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 three roads to ruin; women, gambling, and technicians. The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling, but the surest is with technicians.”

  • “All mankind is divided into three classes: Those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”

  • “Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts — the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art.”

  • “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”

  • “Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed; in the second it is opposed; in the third it is regarded as self-evident.”

  • “There are three things I always forget: Names, faces — the third I can’t remember.”

  • “To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think—spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that’s a heck of a day.”

  • “There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can’t stand Picasso, those who can’t stand Raphael, and those who’ve never heard of either of them.”

  • “Turn yourself not away from three best things: Good Thought, Good Word, and Good Deed.”