Necessity Quotes

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dark Jar Tin Zoo
“If you have the woman you love, what more do you need? Well, besides an alibi for the time of her husband’s murder.
Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

Orson Scott Card
“Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me—to find out what you're good for. We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

Sherman Alexie
“What kind of life can you have in a house without books?”
Sherman Alexie, Flight

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“It's true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther

Annie Dillard
“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

Matthew Scully
“When you start with a necessary evil, and then over time the necessity passes away, what's left?”
Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

Criss Jami
“Together, we form a necessary paradox; not a senseless contradiction.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Jon Bing
“To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads."

[American Libraries Magazine, May 28, 2009]”
Jon Bing

William Shakespeare
“The art of our necessities is strange
That can make vile things precious.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear

William Pitt the Younger
“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

Criss Jami
“One does not have to be a philosopher to be a successful artist, but he does have to be an artist to be a successful philosopher. His nature is to view the world in an unpredictable albeit useful light.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Dante Alighieri
“It is necessity and not pleasure that compels us.
[Italian: Necessita c'induce, e non diletto.]”
Dante Alighieri, Inferno

“A yogi is much more disciplined in his speech. Yogic tradition has it that speech must pass before three barriers prior to being uttered aloud. These barriers come in the form of three questions: Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary? (112-113)”
Prem Prakash, The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras

Hugh MacLennan
“There is no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and the human tragedy, or the human irony, consists in the necessity of living with the consequences of actions performed under the pressure of compulsions so obscure we do not and cannot understand them.”
Hugh MacLennan, The Watch that Ends the Night

“Wilderness to the people pf America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium.”
Sigurd Olson

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Aristocracy's only an admission that certain traits which we call fine - courage and honor and beauty and all that sort of thing - can best be developed in a favorable environment, where you don't have the warpings of ignorance and necessity.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

Criss Jami
“Drinking is such a necessity to human life that people cannot fathom an individual who, like a child confined to a church pew, gets little enjoyment out of it and would rather do other things.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“... Nature almost surely operates by combining chance with necessity, randomness with determinism...”
Eric Chaisson, Epic of Evolution: Seven Ages of the Cosmos

Henri Poincaré
En un mot, pour tirer la loi de l'expérience, if faut généraliser; c'est une nécessité qui s'impose à l'observateur le plus circonspect.

In one word, to draw the rule from experience, one must generalize; this is a necessity that imposes itself on the most circumspect observer.”
Henri Poincare, The Value of Science: Essential Writings of Henri Poincare

“The two go hand in hand like a dance: chance flirts with necessity, randomness with determinism. To be sure, it is from this interchange that novelty and creativity arise in Nature, thereby yielding unique forms and novel structures.”
Eric Chaisson, Epic of Evolution: Seven Ages of the Cosmos

Nelson Algren
“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, Chicago: City on the Make

Virginia Woolf
“Listen. There is a sound like the knocking of railway trucks in a siding. That is the happy concatenation of one event following another in our lives. Knock, knock, knock. Must, must, must. Must go, must sleep, must wake, must get up — sober, merciful word which we pretend to revile, which we press tight to our hearts, without which we should be undone. How we worship that sound like the knocking together of trucks in a siding!”
Virginia Woolf, The Waves

Joseph Conrad
“Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, but fear, too, is not barren of ingenious suggestions.”
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer

Robert Penn Warren
Is the fume-track of necessity. This thought
Is therapeutic.

If, after several
Applications, you do not find
Relief, consult your family physician”
Robert Penn Warren, The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren

Criss Jami
“It starts off like climbing a tree or solving a puzzle - poetry, if nothing else, is just fun to write. But deeper into each and every piece, you no longer hesitate to call it work. It's passion. A poet's sense of lyrical accomplishment is then his food and water, his means of survival.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

M.C. Humphreys
“I don’t want the finer things in life, like preserves of jam and thick soft quilts, until I get what I need: the machinery to make that stuff for me.”
M.C. Humphreys

Nan Shepherd
“Imagination is haunted by the swiftness of the creatures that live on the mountain - eagle and peregrine falcon, red deer and mountain hare. The reason for their swiftness is severely practical: food is so scarce up there that only those who can move swiftly over vast stretches of ground may hope to survive. The speed, the whorls and torrents of movement, are in plain fact the mountain's own necessity. But their grace is not necessity. Or if it is - if the swoop, the parabola, the arrow-flight of hooves and wings achieve their beauty by strict adherence to the needs of function - so much the more is the mountain's integrity vindicated. Beauty is not adventitious but essential.”
Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain

J.M.G. Le Clézio
“Un miros de sărac, un miros de violență, de necesitatea de a parveni.”
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, Ritornela foamei

Elmar Hussein
“Only a weak person threatens someone; a strong person always does what's necessary.”
Elmar Hussein

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