A need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem. This saying appears in the dialogue Republic, by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato.
Inventiveness and ingenuity are stimulated by difficulty. For example, The first prisoner to tie together bedsheets to escape knew that necessity was the mother of invention. This proverb first appeared in English in 1519 in slightly different form, “Need taught him wit,” and exists in many other languages as well.
[nuh-ses-i-tee] /nəˈsɛs ɪ ti/ noun, plural necessities. 1. something or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life. 2. the fact of being or indispensable; indispensability: the necessity of adequate housing. 3. an imperative requirement or need for something: the necessity for a quick decision. 4. the state or fact of being or inevitable: to […]
[nuh-chah-koh] /nəˈtʃɑ koʊ/ noun 1. a river in central British Columbia, Canada, flowing NE and E to the Fraser river. About 150 miles (240 km) long.
[nech-iz] /ˈnɛtʃ ɪz/ noun 1. a river in E Texas, flowing S and SE to Sabine Lake. 416 miles (669 km) long.
[nee-koh] /ˈni koʊ/ noun 1. Prince of Sais and Prince of Memphis, flourished 633? b.c, chief of the Egyptian delta lords (father of Psamtik I).