will, Light, Necessity)

"Necessity dispenseth with decorum."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Necessity)

"It was he who impressed, time and again, the necessity of singing as nature intended, and - I remember - he constantly warned, don't let the public know that you work. So I went slowly. I never forced the voice."
- Enrico Caruso
(Related: Nature, Time, Work, Necessity, Public, Singing, Voice)

"And though my Lord hath lost his estate and been banished out of his country, yet neither despised poverty nor pinching necessity could make him break the bonds of friendship or weaken his loyal duty."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Friendship, Country, Duty, Necessity, Poverty)

"Not because they were servants were we so reserved, for many noble persons are forced to serve through necessity, but by reason the vulgar sort of servants are as ill bred as meanly born, giving children ill examples and worse counsel."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Children, Giving, Necessity, Reason)

"As for plenty, we had not only for necessity, conveniency and decency, but for delight and pleasure to superfluity."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Decency, Delight, Necessity, Pleasure)

"I've learned, I think, to be able to distinguish between the necessary and the unnecessary as far as my limited outside time is concerned. Saying "no" politely is a necessity if one wants to lead any kind of stable life."
- Richard Chamberlain
(Related: Life, Time, Necessity, Saying)

"The lyrics came out of necessity. When we started writing the record, we started in a more fusion environment and that got boring really quick and that wasn't what we were about on an organic level."
- Jimmy Chamberlin
(Related: Environment, Necessity, Quick, Writing)

"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
(Related: Perception, Necessity, Writing)

"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
(Related: Food, Music, Heart, Blood, Force, Necessity, Water)

"And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of all mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God."
- Salmon P. Chase
(Related: God, Act, Constitution, Judgment, Justice, Mankind, Military, Necessity)

"As however the ancients say that in case of necessity any Christian lay person can administer the sacrament of Baptism, so Luther says the same thing about absolution in case of necessity, where no priest is present."
- Martin Chemnitz
(Related: Christian, Necessity, Present)

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Fiction, Literature, Luxury, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Mother, Idleness, Invention, Laziness, Necessity, Opinion, Trouble)

"The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Experience, Instinct, Necessity, Reason)

"When mankind first saw the necessity of government, it is probable that many had conceived the desire of ruling."
- Thomas Clarkson
(Related: Government, Desire, First, Mankind, Necessity)

"The United States is not a nation to which peace is a necessity."
- Grover Cleveland
(Related: Peace, Nation, Necessity, states, United)

"It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master."
- James F. Cooper
(Related: Men, Fire, Liberty, Misfortune, Necessity, Order, Press)

"The pattern of the narrative never of necessity wants to end, it never has to."
- Robert Creeley
(Related: End, Necessity)

"Necessity has no law."
- Oliver Cromwell
(Related: Law, Necessity)

"What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity."
- Anthony Crosland
(Related: Luxury, Necessity)

"Finally, treat domestic energy production as the economic necessity it is and the job creator it can be. Drill, and frack, and lease, and license, unleash in every way the jobs potential in the enormous energy resources we have been denying ourselves."
- Mitch Daniels
(Related: Energy, Job, Jobs, Necessity, Potential, Production)

"Necessity makes an honest man a knave."
- Daniel Defoe
(Related: Knave, Man, Necessity)

"Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination."
- Daniel Defoe
(Related: Necessity, Vice)

"Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity."
- Democritus
(Related: Chance, Necessity, Universe)

"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
(Related: Necessity, Sight, Smile)

"Whoever wants me to talk, I'll come over and tell them about the necessity of preserving the Everglades."
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas
(Related: Necessity, Talk)

"Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance."
- Max Eastman
(Related: Art, Chance, Romantic)

"Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic, obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes."
- Leon Edel
(Related: Eyes, Literary, Necessity)

"Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Progress, Failure, Discontent, First, Man, Necessity, Will)

"Discontent is the first necessity of progress."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Progress, Discontent, First, Necessity)

"The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Energy, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Action, Strength, Necessity, Today, Tomorrow)

