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It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Teach thy necessity to reason thus; There is no virtue like necessity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The human condition is such that pain and effort are not just symptoms which can be removed without changing life itself; they are the modes in which life itself, together with the necessity to which it is bound, makes itself felt. For mortals, the easy life of the gods would be a lifeless life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If the most significant characteristic of man is the complex of biological needs he shares with all members of his species, then the best lives for the writer to observe are those in which the role of natural necessity is clearest, namely, the lives of the very poor.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No sex, age, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one vastly beneath the rank of man.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of my being rebels, so much that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. I do not think that the knowledge which I have gained of its history and sources compensates me for the unpleasant details it has forced upon my attention.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The business that considers itself immune to the necessity for advertising sooner or later finds itself immune to business.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. There are some things in every country that you must be born to endure; and another hundred years of general satisfaction with Americans and America could not reconcile this expatriate to cranberry sauce, peanut butter, and drum majorettes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every hardship; every joy; every temptation is a challenge of the spirit; that the human soul may prove itself. The great chain of necessity wherewith we are bound has divine significance; and nothing happens which has not some service in working out the sublime destiny of the human soul.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Peak performers see the ability to manage change as a necessity in fulfilling their missions.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The sensual and spiritual are linked together by a mysterious bond, sensed by our emotions, though hidden from our eyes. To this double nature of the visible and invisible world -- to the profound longing for the latter, coupled with the feeling of the sweet necessity for the former, we owe all sound and logical systems of philosophy, truly based on the immutable principles of our nature, just as from the same source arise the most senseless enthusiasms.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Under the rules of a society that cannot distinguish between profit and profiteering, between money defined as necessity and money defined as luxury, murder is occasionally obligatory and always permissible.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Let honor be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As soon as sacrifice becomes a duty and necessity to mankind. I see no limit to the horizon which opens before him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wherever there is a parliament, there must of necessity be an opposition.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What is difficulty? Only a word indicating the degree of effort required to accomplish something! A mere notice of the necessity for exertion; a scarecrow to children and fools and a stimulus to real men.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most urgent necessity in human life is to be able to face life victoriously. For many are living mentally, physically, morally and spiritually defeated.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Understand clearly that when a great need appears a great use appears also; when there is small need there is small use; it is obvious, then, that full use is made of all things at all times according to the necessity thereof.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Also, I had read a book called She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, written by a professor who had gone through transgender surgery, but it took this person well into his thirties to come to terms with the absolute necessity of having to do it.More [09/25/2006 12:09:00]
“Higher price points for the blockbuster titles in 2004 and 2005 can condition the video game consumer for the acceptance of broader price increases during the next video game cycle and beyond. We encourage the industry to look longer-term at the potential necessity to raise prices to maintain growth.”More [10/30/2006 12:10:00]
For a successful revolution it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights.More [07/04/2007 12:07:00]
Given the time and circumstances, nothing under the sun shall stop this country from becoming a super power.Being grateful has limitations, no man can be grateful at the cost of his dignity, no woman at the cost of her chastity and no country at the cost of its freedom.I hope that Mr. Gandhi will not drive me to the necessity of making a choice between his life and rights of my people, for I shall never consent to deliver my people bound hand and foot to the orthodox for generations to come.More [07/04/2007 12:07:00]
Sandor Szavost: Don't you think one of the charms of marriage is that it makes deception a necessity for both parties? May I ask why a beautiful woman who could have any man in this room wants to be married?
Alice Harford: Why wouldn't she?
Sandor Szavost: Is it as bad as that?
Alice Harford: As good as that!More [10/24/2007 12:10:00]
When mankind first saw the necessity of government, it is probable that many had conceived the desire of ruling.More [01/14/2008 12:01:00]
Louis: Blood, I was to find, was a necessity as well. I woke the next evening with a hunger I had never felt.More [04/21/2008 12:04:00]
Absalom: [at the palace of Akiss, king of the Philistines] ... My master wishes to see King Akiss.
Akiss's Captain: He is Israelite?
Absalom: He is mad.
Akiss's Captain: Therefore Israelite.
[laughs and permits them to enter]
King Akiss: I apologize for the necessity of your performance, but in our country, madmen are held to be sacred. Grasp that and you have perhaps grasped the very essence of religion... Another Samson? Absalom, I would be obliged if you were to keep well away from those pillars, hmm? Youth is no barrier to strength, as you yourself so ably demonstrated, David.
David: God's victory, not mine. I was but the means to His end.
King Akiss: Of Goliath, perhaps. It's the motive of your God that seems less clear. If He can deliver you from a giant, why can He not free you of Saul?
David: If you grant us refuge, He will have done so.
King Akiss: What about the god in whose temple you stand? Will not Dagon deserve some measure of thanks? Hmm?
David: It's you who will have cause to thank him, for we shall be yours to command against any enemy you choose to name.
King Akiss: Except Saul, of course.
David: I cannot raise my hand against the Lord's annointed king.
King Akiss: He's very ready to raise his hand against you, hmm?
David: He could no sooner rid himself of me than I could ever bring myself to kill him.
King Akiss: To love one's enemy is a fine sentiment... but for a poet, not for a king.More [06/04/2008 12:06:00]
I've learned, I think, to be able to distinguish between the necessary and the unnecessary as far as my limited outside time is concerned. Saying "no" politely is a necessity if one wants to lead any kind of stable life.More [07/10/2008 12:07:00]
There is a lot of stuff now that is in bad taste, and I don't see the necessity for it all. We didn't have to do it in our time, and they don't have to do it now.More [10/19/2008 12:10:00]
Atticus Finch:
Do you know what a compromise is?

