Quotation Explorer - 'Necessity'

Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are. - Anaïs Nin
The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct. - Cicero
Necessity makes even the timid brave. - Sallust
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. - Thomas Jefferson
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making. - John Milton
I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you. - Annie Dillard
perturbed to put trust on people nowadays, people changes partner as per necessity. :( - kurbhatt
The point is, whether or not they show it at dinner parties, writers learn, by a necessity of their trade, to be the sharpest of observers. - John Gardner
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
Think of your passions as you do food, water, shelter...a necessity. If someone told you to give them up, would you listen? - Shelley K. Wall
I cannot now evaluate the events that, at the end of those thirty years, made me discover the necessity of religious belief. I was not reasoned into my disposition. Though I admire the structured thought of theology, it is to religion no more than counterpoint exercises are to music. - Igor Stravinsky
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
Not even the gods fight against necessity. - Simonides
If necessity is the mother of invention, then surely greed must be the father. Children of this odd couple are named: Laziness, Envy, Greed, Jr., Gluttony, Lust, Anger and Pride. - John R. Dallas Jr.
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
Fear, anger, jealousy, hatred of self and others are the outcomes of the lack of connectivity with your inner self. Connecting with your inner self and awakening your inner sensuality is not a luxury anymore, but it has become the necessity. - Vishwas Chavan
A noble leader answers not to the trumpet calls of self promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity. - Mollie Marti
As we grow and progress in life, a lot of things and people need to be left behind. Not for malice but as a necessity! - Chinonye J. Chidolue
Necessity never made a good bargain. - Benjamin Franklin
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing. - Victor Hugo
Repression is not the way to virtue. When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. Only through freely chosen discipline can life be enjoyed and still kept within the bounds of reason. - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
A little bit of fear and pessimism should be a necessity - Mohit Bansal
I like curiosity. It's a mind game, not a necessity. - Debasish Mridha
Necessity has no law. - William Langland
Make a virtue of necessity. - Geoffrey Chaucer
Yet, there is a sense of some deep sort that runs entirely contrary to human nature, that in putting ourselves first, we must by necessity put others first. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
You are here having realized the necessity of contending with yourself; then thank everyone who provides an opportunity. - Gurdjieff
Intelligence is a necessity, but when one is without a supernatural sense, intelligence becomes senseless. - Michael Bassey Johnson
His work has been his necessity and his desire. - Wendell Berry
The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered. - Gelett Burgess
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
Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity. - Anthony Powell
I am your stone of necessity calling up spirits from rain puddles—your Magus of words - John Geddes
One reason why fiction is a human necessity is that it satisfies many unconscious as well as conscious needs. It would be important if it only touched the conscious mind, as expository writing does. But fiction is important, too, because it teaches the unconscious. - Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity.
In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority. - Liz Armbruster
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
Power is the near neighbour of necessity. - Pythagoras
Freedom for the Church comes from the necessity of the Word of God. Otherwise, it becomes arbitrariness and ends in a great many new ties. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. - François de La Rochefoucauld
It's wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. - J. R. R. Tolkien
I believe that architecture is a pragmatic art. To become art it must be built on a foundation of necessity. - I. M. Pei
If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy - Boethius
Truth has beauty, power and necessity. - Sylvia Ashton-Warner
Lifelong learning is no longer a luxury but a necessity for employment. - Jay Samit
By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Which crime has the female sex committed to be sentenced to the harsh necessity which consists of being locked up all life either as a prisoner or a slave? I call the nuns prisoners and the married women slaves. - Christina Queen of Sweden
Then the lover, who is true and no counterfeit, must of necessity be loved by his love. - Plato
The difference between poverty and prosperity is the mindset of living out of necessity instead of possibility. - Farshad Asl
Mothers are a biological necessity; fathers are a social invention. - Margaret Mead
Few things in life are more embarrassing than the necessity of having to inform an old friend that you have just got engaged to his fiancee.
