Friday, February 5, 2010

Did you know that: Maxims - Necessity & Invention

Did you know that the saying "Necessity is the mother of invention" actually comes from Plato? Yes, it does. Here is an excerpt from The Republic in which Plato presents this idea:
Then, I said, let us begin and create in idea a State; and yet the true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention.[1]
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1. Plato, The Republic and Other Works, Trans. Benjamit Jowett (New York: Anchor Books, 1989), p.53.

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