What is more beautiful than the quincunx, that, from whatever direction you regard it, presents straight lines?
Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria
All things began in order, so shall they end, and so shall they begin again; according to the ordainer of order and mystical Mathematicks of the City of Heaven.
― Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus
We study the order of things, says Browne, but we cannot grasp their innermost essence.
-W. G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn