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  • Necessity does the work of courage.

  • Of all the bitter and heavy things in this sorry old world, the not being necessary is the bitterest and heaviest.

  • I am wary of need / that tastes like destruction.

    • Audre Lorde,
    • "Need: A Chorale for Black Woman Voices" (1989), Undersong ()
  • No one is necessary / not even for you, who by definition / are so needy.

    • Rosario Castellanos,
    • "The Return," in Magda Bogin, trans., The Selected Poems of Rosario Castellanos ()
  • Want, the Mistress of Invention, still tempts me on.

  • Necessity knows no Sunday.

  • Necessity is God's veil.

  • Much that you need has been lost ... We must use what we have to invent what we desire.

  • Necessity has no law ...

    • Abigail Adams,
    • to her sister, Mary Smith Cranch (1784), Letters of Mrs. Adams ()
  • No crust so tough as the grudged bread of dependence.

  • What you need will come back to you.

    • Nancy Willard,
    • "Close Encounters of the Story Kind," A Nancy Willard Reader ()
  • To the inspiration of necessity, we owe half the wise, beautiful, and useful blessings of the world.

  • I believe we are always attracted by what we need most, an instinct leading us toward the persons who are to open new vistas in our lives and fill them with new knowledge.

  • Necessity can set me helpless on my back, but she cannot keep me there; nor can four walls limit my vision.

  • I think you can make it if you have to make it. You can manage if you have to. Only when you don't have to do it, is when you can't manage.

  • ... I would so appreciate it, Sire, if you could send me a few farthings to provide for my needs, which are so numerous that it would exhaust me just to count them, and perhaps impossible for you to assist me with them in any other fashion. I will say only that the provisions currently given to us in the convent consist of moldy bread, ox meat, and wine that has turned sour. I enjoy your wine, of which I still have one full flask and another half, and I do not need any more just yet, because I drink so little.

    • Virginia Galilei,
    • in Dava Sobel., trans., Letters to Father: Suor Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633 ()
  • ... pragmatist that I am, I always meet necessity with enthusiasm.

  • Our needs cancel each other out, and that's as solid a base for love as any.

    • Rosario Ferré,
    • "Isolde's Mirror," Sweet Diamond Dust and Other Stories ()
  • ... there was nothing like necessity to supply a lack of nerve.

  • I have everything I need. A square of sky, a piece of stone, a page, a pen, and memory raining down on me in sleeves.

    • Harriet Doerr,
    • "A Sleeve of Rain," The Tiger in the Grass: Stories and Other Inventions ()
  • ... when we call someone needy, it really means that we don't have the time, the energy, the inclination, or the capacity to meet their need. We blame the need, or worse, the person with the need, instead of the lack of time, energy, inclination, or capacity.