Bendin' the law?

Atticus Finch:
[slightly bemused] Uh, no. It's an agreement reached by mutual consent. Now, here's the way it works. You concede the necessity of goin' to school, we'll keep right on readin' the same every night, just as we always have. Is that a bargain?

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Lieutenant Rozanov:
It is necessary for you to remain in this house at most vigorously for short time only.

Walt Whittaker:
Well, we're not going anywhere but...

Lieutenant Rozanov:
Good! Please to remain absolutely good behaved so that this man, marksman of prize winning caliber, will not have the necessity of shooting you to small pieces!

Lieutenant Rozanov:
[in Russian to Kolchin] Watch them.

[points to Peter]

Lieutenant Rozanov:
[in Russian] And especially watch that little bastard too.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
[Adams tries to persuade Jefferson to stay in Philadelphia and write the Declaration of Independence rather than return home to Virginia]

Thomas Jefferson:
Mr. Adams, I have not seen my wife these past six months! I beg of you, Mr. Adams...

John Adams:
[quotes from memory] 'And we solemly declare that we will preserve our liberties, being with one mind resolved to die free men rather than to live slaves.' Thomas Jefferson "On the Necessity of Taking Up Arms," 1775. Magnificent! Why, you write ten times better than any man in Congress. Including me. For a man of only thirty-three years, you have a happy talent of composition and a remarkable felicity of expression. Now then sir: will you be a patriot? Or a lover?

Thomas Jefferson:
A lover.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Red Green:
They say necessity is the mother of invention. Don't know who the father is; probably remorse.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Darien Fawkes:
They say necessity is the mother of invention. And when the necessity is survival, she can be one mean mother. Of course, it is her child, invention, who is the really dangerous one.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind.More [07/01/2011 06:07:47]
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.More [07/07/2011 05:07:40]
In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.More [07/07/2011 07:07:45]
We are beginning a new era in our government. I cannot too strongly urge the necessity of a rigid economy and an inflexible determination not to enlarge the income beyond the real necessities of the government.More [07/07/2011 10:07:18]
First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical. The political side is required principally because of the necessity of the current Russian position.More [07/07/2011 04:07:30]
The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.More [07/08/2011 01:07:14]
You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the worst of two evils or none at all. So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two. Nixon is impossible.More [07/10/2011 04:07:41]

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