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Necessity is the mistress and guardian of Nature
It is necessity and not pleasure that compels us
Necessity may render a doubtful act innocent, but it cannot make it praiseworthy
Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities
The greatest man living may stand in need of the meanest, as much as the meanest does of him
Necessity knows no law except to conquer
Necessity never made a good bargain
Our necessities never equal our wants
Necessity is the mother of taking chances
Stern is the visage of necessity
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."