|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||George Farquhar (16781707)|
|QUOTATION:||Necessity, the mother of invention. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||The Twin Rivals. Act i.|
Art imitates Nature, and necessity is the mother of invention.Richard Franck: Northern Memoirs (written in 1658, printed in 1694).
Necessity is the mother of invention.Wycherly: Love in a Wood, act iii. sc. 3 (1672).
Magister artis ingenique largitor
(Hunger is the teacher of the arts and the bestower of invention).
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