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“The Saviour of the world chose twelve disciples, and even one of that small number, selected by superhuman wisdom, turned out a traitor and a devil.”

Abraham Lincoln. A Treasury of Lincoln Quotations by Fred Kerner, 1965.


The twelve sacred shields of ancient Rome, on the safety of which the fate of the Roman people was believed to depend. The first Ancile was said to have dropped to earth from heaven.

Dictionary of Mysticism by Frank Gaynor, 1953.

“Work only half a day; it makes no difference which half - it can be either the first twelve hours or the last twelve hours.”

Rule One in Holiday Inn founder’s “Kemmons Wilson’s Twenty Tips for Success.” From Sex, Drugs, Einstein and Elves by Clifford A. Pickover, 2005.

Aaron’s Breastplate

A vestment worn by Aaron, the first high priest of Israel. It was set with twelve stones in four rows: sardius, topaz and carbuncle; emerald, sapphire and diamond; jacinth, agate, and amethyst; beryl, onyx and jasper; one stone for each of the names of the son of Jacob, engraved with their respective names and all held in place with a filigree of gold.

Whose What? by Dorothy Rose Blumberg, 1969.