An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Against necessity, against its strength, no one can fight and win.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


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 (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


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


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.


William Pitt Chatham (1708 -1778, British statesman)


Arguably the only goods people need these days are food and happiness.


Sir Terence Conran (1931-, British businessman, designer)


Necessity has no law.


Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658, British Parliamentarian General)


Make yourself necessary to somebody.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word.


Elizabeth I (1533-1603, Queen of England and Ireland (1558--1603))


Necessity does everything well.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


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


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Necessity never made a good bargain.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The critics were asking that we postpone consideration of the causes of poverty until no one was poor.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Necessity is the author of change.


Tim Hansel


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 (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


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


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


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


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


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


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


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


Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)


Necessity has the face of a dog.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928-, Colombian writer)


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


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


Necessity is the mother of attraction.


Luke McKissack


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 (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


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


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Necessity can change a lion into a fox.


Iranian Proverb


Only useless things are indispensable.


Francis Picabia (1878-1953, French painter, poet)


Hunger finds no fault with moldy corn.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Foul water will quench fire.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Necessity is a great teacher.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


When necessity speaks, it demands.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


That's one trouble with our charities: we are always saving somebody away off, when the fellow next to us ain't eating.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


What one has to do usually can be done.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Necessity makes even the timid brave.


Sallust (BC 86-34, Roman historian)


Nature must obey necessity.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Julius Caesar


Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true -- but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife.


Jonathan Schattke


A wise man never refuses anything to necessity.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Necessity knows no law except to conquer.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Necessity is the mother of taking chances.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Author Unknown


The basic and fundamental reason for giving has been to fill a need.


Author Unknown


The best kind of charity is the kind that helps others to eliminate any further need of it.


Author Unknown


The superfluous is very necessary.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


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


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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