Generative Quotes (2 quotes)
Every form of life can be produced by physical forces in one of two ways: either by coming into being out of formless matter, or by the modification of an already existing form by a continued process of shaping. In the latter case the cause of this modification may lie either in the influence of a dissimilar male generative matter upon the female germ, or in the influence of other powers which operate only after procreation.
Iamblichus in his treatise On the Arithmetic of Nicomachus observes p. 47- that certain numbers were called amicable by those who assimilated the virtues and elegant habits to numbers. He adds, that 284 and 220 are numbers of this kind; for the parts of each are generative of each other according to the nature of friendship, as was shown by Pythagoras. For some one asking him what a friend was, he answered, another I (ετεϑος εγω) which is demonstrated to take place in these numbers. [Friendly thus: Each number is equal to the sum of the factors of the other.]