P. T. Barnum
Phineas Taylor Barnum (5 July 1810 – 7 April 1891) was an American showman who is best remembered for his entertaining hoaxes and for founding the circus that eventually became Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
- 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)
- 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)
- Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.
- 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.
- Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.
- The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.
- In fact, as a general thing, money-getters are the benefactors of our race.
- 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.