Quotable #55: Necessity


“Necessity is the mother of invention.” — Anon.

“Invention is the mother of necessity.” — Samuel Butler

“Necessity knows no law.” — St. Augustine

“‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ is a silly proverb. ‘Necessity is the mother of futile dodges’ is much nearer the truth.” — Alfred North Whitehead, cited in The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 29, No. 287, 1945

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5 thoughts on “Quotable #55: Necessity

  1. “Invention is the mother of necessity” has been one of my favorites for years. I thought I was the source, actually, but it makes sense that such wisdom should spring up from multiple sources.


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