necessity

A Quote by George Santayana on necessity, life, and belief

The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular.

George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

Source: Scepticism and Animal Faith, 1923

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on vegetarianism, veganism, eating, food choices, choice, and necessity

How self-centered, how arrogant...  Imagine the awesome privilege of living in a society where you get to choose what you eat at each and every meal.  When I was a kid, I was a vegetarian and a vegan for long stretches… I was a commodity cheese-atarian.

Sherman Alexie

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A Quote by G. I. Gurdjieff on realization, necessity, self-change, observing oneself, self-observation, inner processes, instrument, and awakening

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.

G. I. Gurdjieff

Contributed by: PiALOGUE

A Quote by G. I. Gurdjieff on self-knowledge, realization, necessity, self-change, observing oneself, self-observation, inner processes, instrument, awakening, and slave

Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.

G. I. Gurdjieff

Contributed by: PiALOGUE

A Quote by Steve on violence, choice, necessity, and masquerading

Violence is a choice masquerading as a necessity.

Steve Ryals

Source: Drunk with Wonder: Awakening to the God Within

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A Quote by Jimmy Carter on war, peace, necessity, evil, goodness, and jimmy carter

“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.”

Jimmy Carter (1924 -)

Source: Thinkexist.com

Contributed by: Zoe

A Quote by William Wycherley on inventions, motherhood, and necessity

Necessity, mother of invention.

William Wycherley (1640? - 1716)

Source: Love in a Wood, act iii. sc. 3 (1672).

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Wordsworth on company, fear, necessity, and pain

Who, doomed to go in company with Pain And Fear and Bloodshed,-miserable train!- Turns his necessity to glorious gain.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Character of the Happy Warrior.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Shakespeare on happiness, heaven, necessity, reason, and virtue

All places that the eye of heaven visits Are to a wise man ports and happy havens. Teach thy necessity to reason thus; There is no virtue like necessity.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: King Richard II, Act i, scene 3.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William S. Ogdon on art, birds, character, clarity, conscience, contentment, control, determination, discovery, economics, effort, enemies, ethics, fashion, goodness, government, happiness, heart, individuality, life, listening, luxury, money,

The Art of Happiness There was never a time when so much official effort was being expended to produce happiness, and probably never a time when so little attention was paid by the individual to creating and personal qualities that make for it. What one misses most today is the evidence of widespread personal determination to develop a character that will, in itself, given any reasonable odds, make for happiness. Our whole emphasis is on the reform of living conditions, of increased wages, of controls on the economic structure-the government approach-and so little on man improving himself. The ingredients of happiness are so simple that they can be counted on one hand. Happiness comes from within, and rests most securely on simple goodness and clear conscience. Religion may not be essential to it, but no one ins known to have gained it without a philosophy resting on ethical principles. Selfishness is its enemy; to make another happy is to be happy one's self. It is quiet, seldom found for long in crowds, most easily won in moments of solitude and reflection. It cannot be bought; indeed, money has very little to do with it. No one is happy unless he is reasonably well satisfied with himself, so that the quest for tranquility must of necessity begin with self-examination. We shall not often be content with what we discover in this scrutiny. There is much to do, and so little done. Upon this searching self-analysis, however, depends the discovery of those qualities that make each man unique, and whose development alone can bring satisfaction. Of all those who have tried, down the ages, to outline a program for happiness, few have succeeded so well as William Henry Channing, chaplain of the House of Representatives in the middle of the last century: "To live content with small means; so seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy . . . to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to the stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never; in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common." It will be noted that no government can do this for you; you must do it for yourself.

William S. Ogdon

Source: New York Times, Editorial Page, Dec. 30, 1945

Contributed by: Zaady

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