When God would educate a man He compels him to learn bitter lessons. He sends him to school to the necessities rather than to the graces, that, by knowing all suffering, he may know also the eternal consolation.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
It is observed in the golden verses of Pythagoras, that power is never far from necessity. The vigor of the human mind quickly appears when there is no longer any place for doubt and hesitation, when diffidence is absorbed in the sense of danger, or overwhelmed by some resistless passion.
Necessity may render a doubtful act innocent, but it cannot make it praiseworthy.
We cannot conquer fate and necessity, yet we can yield to them in such a manner as to be greater than if we could.
The best teacher one can have is necessity.
There is no contending with necessity, and we should be very tender how we censure those that submit to it. 'Tis one thing to be at liberty to do what we will, and another thing to be tied up to do what we must.
And with necessity, the tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds.
Necessity, that great refuge and excuse for human frailty, breaks through all law; and he is not to be accounted in fault whose crime is not the effect of choice, but force.
Necessity is the argument of tyrants: it is the creed of slaves.
Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.
There is no virtue like necessity.
What fate imposes, men must needs abide; it boots not to resist both wind and tide.
A people never fairly begins to prosper till necessity is treading on its heels. The growing want of room is one of the sources of civilization. Population is power, but it must be a population that, in growing, is made daily apprehensive of the morrow.
Necessity is always the first stimulus to industry, and those who conduct it with prudence, perseverance, and energy will rarely fail. Viewed in this light, the necessity of labor is not a chastisement, but a blessing,—the very root and spring of all that we call progress in individuals and civilization in nations.
What was once to me mere matter of the fancy, now has grown to be the necessity of heart and life.
The argument of necessity is not only the tyrant's plea, but the patriot's defense, and the safety of the state.