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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8743
AUTHOR:Pliny the Elder (A.D. c. 23–A.D. 79)
QUOTATION:Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual? 1
ATTRIBUTION:Natural History. Book xxviii. Sect. 23.
 
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Quotation 34. Also Lover, Quotation 4.

Numero deus impare gaudet (The god delights in odd numbers).—Virgil: Eclogæ, 8, 75. [back]
 

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