"A key to my thinking has always been the almost fanatical belief that what I was engaged in was a literary art form. That belief was compounded out of ego and necessity, I guess, a combination of the two."
- Will Eisner
(Related: Art, Belief, Ego, Key, Literary, Necessity, Thinking)

"Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity."
- Jacques Ellul
(Related: Technology, Civilization, Efficiency, Force, Necessity, Order)

"There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right; and, again, making all crime mean and ugly."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Men, Crime, Driving, Interest, Necessity, Right, Ugly)

"Freedom is the recognition of necessity."
- Friedrich Engels
(Related: Freedom, Necessity)

"We settled this continent without art. So it was easy for us to treat it as an imported luxury, not a necessity."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Art, Luxury, Necessity)

"Nothing has more strength than dire necessity."
- Euripides
(Related: Strength, Necessity, Nothing)

"When I'm living in the world of luxury and celebrity, which is where I found myself for a large part of my life, it's a walk-on part. Not a vital necessity, like it is for so many people. I enjoy it but I can see right through it!"
- Agnetha Faltskog
(Related: Life, People, Celebrity, Living, Luxury, Necessity, Right, World)

"Necessity, the mother of invention."
- George Farquhar
(Related: Mother, Invention, Necessity)

"Research has been called good business, a necessity, a gamble, a game. It is none of these - it's a state of mind."
- Martin H. Fischer
(Related: Business, Mind, Necessity, Research, State)

"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
(Related: Men, Childhood, Necessity, Neglect)

"Telephones are a virtual necessity - not a luxury - and the revenues collected by this tax flow into the general fund. But this once temporary tax remains and costs American taxpayers, our small businesses and families almost $6 billion dollars a year."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: American, Tax, Luxury, Necessity)

"Necessity never made a good bargain."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Bargain, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Performance, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Being, Evil, Necessity)

"Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace."
- Solomon Ibn Gabirol
(Related: Grace, Necessity)

"The American order reveals a method that was largely the outcome of material necessity, as exemplified by the Colonial style and the grid."
- Stephen Gardiner
(Related: American, Necessity, Order, Style)

"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
(Related: Conviction, Geometry, Intellect, Necessity)

"I am one of those for whom superfluity is a necessity."
- Theophile Gautier
(Related: Necessity)

"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
(Related: Art, Wisdom, Talent, Encouraging, America, Dying, Footsteps, Necessity, Writers, Writing)

"Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves."
- Phyllis George
(Related: Money, History, Fun, Necessity, Now, Sense)

"Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity."
- Arnold H. Glasgow
(Related: Progress, Impossibility, Necessity)

"To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Fancy, Necessity, Will)

"Since every effort in our educational life seems to be directed toward making of the child a being foreign to itself, it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to one another, and in everlasting antagonism with each other."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Life, Being, Effort, Necessity)

"Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Being, Necessity, Now, Woman)

"There ought to be a law against necessity."
- E. Y. Harburg
(Related: Law, Necessity)

"The spirit in which the offer was made must of necessity contribute to improving and alleviating the situation of the Jewish people without our renouncing one iota of the great principles upon which our movement is based."
- Theodor Herzl
(Related: People, Necessity, Principles, Spirit)

"As Plotinus tells us, we elected the body, the parents, the place, and the circumstances that suited the soul and that, as the myth says, belongs to its necessity."
- James Hillman
(Related: Soul, Body, Circumstances, Myth, Necessity, Parents)

"Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity."
- Augustine of Hippo
(Related: Habit, Necessity)

"The man who voyages strange seas must of necessity be a little unsure of himself. It is the man with the flashy air of knowing everything, who is always with it, that we should beware of."
- Fred Hoyle
(Related: Man, Necessity)

"A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Faith, Man, Necessity, Nothing)

"I don't see myself ever retiring, unless it's for something that I like better, and so far I like directing a lot but I don't see the necessity to retire from anything unless there's a really great alternative."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Necessity)

