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

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

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

Karl Marx (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist.

Necessity does everything well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.

Euripides (BC 480-BC 406) Greek tragic poet.

Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.


Necessity has the face of a dog.

Gabriel García Márquez (1928-?) Colombian writer.

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.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.

We come into the world laden with the weight of an infinite necessity.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

Make yourself necessary to somebody.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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 (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.