The man who voyages strange seas must of necessity be a little unsure of himself. It is the man with the flashy air of knowing everything, who is always with it, that we should beware of.

Fred Hoyle

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

Henry David Thoreau

Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic, obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes.

Leon Edel

Necessity is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt The Younger

Necessity is the author of change.

Tim Hansel

Not even the gods fight against necessity.


Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.

Roger Von Oech

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

Carl Jung

Not to see many things, not to hear them, not to let them approach one--first piece of ingenuity, first proof that one is no accident but a necessity.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Necessity makes even the timid brave.


Necessity never made a good bargain.

Benjamin Franklin

Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity.

Arnold H. Glasgow

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton

Necessity knows no law.

Publilius Syrus

The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct.


Necessity does the work of courage.

Nicholas Murray Butler

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

Albert Einstein

Sleeping in a bed -- it is, apparently, of immense importance. Against those who sleep, from choice or necessity, elsewhere society feels righteously hostile. It is not done. It is disorderly, anarchical.

Dame Rose Macaulay

Except God no substance can be granted or conceived. .. Everything, I say, is in God, and all things which are made, are made by the laws of the infinite nature of God, and necessarily follows from the necessity of his essence.

Benedict Spinoza

The officers felt an absolute necessity, given his employment, given the fact that he could potentially back to TSU, that this needed to be investigated fully.

Don Aaron

Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.

Simone Weil

We don't know what his intent is one way or the other. Certainly any business has a necessity of planning for its own future. That's his business, so we have really no reaction to that one way or the other.

Fred Nation

I believe in people so much that if the whole of civilization is burned so we don't have any memory of it, even then people will start to build their own art. It is a necessity -- a function. We don't need history.

Yoko Ono

To think at its best is to find oneself carried down the current of necessity.

Brand Blanshard

When Japan was poor, families did more things together out of necessity. But now it?s increasingly all about the individual. This leaves people more isolated and likely to contemplate suicide.

Mafumi Usui

The absolute necessity is diversity has to be in portfolios.

Bud Kasper

When Japan was poor, families did more things together out of necessity, like sharing a bath or eating together, and the community was much more important, especially in rural communities.

Mafumi Usui

We have the necessity of government intervention to ensure the free exchange of ideas.

Craig Fields

Effective leaders help others to understand the necessity of change and to accept a common vision of the desired outcome.

John Kotter

Necessity has no law.

William Langland

Invention is the mother of necessity.

Thorstein Veblen

We don't just ride, we work and condition our horses. So an indoor arena is an absolute necessity in North Iowa.

Brenda Wendt

We have three judges who serve Comal and Hays counties, and we're coming up on the necessity in our view for another district court for Comal County.

Jack Robinson

We need to acknowledge explicitly that we are dealing with people, even when, of necessity, we must classify people into groups for convenience.

Neil Higgs

Being the coach for both is definitely more of a demand, but it is a necessity. I am here one way or another. So we might as well have a cross country [team] so we can start to build a program with a balanced [track and field] team.

Stephanie Scalessa

Wherever there is a parliament, there must of necessity be an opposition.

John Wagstaff

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

One has to understand the reality of why the fund was set up. It was not an act of compassion. It was an act of legal necessity because they curtailed our right to sue the airlines.

Charles Wolf

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

William Pitt

In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.

Raoul Vaneigem

The business that considers itself immune to the necessity for advertising sooner or later finds itself immune to business.

Derby Brown

In liberal democracy and anxious anarchy, the traditional classic dance, compact of aristocratic authority and absolute freedom in a necessity of order, has never been so promising as an independent expression as it is today.

Lincoln Kirstein

I explained to the prime minister [Asgrimsson] that for the Czech Republic it was no choice, but necessity.

Vaclav Klaus

There's more of a necessity to work with minorities, period.

Cristina Correa

There is a necessity to have a core group, which of course will combine the necessity of a smaller group to negotiate but also the necessity of transparency. So all member states could follow how we negotiate.

Jean Ping

Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war.

John Mccain

But this may help boost people's awareness of the necessity of energy saving. We sometimes have to launch this kind of dare. Otherwise we cannot achieve tough goals.

