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


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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5 Responses to Quotable #55: Necessity

  1. Abigail says:

    I agree with St. Augustine. Necessity is relative.

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  2. I give up. Sometimes there is a necessity with no intention until intensity creates the necessity. Your Mother is always right.


  3. David Redpath says:

    Frank Zappa was the founder
    of ‘The Mothers of Invention’.
    … But don’t quote me.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. shoreacres says:

    “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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