Quotations The Best Quotes About Necessity  

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We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. Oscar Wilde

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Need is the driving force, Need makes people better -- luck only makes them worse.

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The necessary has never been man's top priority. The passionate pursuit of the nonessential and the extravagant is one of the chief traits of human uniqueness. Unlike other forms of life, man's greatest exertions are made in the pursuit not of necessities but of superfluities. Eric Hoffer

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Nothing has more strength than dire necessity. Euripides

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If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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

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Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities. Benjamin Franklin

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We do what we must, and call it by the best names. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Necessity makes even the timid brave. Sallust

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Necessity never made a good bargain. Benjamin Franklin

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Necessity is the mother of taking chances. Mark Twain

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Necessity does everything well. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Foul water will quench fire.

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We come into the world laden with the weight of an infinite necessity. Albert Camus

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Necessity has the face of a dog. Gabriel García Márquez

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Make yourself necessary to somebody. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Necessity has no law. Oliver Cromwell

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The superfluous is very necessary. Voltaire

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Only useless things are indispensable. Francis Picabia

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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. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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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

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Nothing is necessary except God, and nothing is less necessary than pain. Joseph de Maistre

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What one has to do usually can be done. Eleanor Roosevelt

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Necessity knows no law except to conquer. Publilius Syrus

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Fact I know; and Law I know; but what is this Necessity, save an empty shadow of my own mind's throwing? Thomas Huxley

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Necessity is not an established fact, but rather an interpretation. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Nature must obey necessity. William Shakespeare

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Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity. Karl Marx