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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Numbers.
 
Pythagoras looked on numbers as influential principles.   1
   1 is Unity, and represents Deity, which has no parts.   2
   2 is Diversity, and therefore disorder. The principle of strife and all evil.   3
   3 is Perfect Harmony, or the union of unity and diversity.   4
   4 is Perfection. It is the first square (2 x 2 = 4).   5
   5 is the prevailing number in Nature and Art.   6
   6 is Justice (Perfect Harmony being 3, which multiplied by Trinity = 6).   7
   7 is the climacteric number in all diseases. Called the Medical Number (2 syl.).   8
        2. The Romans dedicated the second month to Pluto, and the second day of the month to the Manes. They believed it to be the most fatal number of all.
        4 and 6 are omitted, not being prime numbers; 4 is the multiple of 2, and 6 is the multiple of 3.
 


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