I am wondering what the difference between 需 and 須 is. They seem close enough while 需 slightly hints to me that it is an "optional" kind of want, while 須 is a "demanding" want. Is this correct and is there a better way to think of them? Thanks!
The answer to this question: What is the difference between 必须, 得, and 需要? already explained the difference between 需 and 須.
需(need) apply to noun. For example: "必需品" (品 is a noun)
須(need to; must) apply to verb. For example: "須知人言可畏" (知 is a verb)
必需品: necessity; essential thing
人言可畏 criticisms should be feared; gossip is a fearful thing