Mariposa Lily with three petals
A Survey of 3

By Peter Y. Chou

Tiger Flower with three petals

Three Dimensions of Space: Length, Width, Height
Three Periods of Time: Past, Present, Future
Three States of Consciousness: Waking, Dream, Sleep
Three Categories: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
Three Parts of the Atom: Proton, Neutron, Electron
Three States of Matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas
Three Primary Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue
Three Philosophical Numbers: Unity, Duality, Trinity
Three in Platonic Philosophy: Beauty, Truth, Goodness
Three in Egyptian Myth: Isis, Osris, Horus
Three in Christianity: Holy Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit
Three in Buddhism: Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha
Three Greek Gods: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades (Sky, Sea, Underworld)
Three in Hinduism: Trimurti: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (Creator, Preserver, Destroyer)
Three Attributes of Brahman: Sat, Chit, Ananda (Being, Consciousness, Bliss)
Three in Hegelian Philosophy: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis
Three in Freudian Psychology: Ego, Id, Superego
Three in Storytelling: Beginning, Middle, End
Three Parts of Family: Father, Mother, Child
Three Parts of Tree: Root, Trunk, Leaves
Three Rs in Education: Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic
Three in Dante's Commedia: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso
Three Times of Day: Morning, Noon, Evening (Psalms 55.17)
Three Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope, Charity (I Corinthians 13:13)
Three Branches of U.S. Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial
Three Hands on Clock: Hour, Minute, Second
Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, Aramis
Three Wise Men: Melchoir (old man), Balthasar (middle-age), Gaspar (youth)
Three Wise Monkeys: Mizaru (see no evil), Kikazaru (hear no evil), Iwazaru (speaks no evil)
Three Hares: Trinity symbol of three hares sharing three ears (Paderborn Cathedral)
Three Fates (Moirae): Clotho (Spinner), Lachesis (Measurer), Atropos (Cutter)
Three Norse Norns: Uror (Fate), Veroandi (Happening), Skuld (Future)
Three Graces (Charities): Aglaea (Beauty), Euphrosyne (Mirth), Thalia (Good Cheer)
Three Furies (Erinyes): Alecto (the unresting), Megaera (the jealous), Tisiphone (the avenger)
Three Unalienable Rights: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
Tripartite Motto of France: Liberté, égalité, fraternité
Tripartite Motto of Julius Caesar: Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)
Tripartite Motto of Hedonistic Life: Wine, women and song
Three Petals Flower: Mariposa Lily (Calochortus gunnisoni)
Three Petals Flower: Tiger Flower (Tigridia pavonia)
Triple Helix in Collagen: Protein of connective tissue
Three Witches: Three prophetesses in Shakespeare's Macbeth I.1:
    "When shall we three meet again / In thunder, lightning, or in rain?"

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