Isidore of Seville

Take away number in all things and all things perish. Take calculation from the world and all is enveloped in dark ignorance, nor can he who does not know the way to reckon be distinguished from the rest of the animals. (from JAMA 2005;293:777 and referenced to: Crosby AW. The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press; 1988) - Isidore of Seville