How were the receipts today in Madison Square Garden ?— P. T. Barnum
The most colossal P. T. Barnum quotes that are glad to read
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.
Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.
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.
The noblest art is that of making others happy.
When a man is in the right path, he must persevere.
A lovely nook of forest scenery, or a grand rock, like a beautiful woman, depends for much of its attractiveness upon the attendance sense of freedom from whatever is low; upon a sense of purity and of romance.
To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children;
no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.
There's no such thing as bad publicity.
Many people are gullible, and we can expect this to continue.
We cannot all see alike, but we can all do good.
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.
Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.
There is no class of people in the world, who have such good memories as creditors.
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.
Your success depends on what you do yourself, with your own means
The truth is, the more kind and liberal a man is, the more generous will be the patronage bestowed upon him.
You must exercise your caution in laying your plans, but be bold in carrying them out.
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.
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.
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.
The wonders of the ages assembled for your edification, education and enjoyment - for a price.
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.
In fact, as a general thing, money-getters are the benefactors of our race.
A penny here, and a dollar there, placed at interest, goes on accumulating, and in this way the desired result is attained.
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.
Many persons are always kept poor, because they are too visionary.
Every project looks to them like certain successes, and therefore they keep changing from one business to another, always in hot water, always ‘under the harrow’.
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.
True economy consists in always making the income exceed the outgo.
Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.
True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go.
Wear the old clothes a little longer if necessary; dispense with the new pair of gloves; mend the old dress: live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of the income.
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.
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.
There is no such thing in the world as luck.
There never was a man who could go out in the morning and find a purse full of gold in the street to-day, and another to-morrow, and so on, day after day: He may do so once in his life; but so far as mere luck is concerned, he is as liable to lose it as to find it.
Advertising is to a genuine article what manure is to land, - it largely increases the product.
Money is in some respects life's fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.
Never attempt to catch a whale with a minnow.
Instead of spending money, I earned it.
Witchcraft is one of the most baseless, absurd, disgusting and silly of all the humbugs.
Without publicity a terrible thing happens: nothing.
Small does of advertising result in nothing, obviously.
It's like giving a sick person half the medicine he needs. It just causes more suffering. Give the whole dose, and the cure will be certain and decisive.
You can fool most of the people most of the time.
No man ever went broke overestimating the ignorance of the American public.
Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.
The noblest art is that of making others happy
The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.
I think it is conceded that I generally do pretty big things as a manager, am audacious in my outlays and risks, give much for little money, and make my shows worthy the support of the moral and refined classes.
He who is without a newspaper is cut off from his species.
No profession, trade, or calling, is overcrowded in the upper story.
If you hesitate, some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.