St. Augustine


Six is a number perfect in itself, and not because God created the world in six days; rather the contrary is true. God created the world in six days because this number is perfect, and it would remain perfect, even if the work of the six days did not exist.

The City of God (412 - 27)

It is better that the grammarians should chide us than that the people should not understand us.

quoted by Mario Pei, Invitation to Linguistics (1965)