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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:3287
AUTHOR:George Farquhar (1678–1707)
QUOTATION:Necessity, the mother of invention. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Twin Rivals. Act i.
 
Note 1.
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
Venter
(Hunger is the teacher of the arts and the bestower of invention).
Persius: Prolog. line 10. [back]
 

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