P. T. Barnum Quotes

Who is P. T. Barnum?

Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman, businessman, and politician.

Born July 05, 1810
Died April 07, 1891

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“Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.”

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“Comfort is the enemy of progress.”

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

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“Every crowd has a silver lining.”

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“Exposing an illusion is not the same as revealing a truth.”

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

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

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

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“I never liked to work, I mean manual work.”

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“I risked much, but I made much.”

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“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.”

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“If I shoot at the sun, I may hit a star.”

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“Instead of spending money, I earned it.”

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

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“Never attempt to catch a whale with a minnow.”

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

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“The love of a mother is never exhausted. It never changes - it never tires - it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute. In the face of the world's condemnation, a mother's love still lives on.”


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“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”

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“Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.”

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“The noblest of arts is making others happy.”

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“There's a sucker born every minute.”

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“There's no such thing as bad publicity.”

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“To forgive heals the wound, to forget heals the scar.”

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“A penny here, and a dollar there, placed at interest, goes on accumulating, and in this way the desired result is attained. It requires some training, perhaps, to accomplish this economy, but when once used to it, you will find there is more satisfaction in rational saving than in irrational spending.”

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“Advertising is like learning – a little is a dangerous thing.”

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“Be cautious and bold.”

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“Constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man's undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain was occupied by a dozen different subjects at once.”

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“Engage in one kind of business only, and stick to it faithfully until you succeed, or until you conclude to abandon it. A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched.”

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The Art of Money Getting

“Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may have something tangible to fall back upon. This provision might save many persons from misery, who by some unexpected turn of fortune have lost all their means.”

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

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“Go in confidence, study the rules, and above all things, study human nature for the proper study of mankind is man and you will find that while expanding the intellect and the muscles your enlarged experience will enable you to every day accumulate more and more principle which will increase itself by interest and otherwise until you arrive at a state of independence. ”

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“Think as you like but behave like others. If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.”

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