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Ever noticed how many things come in threes — like three-legged stools, three dimensions, three Rs, and three little pigs? Three blind mice, three-ring circuses, and threepenny operas? And what about the three kings, 3D glasses, and three-legged races? Well, here’s a salute to three-point quotations, starting with “Einstein’s Three Rules of Work.”



  • Einstein’s Three Rules of Work: 1) Out of clutter find simplicity; 2) From discord find harmony; 3) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

  • “Every scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before; lastly, they say they always believed it.”

  • “Three outstanding qualities make for success: judgment, industry, health. And the greatest of these is judgment.”

  • “There are three reasons why lawyers are being used more and more in scientific experiments. First, every year there are more of them around. Second, lab assistants don’t get attached to them. And, third, there are some things that rats just won’t do.”

  • “Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don’t work, those that break down, and those that get lost.”

  • “There are three categories of people in industry — the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no idea what happened.”

  • “The three signs of great men are — generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.”

  • “Bear Bryant’s Three Rules for coaching: 1) Surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. 2) Recognize winners. They come In all forms. 3) Have a plan for everything.”

  • “Three things can happen when you put a [foot]ball in the air — and two of them are bad.”

  • “There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge...observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.”

  • “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”