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In things to be seen at once, much variety makes confusion, another vice of beauty. In things that are not seen at once, and have no respect one to another, great variety is commendable, provided this variety transgress not the rules of optics and geometry.
W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
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A Cow, a Horse and a Goat
A cow, a horse, and a goat were in a wheat field and consumed some stalks of wheat. Damages of 5 baskets of grain were asked by the wheat field's owner. If the goat ate one half the number of stalks as the horse, and the horse ate one half of what was eaten by the cow, how much should be paid by the owners of the goat, horse, and cow, respectively? (Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art, China, c. 100 BCE)