Masanori Shishido

We haven't been sold on the necessity of this.

Chris Wilson

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

Augustine Of Hippo

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

As long as man labors for a physical existence, though an act of necessity almost, he is yet natural; it is life, though that of this world, for which he instinctively works.

Jones Very

Your cell phone is an absolute necessity, so you kind of feel naked without it.

Heath Schroyer

The main thing is to get flood insurance if you live in Louisiana, ... Flood insurance isn't a required but is a necessity, so it's best to get it.

Ann Clark

Let sleep itself be an exercise in piety, for such as our life and conduct have been, so also of necessity will be our dreams.

St. Basil

Chance and necessity do not explain the origins of life.

Stephen Meyer

There hasn't been the necessity to do that before. The environment is going to get highly competitive this year.

Jack Mccabe

We really see this as a way to liberate classrooms from the necessity of providing one-to-many communication.

Frank Moretti

To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.

Henri Poincare

With the disappearance of the Ebony Student Association, the Black Student Union was a necessity.

Bryant Johnson

A key to my thinking has always been the almost fanatical belief that what I was engaged in was a literary art form. That belief was compounded out of ego and necessity, I guess, a combination of the two.

Will Eisner

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making.

John Milton

I got this through our brokerage. We all have them. It's really a necessity because it helps you stay in touch. Communication is the point, isn't it?

Scott Armstrong

The retail came more out of a necessity of a failing property. He and his son were able to effectively turn it around and built what later became Dayton's.

Mike Woll

To be competitive, in the resort and hospitality industry, the spa has become a necessity. It used to be considered a loss leader, but now it's a profit center for hotels .

Susie Ellis

What this latest incidence underscores is the necessity of increased support for local law enforcement to aid improving our border security. If this doesn't open D.C.'s eyes, I don't know what will.

Rick Glancey

I don't see it as a necessity to run them.

John Diaz

That which necessity compels she excuses.

Legal Maxim

It's not just being clean and green. It's a necessity in Connecticut. We need over 1,000 new megawatts this year.

Daniel Donovan

Wealth is not of necessity a curse, nor poverty a blessing. Wholesome and easy abundance is better than either extreme; better for our manhood that we have enough for daily comfort; enough for culture, for hospitality, for charity. More than this may or may not be a blessing. Certainly it can be a blessing only by being accepted as a trust.

R. D. Hitchcock

Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.

Leon Trotsky

I don't understand the necessity of clearing us out for demolition to begin in the height of the season.

Mike Sheldon

Access to the Internet today is as much a necessity of life as the more traditional services and should be available to all.

Jonathan Baltuch

Our next vacation means much more to us than a new car, and we would never sacrifice the former for the latter except in a case of dire necessity.

Mireille Guiliano

Quality also marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved.

William A. Foster

We would question the necessity of an expense like that.

Richard Vespucci

That would be a mistake (to play), a big mistake, but like I said, if it's a necessity, I'd do it, ... It would be if there were no defensive tackles (available). That would be the reason.

Kevin Brown

The Internet is no longer something that's nice to have — it's a necessity. How many people have encyclopedias in their homes nowadays? You don't. You use the Internet.

Phillip Bertolini

My cell phone is pretty much a necessity - sometimes a pain but a necessity.

Sandra Moore

And I say it's not. I tell them these men and women are over there because our country sent them, and we have the absolute necessity to try to bring them as much happiness as we can.

Wayne Newton

We can find the water, we're not sweating the water. It's just being able to have something to transport water to the fire and put the fire out that's a necessity.

Bruce Wilkerson

Necessity, who is the mother of invention.


So little of the anatomy is preserved that these fossils do not teach us much new about chimpanzee anatomical evolution. There is no logical necessity why chimps had to remain in the forest.

Sally Mcbrearty

So there is some necessity that we share our advancements, as well as benefit from the collaboration ourselves.

Bill Stone

A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.

Victor Hugo

Mothers are a biological necessity; fathers are a social invention.

Margaret Mead

Peace at any prices appears to be a necessity. I won't say it's a good deal, but it's a necessity.

