Top Famous Sayings of P. T. Barnum (The Greatest Showman)


Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman, politician, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus (1871–2017). He was also an author, publisher, and philanthropist, though he said of himself: “I am a showman by profession … and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me”. (wiki)

Here are top favorite quotes of P.T. Barnum

Top Famous Saying of P. T. Barnum (The Greatest Showman)

  • “The noblest art is that of making others happy” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “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.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “If I shoot at the sun, I may hit a star.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “We cannot all see alike, but we can all do good.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “There is no class of people in the world, who have such good memories as creditors.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.” ~ P. T. Barnum

P. T. Barnum Quotes about Publicity

  • “Without publicity a terrible thing happens: nothing.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “No man ever went broke overestimating the ignorance of the American public.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” ~ P. T. Barnum

P. T. Barnum Quotes about Life

  • “You can fool most of the people most of the time.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “There is a fool born every minute” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “Many people are gullible, and we can expect this to continue.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “You know I had rather be laughed at than not to be noticed at all.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “The bigger the humbug, the better people will like it.” ~ P. T. Barnum

P. T. Barnum Quotes about Entrepreneur, Business and Money

  • “Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “You must exercise your caution in laying your plans, but be bold in carrying them out.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “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.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “If you hesitate, some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “When a man is in the right path, he must persevere.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.” ~ P. T. Barnum

P. T. Barnum Quotes about Children

  • “To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.” ~ P. T. Barnum
  • “There is no greater picture than that of 10,000 smiling children. No brighter music than their clear-ringing laughter. That I, with my small amusements, have created such precious art is my life’s proudest achievement.” ~ P. T. Barnum

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