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P. T. Barnum quotes

No man has a right to expect to succeed in life unless he understands his business, and nobody can understand his business thoroughly unless he learns it by personal application and experience.

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.

Money is in some respects life's fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.

Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.

Politics and government are certainly among the most important of practical human interests.

As a general thing, I have not 'duped the world' nor attempted to do so... I have generally given people the worth of their money twice told.

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.

The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy.

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.

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.

Every crowd has a silver lining.

Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business. Large stores, gilt signs, flaming advertisements, will all prove unavailing if you or your employees treat your patrons abruptly. The truth is, the more kind and liberal a man is, the more generous will be the patronage bestowed upon him.

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

He who is without a newspaper is cut off from his species.

In the United States, where we have more land than people, it is not at all difficult for persons in good health to make money.

Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.

Medicine is the means by which we poor feeble creatures try to keep from dying or aching.

Science is the pursuit of pure truth, and the systematizing of it.

There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt.

To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.