"Yet higher religion, which is only a search for a larger life, is essentially experience and recognized the necessity of experience as its foundation long before science learnt to do so."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Experience, Science, Life, Religion, Necessity)

"There's no reason you shouldn't, as a writer, not be aware of the necessity to revise yourself constantly."
- John Irving
(Related: Necessity, Reason, Writer)

"It is conceivable that what is unified form to the author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience."
- Charles Ives
(Related: May, Necessity)

"We are beginning a new era in our government. I cannot too strongly urge the necessity of a rigid economy and an inflexible determination not to enlarge the income beyond the real necessities of the government."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Government, Determination, Beginning, Economy, Income, Necessity)

"And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture."
- Arne Jacobsen
(Related: Architecture, Deep, Houses, Necessity, Order, Play, Today, Windows)

"So it was out of necessity that Blackheart was born. I think it's great that now, 25 years later, we're not only putting out our own music, but are able to put out music by other bands. That's really exciting for us."
- Joan Jett
(Related: Music, Necessity, Now, Years)

"We have entered an age in which education is not just a luxury permitting some men an advantage over others. It has become a necessity without which a person is defenseless in this complex, industrialized society. We have truly entered the century of the educated man."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Age, Education, Men, Society, Luxury, Man, Necessity)

"So many objections may be made to everything, that nothing can overcome them but the necessity of doing something."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: May, Necessity, Nothing)

"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
(Related: Acting, Creation, Instinct, Intellect, Mind, Necessity, Play)

"There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Evil, Evolution, Necessity, Nothing, Senses, Spiritual, World)

"Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: History, God, Economics, Friends, Geography, Man, Necessity, Neighbors)

"In liberal democracy and anxious anarchy, the traditional classic dance, compact of aristocratic authority and absolute freedom in a necessity of order, has never been so promising as an independent expression as it is today."
- Lincoln Kirstein
(Related: Dance, Anarchy, Authority, Democracy, Expression, Freedom, Liberal, Necessity, Order, Today)

"She was chronologically in luck. She corresponded to necessity."
- Lincoln Kirstein
(Related: Luck, Necessity)

"I think the biggest difficulty is that when I'm here in America, there's a necessity of using English, so I really have a great sense of really wanting to learn, but unfortunately when I head back to Japan, the necessity vanishes and so does my enthusiasm about learning."
- Chiaki Kuriyama
(Related: Enthusiasm, America, Difficulty, English, Learning, Necessity, Sense)

"Aside from that reservation, a fictive tale even has the advantage of manifesting symbolic necessity more purely to the extent that we may believe its conception arbitrary."
- Jacques Lacan
(Related: May, Necessity)

"For if God is a title of the highest power, He must be incorruptible, perfect, incapable of suffering, and subject to no other being; therefore they are not gods whom necessity compels to obey the one greatest God."
- Lactantius
(Related: God, Power, Gods, Being, Necessity, Suffering)

"No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process."
- Louis L'Amour
(Related: Education, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Circumstances, First, Necessity, Trade)

"New planted Colonies are generally attended with a Force and Necessity of Planting the known and approved Staple and Product of the Country, as well as all the Provisions their Families spend."
- John Lawson
(Related: Country, Force, Necessity)

"Good writers are of necessity rare."
- George Henry Lewes
(Related: Necessity, Writers)

"The study of an idea is, of necessity, the story of many things."
- Willy Ley
(Related: Idea, Necessity, Study)

"Bourgeois class domination is undoubtedly an historical necessity, but, so too, the rising of the working class against it. Capital is an historical necessity, but, so too, its grave digger, the socialist proletariat."
- Rosa Luxemburg
(Related: Class, Grave, Necessity)

"The fact is, every thinker, every philosopher, the moment he is forced to abandon his one-sided intellectual occupation by practical necessity, immediately returns to the general point of view of mankind."
- Ernst Mach
(Related: Fact, Mankind, Necessity, Occupation)

"The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Necessity, Present, Promise, Word)

