Necessary Quotes

Love seems inevitable, necessary, as normal and as easy a process as respiration.

Anthony Burgess

The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil.

Francis Herbert Bradley

In order to understand the Scriptures, it is absolutely necessary to know the whole, complete Christ, that is, Head and members. For sometimes Christ speaks in the name of the Head alone ... sometimes in the name of His body, which is the holy Church spread over the entire earth. And we are in His body ... and we hear ourselves speaking in it, for the Apostle tells us: We are members of His body (Eph. 5:30). In many places does the Apostle tell us this.

St. Augustine of Hippo

In necessary things (essentials), unity; in doubtful things (non-essentials), liberty; in all things, charity (love).

St. Augustine of Hippo

You are a man. Is it necessary for you to tell others that you are a man? No. But if you are living among donkeys, you would vehemently declare that you are a man. In the same way, I am God, but I have not to speak of it, because it is quite natural. Yet sometimes, I have to declare it.

Meher Baba

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. As it turns out, work is less boring than amusing oneself.

Charles Baudelaire

Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?

Sir James Matthew Barrie

To be so closely caught up in the teeth of things that they kill you, no matter how infinitesimally kill you, is, truly, to be a poet: and to be a poet in fact it is additionally necessary that you should possess the tongues and instruments with which to record this series of infinitesimal deaths.

George Granville Barker

And skepticism, although absolutely necessary, leads to not very much.

Donald Barthelme

It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation.

Joseph Hilaire Pierre Ren Belloc

You will say, 'How can chance assemble in one place all the things necessary to produce an oak tree?' My answer is that it would be no miracle if the matter thus arranged had not formed an oak. But it would have been a very great miracle if, once the matter was thus arranged, an oak had not been formed. A few less of some shapes, and it would have been an elm, a poplar, a willow, an elder, heather or moss. A little more of some other shapes and it might have been a sensitive plant, an oyster in its shell, a worm, a fly, a frog, a sparrow, an ape or a man.

Cyrano Hercule Savinien de Bergerac

I have no doubt that in heaven the angels will regard the blessed as a necessary evil.

Alan Bennett

The Great Spirit is everywhere; he hears whatever is in our minds and our hearts, and it is not necessary to speak to Him in a loud voice.

Nicholas Black Elk

When people speak vaguely about generalists vs. specialists, they must mean by the generalist the philosopher, for he is the only kind of knower who embraces, or once embraced, all the specialties, possessing a subject matter, necessary to the specialties, which was realbeing or the goodand not just a collection of the matters of the specialties.

Allan David Bloom

Creation exists only in the unforeseen made necessary.

Pierre Boulez
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