P. T. Barnum

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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.

Phineas Taylor Barnum (5 July 18107 April 1891) was an American showman who is best remembered for his entertaining hoaxes and for founding the circus that eventually became Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Quotes[edit]

I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me.
  • I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me.
    • As quoted in Philip B. Kunhardt, et alm P. T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman (1995), ISBN 0-679-43574-3, p. vi

The Humbugs of the World (1865)[edit]

The Humbugs of the World
  • But however mysterious is nature, however ignorant the doctor, however imperfect the present state of physical science, the patronage and the success of quacks and quackeries are infinitely more wonderful than those of honest and laborious men of science and their careful experiments.

Art of Money Getting (1880)[edit]

Art of Money Getting : Rules for Making Money
  • 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.
    • Ch. 10: "Let hope predominate but be not too visionary"
  • Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.
    • Ch. 17: "Be polite and kind to your customers"
  • The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.
    • Ch. 18: "Be charitable"
  • In fact, as a general thing, money-getters are the benefactors of our race.
    • Ch. 20: "Preserve your integrity"
  • 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.
    • Ch. 20: "Preserve your integrity"


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