A Quote by Plato on inventions, motherhood, and necessity

Necessity, who is the mother of invention.

Plato (c.427 - 347 BC)

Source: The Republic. Book II. 369C

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A Quote by Nelson Algren on judgment, necessity, and responsibility

The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.

Nelson Algren (1909 - 1981)

Source: Preface to Chicago: City on the Make, 1951.

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on education, intelligence, necessity, quality, strength, and tenderness

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

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A Quote by May Sarton on necessity and truth

It always comes to the same necessity: go deep enough and there is a bedrock of truth, however hard.

May Sarton

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A Quote by Mark Twain on chance, motherhood, and necessity

Necessity is the mother of taking chances.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Leonardo da Vinci on nature and necessity

Necessity is the mistress and guardian of Nature.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Source: The Notebooks, 1508–1518

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A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on conviction and necessity

I am coming more and more to the conviction that the necessity of our geometry cannot be demonstrated, at least neither by, nor for, the human intellect. . . . Geometry should be ranked, not with arithmetic, which is purely aprioristic, but with mechanics.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855)

Source: Quoted in J. Koenderink Solid Shape, Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press, 1990.

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A Quote by John Quincy Adams on books, day, life, men, necessity, and world

I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and I say to you, Search the Scriptures! The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through, and then laid aside, but to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be intermitted, unless by some overruling necessity.

John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)

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A Quote by John Muir on beginning, home, life, mountains, necessity, and people

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Milton on deed, necessity, and tyranny

And with necessity, The tyrant's plea, 10 excus'd his devilish deeds.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 393.

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