"You will certainly not doubt the necessity of studying astronomy and physics, if you are desirous of comprehending the relation between the world and Providence as it is in reality, and not according to imagination."
- Maimonides
(Related: Imagination, Astronomy, Doubt, Necessity, Physics, Providence, Reality, Will, World)

"I beg of you always to dwell upon the necessity of a thorough understanding of principles, in order to stop the vivacity of his mind, and please do not forget to meditate upon the subject of our discussion."
- Nicolas Malebranche
(Related: Forget, Mind, Necessity, Order, Principles, Understanding)

"Necessity has the face of a dog."
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Related: Necessity)

"Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Blind, Consciousness, Freedom, Necessity)

"That past is still within our living memory, a time when neighbour helped neighbour, sharing what little they had out of necessity, as well as decency."
- Mary McAleese
(Related: Time, Decency, Living, Memory, Necessity, Past, Sharing)

"Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war."
- John McCain
(Related: War, Doubt, Necessity)

"As far as military necessity will permit, religiously respect the constitutional rights of all."
- George McClellan
(Related: Rights, Military, Necessity, Respect, Will)

"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
(Related: Children, Necessity, Parents, Responsibility)

"When Socrates was about 30, and his father was long dead, he was still pursuing the art of sculpture, but from necessity, and without much inclination."
- Moses Mendelssohn
(Related: Art, Father, Necessity, Sculpture)

"Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse."
- Karl A. Menninger
(Related: Life, Hope, Necessity, Suicide)

"For me, skiing is a physical necessity. I have a need for risk."
- Jean-Marie Messier
(Related: Necessity, Risk)

"It is the utmost necessity that this congress be a congress of unity."
- Slobodan Milosevic
(Related: Congress, Necessity, Unity)

"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
(Related: Trust, Virtue, First, Force, Necessity, Temptation)

"For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music."
- Eugenio Montale
(Related: Music, Poetry, First, Necessity, Sound)

"The public conviction that a railroad linking the West and the East was an absolute necessity became so pronounced after the gold discoveries of '49 that Congress passed an act in 1853 providing for a survey of several lines from the Mississippi to the Pacific."
- John Moody
(Related: Act, Congress, Conviction, Gold, Necessity, Public)

"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
(Related: Travel, Adventure, Necessity, Thinking)

"It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of self-deception."
- Robert Motherwell
(Related: Art, Deep, Examination, May, Necessity, Self)

"In the course of history, men come to see that iron necessity is neither iron nor necessary."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Men, History, Necessity)

"Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Fact, Necessity)

"Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything - health, food, a place to live, entertainment - they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Love, Power, Food, Health, Men, Desire, Entertainment, Necessity, Will)

"Plurality should not be posited without necessity."
- William of Occam
(Related: Necessity)

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."
- Roger von Oech
(Related: Mother, Father, Invention, May, Necessity, Play)

"For whatever be the knowledge which we are able to obtain of God, either by perception or reflection, we must of necessity believe that He is by many degrees far better than what we perceive Him to be."
- Origen
(Related: God, Knowledge, Perception, Necessity, Reflection)

"The powers, aspirations, and mission of man are such as to raise the study of his origin and nature, inevitably and by the very necessity of the case, from the mere physiological to the psychological stage of scientific operations."
- Richard Owen
(Related: Nature, Aspirations, Man, Mission, Necessity, Study)

"Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can believe nothing else."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Nature, Time, Soul, Body, Necessity, Nothing)

"The fact is, if a young man is naturally indolent, the spur of necessity will drive him but a very little way, while the having enough to live upon is often the means of preserving his self-respect."
- James Payn
(Related: Fact, Man, Necessity, Self, Will)

"Causes of Civil War are also, that the Wealth of the Nation is in too few mens hands, and that no certain means are provided to keep all men from a necessity either to beg, or steal, or be Souldiers."
- William Petty
(Related: Men, War, Wealth, Causes, Nation, Necessity)

"Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock."
- Pablo Picasso
(Related: Work, Man, Necessity)

