In the additions of Hadrianus Julius to the Adages of Erasmus, he remarks, under the head of Necessitatem edere, that a very familiar proverb was current among his countrymen,Necessitatem in virtutem commutare (To make necessity a virtue).
Laudem virtutis necessitati damus (We give to necessity the praise of virtue).Quintilian: Inst. Orat. i. 8. 14. [back]