There are 3 things...

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.”



  • “There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.”

  • “There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, ‘Anywhere but here.’ ”

  • “A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.”

  • “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” [Goldfinger, 1959]

  • “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”

  • “There are three ways to get something done—do it yourself, hire someone to do it, or ask your kids not to do it.”

  • “There are three questions which in life we have over and over again to answer: is it right or wrong? is it true or false? is it beautiful or ugly? Our education ought to help us to answer these questions.”

  • “There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first is excellent, the second good, and the third useless.”

  • “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

  • “There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third.”

  • “There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning, and yearning.”