Quotes: necessity

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  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.
  • Hannah Arendt
    Hannah Arendt
    German-born American political theorist 1906-1975
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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.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    A short letter to a distant friend is, in my opinion, an insult like that of a slight bow or cursory salutation - a proof of unwillingness to do much, even where there is a necessity of doing something.
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson
    American statesman 1743-1826
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    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.
  • Machiavelli
    Machiavelli
    Florentijns staatsphilosopher 1469-1527
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    A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.
  • Man Ray
    Man Ray
    American visual artist 1890-1976
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    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.
  • Ernest Renan
    Ernest Renan
    French writer and criticus 1823-1892
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    As soon as sacrifice becomes a duty and necessity to mankind. I see no limit to the horizon which opens before him.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.

    Source: Letters and Soc. Aims

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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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
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
  • David Herbert Lawrence
    David Herbert Lawrence
    English writer 1885-1930
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    Comes over one an absolute necessity to move. And what is more, to move in some particular direction. A double necessity then: to get on the move, and to know whither.
  • John Berger
    John Berger
    English art critic, novelist, painter and poet 1926-2017
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    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 Donne
    John Donne
    English poet 1572-1632
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    Contemplative and bookish men must of necessity be more quarrelsome than others, because they contend not about matter of fact, nor can determine their controversies by any certain witnesses, nor judges. But as long as they go towards peace, that is Truth, it is no matter which way.
  • Thomas Alva Edison
    Thomas Alva Edison
    American inventor and founder of General Electric 1847-1931
    Thomas Alva Edison
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    Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
    Oscar Wilde
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    Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.
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