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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?

Author: Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895)

Profession: British Biologist, Educator

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

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to.

Author: Walter Linn


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

Author: Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821)

Profession: French Diplomat, Philosopher

Necessity has the face of a dog.

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928)

Profession: Colombian Writer

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

Author: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Profession: German Political Theorist, Social Philosopher

Necessity is the mother of attraction.

Author: 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.

Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

Profession: British Society Figure, Letter Writer

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

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

Only useless things are indispensable.

Author: Francis Picabia (1878-1953)

Profession: French Painter, Poet

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

Author: William Pitt (1759-1806)

Profession: British Statesman

Foul water will quench fire.

Author: English Proverb

Profession: Sayings of British Origin

What one has to do usually can be done.

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Profession: American First Lady, Columnist, Lecturer, Humanitarian

Necessity makes even the timid brave.

Author: Sallust

Profession: Roman Historian

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

Author: Jonathan Schattke