Giving is a necessity sometimes... more urgent, indeed, than having. - Margaret Lee Runbeck
Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul. - Henry David Thoreau
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity. - G.K. Chesterton
You'll be pleased to hear, Christopher, that I am no longer a Muslim liberal but an atheist [....] I find that it obviates the necessity for any cognitive dissonance. - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them. - Leo Tolstoy
Men have become the tools of their tools. Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul. Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. - Henry David Thoreau
Would you produce, create and bring value to the world if it weren't for money? Or would you veg out? The necessity of money keeps people relevant and active. The paradox is that people who stay relevant and active make money. - Richie Norton
The advantage of being married a long time was that one could argue without the necessity of the other's actual, physical presence. - William Browning Spencer
We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity in every society, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks. - Woodrow Wilson
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
Necessity is the mother of delusion. For true love to exist there must be nothing that is necessary to it. Lovers have to live happily ever after, no matter what happens. - Billy Bob Stone
Ideology follows the money.""Governments don't protect people, people protect governments.""To accept the legitimacy of the state is to embrace the necessity for war. - Lawrence Samuels
Humility is not a virtue in a writer, it is an absolute necessity. - James Lee Burke
Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity. - Democritus
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
Necessity, who is the mother of invention. - Plato
Necessity knows no law. - Publilius Syrus
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
Institutionalized rejection of difference is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people. - Audre Lorde
Why not make a daily pleasure out a daily necessity. - Peter Mayle
Kindness is not an option, it is an absolute necessity of life. - Debasish Mridha
Want and need are not the same things either. A want can be foregone. It is voluntary, a nice-to-have. A need is required, a necessity. If he needed me, I’d be essential for his success, for his happiness. - Sax, Cynthia
when you are a child you unconsciously adopt certain beliefs. Yet, there comesthe necessity to upgrade these beliefs as you grow older. - Derric Yuh Ndim
The artist must be blind to "recognized" and "unrecognized" form, deaf to the teachings and desires of his time. His open eyes must be directed to his inner life and his ears must be constantly attuned to the voice of inner necessity. - Wassily Kandinsky
I have frequently experienced myself the mood in which I felt that all is vanity; I have emerged from it not by any philosophy, but owing to some imperative necessity of action. - Bertrand Russell
Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself only with yourself. Therefore thank everyone who gives you the opportunity. - G.I. Gurdjieff
By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Power is the gem of necessity. Without observing power, identity remains undiscovered. - Lionel Suggs
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. - John F. Kennedy
A big group of daily friends or a white painted house with bills and mirrors, are not a necessity to me—but an intelligent conversation while sharing another coffee, is. - Charlotte Eriksson
If you live today, you breath in nihilism ... it's the gas you breathe. If I hadn't had the Church to fight it with or to tell me the necessity of fighting it, I would be the stinkingest logical positivist you ever saw right now. - Flannery O'Connor
People only accept change in necessity and see necessity only in crisis. - Jean Monnet
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty. - Simone Weil
The fragility of human emotions are not to be trusted but to validate the necessity of Grace. - John Pauul Warren
My apologies to chance for calling it necessity. My apologies to necessity if I'm mistaken, after all. Please, don't be angry, happiness, that I take you as my due.May my dead be patient with the way my memories fade. My apologies to time for all the world I overlook each second. - Wisława Szymborska
We should manage our fortunes as we do our health - enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Understand clearly that when a great need appears a great use appears also; when there is a small need there is small use; it is obvious, then, that full use is made of all things at all times according to the necessity thereof.
Invention is the mother of necessity. - Thorstein Veblen
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt the Younger
Then might I exemplify how an influence beyond our control lays its strong hand on every deed which we do, and weaves its consequences into an iron tissue of necessity. (Wakefield) - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Despite my best effort to make myself as large as absolutely possible, life will always be larger than me. That simple fact makes God not only a likelihood, but a necessity. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
Told often enough that they are the source of sin, women may well begin feeling guilty as they accept the necessity for penance. Taught effectively enough that they are irrelevant to the important processes of society, women begin to feel they are living invisibly. - Sandra M. Gilbert Susan Gubar
Happiness is more of a necessity than a choice thus we must consider it a priority in everyday's life. - Auliq Ice
That men would die was a matter of necessity; which men would die, though, was a matter of circumstance, and Yossarian was willing to be the victim of anything but circumstance. - Joseph Heller
We suffer more from choice than from necessity. - Marty Rubin
Vacation used to be a luxury, however, in today's world, it has become a necessity. - Unknown
Not to see many things, not to hear them, not to let them approach one--first piece of ingenuity, first proof that one is no accident but a necessity. - Friedrich Nietzsche
For we both alike know that into the discussion of human affairs the question of justice enters only where the pressure of necessity is equal, and that the powerful exact when they can, and the weak grant what they must. - Thucydides
Every disability conceals a vocation, if only we can find it, which will 'turn the necessity to glorious gain. - C.S. Lewis
Justice is a necessity for a fair and free society. - Chidiebere Prosper Agbugba
Christianity . . . sees the necessity for man to have spiritual values and it shows him how to get at those through physical sacraments. - Malcolm Muggeridge
Guys are accessories, until one proves he's a necessity - source unknown
Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war. - Norman Mailer
Guys are accessories, until one proves he's an necessity. - source unknown
Surviving is a necessity. Living is an art. - Cathryn Louis
The damps of autumn sink into the leaves and prepare them for the necessity of their fall; and thus insensibly are we, as years close around us, detached from our tenacity of life by the gentle pressure of recorded sorrow. - Walter Savage Landor
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