„Art imitates Nature, and Necessity is the Mother of Invention.“

Northern Memoirs, written in 1658 and published in 1694 along with another work by Franck, The Contemplative and Practical Angler

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„Necessity, the mother of invention.“

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„Necessity, the mother of invention.“

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The Twin Rivals (1702), Act i. Compare: "Necessity is the mother of invention", Wycherly, Love in a Wood (1672), act iii. sc. 3.; "Art imitates Nature, and necessity is the mother of invention", Richard Franck, Northern Memoirs (written in 1658, printed in 1694); "Magister artis ingenique largitor Venter" (translated: "Hunger is the teacher of the arts and the bestower of invention"), Persius, Prolog., line 10.

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„Necessity is the mother of invention.“

—  Platón, The Republic

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„Necessity is the mother of all invention.“

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