Ray Neidl

If it was not an absolute necessity and they used it I think parents would be upset. I know I would be upset if it were my grandchild.

Linda Wagner

Those are just a real necessity.

John Dillon

It was more of a necessity than anything else. We were trying to reduce our expenses and improve our bottom line for Louisiana Dental Plan.

Ryan Jumonville

It's not just a road for pleasure, but it's a necessity.

Bryan Moore

There doesn't appear to be the same degree of necessity to move into safe and liquid investments such as you were seeing last week.

Kevin Flanagan

Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity.

Jean Toomer

I found it liberating of necessity to devise my own style and my own tactics and to look for a voice on the instrument because there weren't really any that impacted strongly on me.

Steve Swallow

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

There would be no cancellation ever from Lorraine that would be anything less than some sort of personal necessity.

John Harbison

While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important.

Walter Lippmann

She was chronologically in luck. She corresponded to necessity.

Lincoln Kirstein

Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace.

Solomon Ibn Gabirol Ben Judah

It is essential that those in charge of the football industry realize that addressing racial equality is a necessity, not an option.

Trevor Phillips

The perimeter firewall is a necessity.

Raphael Reich

We had to be innovative. They say necessity is the mother of invention.

Dave Jackson

It’s out of necessity, really, ... We’ve got to go with what we’ve got.

Scott Ford

Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war.

Norman Mailer

I wrote the play out of necessity.

John Mighton

It's wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Make a virtue of necessity.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Giving is a necessity sometimes... more urgent, indeed, than having.

Margaret Lee Runbeck

The two main issues are security and the necessity for an inclusive election.

Adnan Pachachi

The larger a bank gets, by necessity controls have to increase. You can't operate hundreds of branches and let each branch do their own thing. Some things will have to be adjusted.

Donald Flatt

Quilting has evolved. It's still evolving. It's gone from necessity into visual arts...

Ginny Moe

I'm skeptical that the tone of the conference call ... was anything other than an act of necessity on the company's part to keep investors around.

Michael Schroeder

We had such information that a raid was a necessity.

Arne Ljungqvist

If necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness must be its father.

Carl Stoddard

You've got to wonder what the necessity is for cars if people can't afford them. It just seems ludicrous.

Judith Collins

A wholly unrealistic mandate to compete against itself with an aging fleet, aging workforce and and ailing infrastructure make a public accounting of the Coastal Ferry Act a necessity.

Jackie Miller

It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of self-deception.

Robert Motherwell

We didn't mean to hurt anybody by doing what we did. We did it out of necessity for financial reasons. Anybody who helped out will be paid back in full.

Kris Everson

They're going to have to. With the pressure that front four is getting, some teams are going to say it's a necessity. Washington stuck to it; they did a good job.

Brian Goldberg

We saw it as a necessity that insurance wouldn't cover.

Dirck Reichard

One-third of the new homes sold this year will be at 3,000 square feet. At 4,000 square feet, automation almost becomes a necessity, not a luxury.

Jonathan Gaw

Truth has beauty, power and necessity.

Sylvia Ashton Warner

We should manage our fortunes as we do our health - enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

To make a virtue of necessity.

Roman Proverb

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.

Edward Abbey

Blacks began to sing out of necessity because they couldn't speak. We wanted to honor that.

Linda Wilson

The idea to do town houses came out of necessity. This development was originally designed to have a commercial use on the ground floor, but we decided there really was no market for that in this area.

Robert Siegel

Pulling together is a reality and a necessity these days. These communities will have to put aside their internal competitiveness to deal with the real competition in the global economy.

Emily Derocco

We see this as a positive and a necessity given that the scope and complexity of Wal-Mart's U.S. business is too broad for a single executive to oversee anymore.

Emme Kozloff

We'll see (the defense ministry) report, and their findings can be the basis for an investigation if there is a necessity for that.

Erry Riyana Hardjapamekas

It's just almost becoming a necessity.

Ernie Slottag

Socialist democracy is not a luxury but an absolute, essential necessity for overthrowing capitalism and building socialism.

Ernest Mandel