Necessity

What destroys a man more quickly than to work, think, and feel without inner necessity, without any deep personal desire, without pleasure – as a mere automaton of duty?

Progress is what happens when inevitability yields to necessity. And it is an article of the democratic faith that progress is a basic law of life.

Progress is what happens when inevitability yields to necessity. And it is an article of the democratic faith that progress is a basic law of life.

Progress is what happens when inevitability yields to necessity. And it is an article of the democratic faith that progress is a basic law of life.

The might of necessity brooks no resistance.

The might of necessity brooks no resistance.

Modern science has imposed on humanity the necessity of wandering.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

The greatest injustices proceed from those who pursue excess, not by those who are driven by necessity.

The greatest crimes are caused by excess and not by necessity.

Only through a harmonization of human wills, in a compact freely entered into in the light of divine necessity, can peace prevail among men.

I’m convinced that time has no existence in the mind at all. We partition time out of necessity, so that if I say I will be somewhere at 1 o’clock, we agree on what 1 o’clock is. Civilization couldn’t function otherwise. But our minds are a swirling mass of images and recollections that are connected, and it’s the connections that count.

The necessity of getting reconciled with the idea of his possible extinction may breed a new humility and may rid man of that biological jingoism which made him regard himself as the crown of creation.

The most potent force in the world is an idea which, when organized into a body of concepts, becomes a culture and way of life. Concepts are psychological lenses focusing our experiences. Our physical eyes bring their reports but our conceptual lenses interpret them. If we would “know ourselves” it is a paramount necessity that we should examine critically and impartially our conceptual heritage and endeavor to discover why we accept or reject it.

Vacation used to be a luxury, however, in today's world, it has become a necessity.

For the victor, there is no necessity for explanations.

Nature does nothing for the sake of an end, for that eternal and infinite Being whom we call God or Nature acts by the same necessity by which He exists.

Ignorance lies at the bottom of all human knowledge, and the deeper we penetrate the nearer we arrive unto it. For what we truly know, or what can we clearly affirm, of any one of those important things upon which all our reasonings must of necessity be built - time and space, life and earth, matter and mind?

Virtue does not of necessity go hand in hand with primitive plumbing, and nobility can be found in a skyscraper no less than in a log cabin.

All things happen by virtue of necessity.