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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. 

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tricolon

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

A tricolon (pl. tricola) is a sentence with three clearly defined parts (cola) of equal length, usually independent clauses and of increasing power.

Veni, vidi, vici

— (Julius Caesar)
“I came; I saw; I conquered.”

Etymology:

From the Greek, “three” + “unit”

Examples:

  • “I require three things in a man. He must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid.”
    (Dorothy Parker)
  • “You are talking to a man who has laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe.”
    (The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
  • “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
    (Benjamin Franklin)

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

 

"Three removes are as bad as a fire."

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

 

"A little neglect may breed mischief, …for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost."

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

 

"At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment."

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

 

"Fish and visitors smell in three days."

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

 

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

 

"There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money".

Ben Franklin. From the Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens' Manual.

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

 

Three people can keep a secret so long as two of them are dead.