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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Necessity
 
Necessity—thou best of peacemakers,
As well as surest prompter of invention.
        Scott.—Peveril of the Peak, Chap. XXVI.
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        Necessity invented stools,
Convenience next suggested elbow-chairs,
And luxury the accomplish’d sofa last.
        Cowper.—The Task, Book I. Line 86.
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1.  She must lie here on mere necessity.
2.  Necessity will make us all forsworn.
        Shakespeare.—Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act I. Scene 1.
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Necessity’s sharp pinch.
        Shakespeare.—King Lear, Act II. Scene 4.
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I’d rather dwell in my necessity.
        Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act I. Scene 3.
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Orpheus, who found no remedy,
Made virtue of necessity.
        King.—Orpheus and Eurydice, Line 193.
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To maken virtue of necessity.
        Chaucer.—The Knight’s Tale, Line 3044.
  7
Are you content to be our general?
To make a virtue of necessity,
And live, as we do, in this wilderness?
        Shakespeare.—Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV. Scene 1.
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