Lists of Three

The number three is found pervasively in writing. Some of our greatest stories, fairy tales, and myths include threes.

  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Secret, Book, and Scone Society
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Rule of Three in writing suggests that three events or characters are more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers.

  • Three Stooges
  • Three witches in Macbeth
  • Three ghosts visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Some of the most famous quotes throughout history are structured in threes.

  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
  • Friends, Romans, Countrymen
  • Duty. Honor. Country.

Apparently info sticks better in our heads when in threes. (Although seven likes to give three a run: seven wonders of the world, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, seven digits in a phone number.) But I digress.

So I got to thinking about threes and decided to share my three of my favorites (in no particular order) in some random categories.

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