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QuintilianWe give to necessity the praise of virtue.

—  Quintilian, 35-96 AD, Roman rhetorician

NapoleonA man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Mahatma GandhiEarth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Karl MarxFrom each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

TalleyrandA married man with a family will do anything for money.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Somerset MaughamIt is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Thomas EdisonI find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

VauvenarguesNecessity relieves us from the embarrassment of choice.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Victor HugoGod knows better than we do what we need.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Karl KrausThe tyranny of necessity grants its slaves three kinds of freedom: opinion free from intellect, entertainment free from art, and orgies free from love.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

William JamesFreedom is only necessity understood.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Zig ZiglarMoney isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer


Latin Quotes

JuvenalBread and circuses.

Panem et circenses.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

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Ancient Greek

Simonides of CeosNot even the gods fight necessity.

Ανάγκα ουδέ Θεοί μάχονται.

—  Simonides of Ceos, 556-468 BC, Ancient poet & author of epigrams

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EpicurusNecessity is a bad thing, but there is no necessity to live with necessity.

Κακόν ανάγκη, αλλ’ ουδεμία ανάγκη ζην μετά ανάγκης.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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HomerShame is not good for a man in need.

Αιδώς δ’ ουκ αγαθή κεχρημένω ανδρί παρείναι.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey XVII

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Homerll men need the gods.

Πάντες δὲ θεών χατέουσ' άνθρωποι.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey III


Proverbs

Yiddish proverbThe best horse needs a whip, the wisest man advice, and the most chaste woman a man.

—  Yiddish proverb

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English proverbNecessity is the mother of invention.

—  English proverb

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English proverbA friend in need is a friend indeed.

—  English proverb

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