"Whatever is beautiful is beautiful by necessity."
- Pindar
(Related: Necessity)

"Necessity... the mother of invention."
- Plato
(Related: Mother, Invention, Necessity)

"To doubt everything, or, to believe everything, are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection."
- Henri Poincare
(Related: Doubt, Necessity, Reflection)

"Although... the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States."
- James K. Polk
(Related: People, Action, Necessity, Party, President, Principles, states, United)

"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
(Related: Experience, Necessity, Order, Reading)

"To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection."
- Jerry Pournelle
(Related: Doubt, Necessity, Reflection)

"Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Fear, Action, Favorite, Fortune, Necessity, Resolution)

"Armaments are necessary - or are maintained on the pretext of necessity - because of a real or an imagined danger of war."
- Ludwig Quidde
(Related: War, Danger, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Power, Choice, Man, Necessity, World)

"From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Man, Mind, Necessity, Religious)

"It is a miracle of harmony, of the adaptation of the free inner life to the outward necessity of things."
- John C. Ransom
(Related: Life, Harmony, Necessity)

"An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human."
- Man Ray
(Related: Creation, Desire, Necessity)

"While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt."
- Odilon Redon
(Related: Art, Lies, Necessity, Reality)

"Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Mother, Calamity, Integrity, Invention, May, Necessity)

"Also, I had read a book called She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, written by a professor who had gone through transgender surgery, but it took this person well into his thirties to come to terms with the absolute necessity of having to do it."
- Mercedes Ruehl
(Related: Life, Necessity)

"Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Mathematics, Necessity, Word)

"The necessity to conceptualise has to come very early on, and defining a vector of development for that film also at the beginning of the process will allow you much more freedom as you go along."
- Walter Salles
(Related: Development, Beginning, Film, Freedom, Necessity, Will)

"On the contrary, I'm a strong believer in the necessity of imperfection coming into the film."
- Walter Salles
(Related: Film, Imperfection, Necessity)

"Necessity makes even the timid brave."
- Sallust
(Related: Necessity)

"The very necessity of bringing our armament up to a certain level as rapidly as possible must place in the foreground the idea of as large returns as possible in foreign exchange and therewith the greatest possible assurance of raw material supplies, through exporting."
- Hjalmar Schacht
(Related: Idea, Necessity)

"But what you could perhaps do with in these days is a word of most sincere sympathy. Your movement is carried internally by so strong a truth and necessity that victory in one form or another cannot elude you for long."
- Hjalmar Schacht
(Related: Truth, Sympathy, Victory, Necessity, Word)

"But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them, I too believe in the necessity of organization."
- Robert Shea
(Related: May, Necessity)

"The government's position was that we have frigates that have got a useful life until 2006. There is no necessity for us to make final decisions until 2002."
- Jenny Shipley
(Related: Life, Government, Decisions, Necessity)

"For most women, including women who want to have children, contraception is not an option; it is a basic health care necessity."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Health, Women, Care, Children, Necessity, Want)

"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
(Related: First, Literary, Necessity, Spiritual)

"Not even Ares battles against necessity."
- Sophocles
(Related: Necessity)

"Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate in a particular manner by the necessity of the divine nature."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Nature, Necessity, Nothing, Universe)

"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
(Related: Power, Progress, Man, Necessity)

"Women of all classes are awakening to the necessity of self-support, but few are willing to do the ordinary useful work for which they are fitted."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Related: Women, Work, Necessity, Self)

"In the scattered settlements of this Diocese, schools and Churches are of necessity for many years few in number, and multitudes of both sexes are growing up in great ignorance."
- John Strachan
(Related: Churches, Growing up, Ignorance, Necessity, Schools, Sexes, Years)

"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
(Related: Necessity, Style, Voice)

"The first and most imperative necessity in war is money, for money means everything else - men, guns, ammunition."
- Ida Tarbell
(Related: Money, War, Men, First, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Thought, Necessity, Nothing, Universe)

