P. T. Barnum Quotes


Money-getters are the benefactors of our race. To them ... are we indebted for our institutions of learning and of art our academies colleges and churches.

No man has a right to expect to succeed in life unless he understands his business and nobody can understand his business thoroughly unless he learns it by personal application and experience.

Whatever you do do it ardently.

The plan of "counting the chickens before they are hatched" is an error of ancient date but it does not seem to improve by age.

Witchcraft is one of the most baseless absurd disgusting and silly of all the humbugs.

As a general thing I have not 'duped the world' nor attempted to do so... I have generally given people the worth of their money twice told.

Never attempt to catch a whale with a minnow.

The desire for wealth is nearly universal and none can say it is not laudable provided the possessor of it accepts its responsibilities and uses it as a friend to humanity.

A penny here and a dollar there placed at interest goes on accumulating and in this way the desired result is attained.

The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.

The noblest art is that of making others happy

Advertising is to a genuine article what manure is to land - it largely increases the product.

Advertising is like learning - a little is a dangerous thing.

The wonders of the ages assembled for your edification education and enjoyment - for a price.

The orthodox faith painted God as a revengeful being and yet people talk about loving such a being.

Medicine is the means by which we poor feeble creatures try to keep from dying or aching.

The possession of a perfect knowledge of your business is an absolute necessity in order to insure success.

No man ever went broke overestimating the ignorance of the American public.

We cannot all see alike but we can all do good.

You must exercise your caution in laying your plans but be bold in carrying them out.

If you hesitate some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.

The truth is the more kind and liberal a man is the more generous will be the patronage bestowed upon him.

Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.

Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature and best suited to his peculiar genius he cannot succeed.

The bigger the humbug the better people will like it.

With the young man starting in business let him understand the value of money by earning it.

Energy and patience in business are two indispensable elements of success.

There is a fool born every minute

There's one born every minute.

I am prouder of my title 'The Children's Friend' than if I were to be called 'The King of the World'.

Politics and government are certainly among the most important of practical human interests.

Money is the excellent slave and a horrible master.

Money is in some respects life's fire: it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.

Fortune always favors the brave and never helps a man who does not help himself.

There's no such thing as bad publicity

Every man's occupation should be beneficial to his fellow-man as well as profitable to himself. All else is vanity and folly.

In fact as a general thing money-getters are the benefactors of our race.

More persons on the whole are humbugged by believing in nothing than by believing too much.

To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling bright-eyed happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.

No profession trade or calling is overcrowded in the upper story.

The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.

Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.

The common man no matter how sharp and tough actually enjoys having the wool pulled over his eyes and makes it easier for the puller.

I would rather hear the pleased laugh of a child over some feature of my exhibition than receive as I did the flattering compliments of the Prince of Wales.

True economy consists in always making the income exceed the outgo.

Many people are gullible and we can expect this to continue.

There is no class of people in the world who have such good memories as creditors.

Every crowd has a silver lining.

Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.

He who is without a newspaper is cut off from his species.

I am indebted to the press of the United States for almost every dollar which I possess...

I don't care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.

Your success depends on what you do yourself with your own means

There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt.

In the United States where we have more land than people it is not at all difficult for persons in good health to make money.

Advertising is like learning - a little is a dangerous thing. If a man has not the pluck to keep on advertising all the money he has already spent is lost.

Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.

Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.

Instead of spending money I earned it.

To forgive heals the wound to forget heals the scar.

A salary was not sufficient for me.

You can fool most of the people most of the time.

If I shoot at the sun I may hit a star.

Without promotion something terrible happens... nothing!

Without publicity a terrible thing happens: nothing.

You know I had rather be laughed at than not to be noticed at allâ?¦

I never liked to work I mean manual work.

Let your motto then always be 'Excelsior' for by living up to it there is no such word as fail.

How were the receipts today in Madison Square Garden ?

I risked much but I made much.

Science is the pursuit of pure truth and the systematizing of it.

I am a showman by profession... and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me.

When a man is in the right path he must persevere.