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A need is a thing that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life.  Needs are distinguished from wants in that, in the case of a need, a deficiency causes a clear adverse outcome: a dysfunction or death.


  • Human needs, although originally derived from biological necessity, are thus a result of the existence of society and are conditioned by the stage of development which society has reached.
    • Oskar R. Lange "The Subject Matter of Political Economy: Elementary Concepts"
  • Clark Kent: The guy isn't a 24-hour pharmacy chief, he must not have felt like he was needed. Calling attention to Superman not being around only serves to put a big target on the people of Metropolis.
  • Spock: Do not grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many, outweigh...
Kirk: The needs of the few.
Spock: Or the one. I never took the Kobayashi Maru test until now. What do you think of my solution?
  • Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.
    • Martina Navratilova, quoted in p 15, Grand Ideas from Within By Janice M. Mcdermott & Joan Stewart
  • Pedott: I feel sorry for you. I really do.
Renard: I don't want you to. I don't want you to go to that kind of trouble. I just want you to keep supplying me with what I need. I don't care what it is. Scissors to save my lousy hide or a leaky fountain pen so I can pick winners. But whatever it is, I want it to keep coming. I don't want it to stop.
Pedott: That's a pity, because it must stop. It must stop now.
Renard: Why? Why does it have to stop?
Pedott: Because the things you need most I can't supply.
Renard: What are they?
Pedott: Serenity, peace of mind, humor, the ability to laugh at oneself. Those are the things you need most, but it's beyond my power to give them to you.
  • Renard: What do I need? You tell me, old man.
Pedott: One needs many different things.
Renard: Yeah, yeah, but what do I need now? Huh? What do I need tonight?
  • One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one's life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.

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