"The necessity to constantly turn in an excellent performance, to be absolutely wedded to this dedication and this ideal means that as a child you're going to pay for it personally."
- Twyla Tharp
(Related: Performance, Dedication, Necessity)

"Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Money, Soul, Necessity)

"In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Majority, Necessity, Opinions, states, United)

"We were suddenly faced with the necessity of training a lot of young men in the art of navigation."
- Clyde Tombaugh
(Related: Art, Men, Navigation, Necessity, Training)

"Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity."
- Jean Toomer
(Related: Life, Men, Necessity, Wishes)

"Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies."
- Leon Trotsky
(Related: Enemies, Learning, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Necessity, Nixon)

"Defence was an afterthought, prompted by necessity; and its introduction as a State function, though effected doubtless with a view to the strengthening of the State, was really and in principle the initiation of the State's destruction."
- Benjamin Tucker
(Related: Destruction, Necessity, State)

"God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love."
- Martin Farquhar Tupper
(Related: Love, God, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Love, People, Character, Fate, Firmness, Necessity, Responsibility, Will)

"Necessity is the mother of taking chances."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Mother, Necessity)

"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
(Related: Society, Work, Desire, Enemy, Necessity, Productivity)

"Invention is the mother of necessity."
- Thorstein Veblen
(Related: Mother, Invention, Necessity)

"As long as man labors for a physical existence, though an act of necessity almost, he is yet natural; it is life, though that of this world, for which he instinctively works."
- Jones Very
(Related: Life, Act, Existence, Man, Necessity, World)

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity."
- Voltaire
(Related: God, Drinking, Eating, Necessity, Nothing, Pleasure)

"There is a lot of stuff now that is in bad taste, and I don't see the necessity for it all. We didn't have to do it in our time, and they don't have to do it now."
- Clint Walker
(Related: Time, Necessity, Now, Taste)

"We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise."
- Larry Wall
(Related: Compromise, Necessity)

"To the mass of mankind religion of some kind is a necessity."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: Religion, Mankind, Necessity)

"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
(Related: War, Justice, Necessity, Party, Principles, Rules, Will)

"The necessity of every one paying in his own labor for what he consumes, affords the only legitimate and effectual check to excessive luxury, which has so often ruined individuals, states and empires; and which has now brought almost universal bankruptcy upon us."
- Josiah Warren
(Related: Labor, Luxury, Necessity, Now, states)

"Mothers are the necessity of invention."
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Invention, Mothers, Necessity)

"Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Power, Duty, Evil, Necessity)

"I think young writers should get other degrees first, social sciences, arts degrees or even business degrees. What you learn is research skills, a necessity because a lot of writing is about trying to find information."
- Irvine Welsh
(Related: Business, First, Information, Necessity, Research, Trying, Writers, Writing)

"But, having a perfume and license, in general, is a financial necessity. A designer must, to reap back the money spent on prototypes and all that sort of thing."
- Vivienne Westwood
(Related: Money, Financial, Necessity)

"There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Authority, Mob, Necessity)

"An extravagance is something that your spirit thinks is a necessity."
- Bern Williams
(Related: Extravagance, Necessity, Spirit)

"Emancipation came to the colored race in America as a war measure. It was an act of military necessity. Manifestly it would have come without war, in the slower process of humanitarian reform and social enlightenment."
- Wendell Willkie
(Related: War, Act, America, Measure, Military, Necessity, Race, Reform)

"But quality of work can be expected only through personal satisfaction, dedication and enjoyment. In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury, but a simple necessity."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Work, Quality, Dedication, Enjoyment, Luxury, Necessity, Perfection, Profession, Satisfaction)

"People recognize certain things, like 'D' means 'this dialogue stinks.' We're dealing with shows that are written here, shot in New York and posted back here. Accurate communication is a necessity."
- Dick Wolf
(Related: People, Communication, Necessity)

"The general statement that the mental faculties are class concepts, belonging to descriptive psychology, relieves us of the necessity of discussing them and their significance at the present stage of our inquiry."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Class, Necessity, Present, Psychology)