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A collection of quotes and thoughts by P. T. Barnum on wealth, business, development, advertising, life, money, work, marketing, art, sales, truth, success and happiness.

16 Inspiring Quotes By P. T. Barnum That Can Become Your Success Mantra

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05 July 1810 AD

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07 April 1891 AD

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Bethel

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80

P.T. Barnum was an American businessman, showman, author and politician, who is particularly well-known for being the promoter of curious sideshows made up of hoaxes. Barnum started off his career as a store manager while he was still a teenager and even at that age, he was known to employ underhanded tactics in order to make sure that a sale went through. He also became involved in the lottery craze and managed a state wide lottery network in Connecticut. However, it was as a promoter of distinguished hoaxes that he became famous. He operated ‘Barnum’s Grand Scientific And Musical Theatre’ for some years before purchasing ‘Scudder’s American Museum’ in New York and turned it into the ‘Barnum American Museum’. Barnum was a smooth talker and persuasive writer. He expressed his views and thoughts through his writings that revolved around subjects like money and business. His legacy still lives through his work, shows, thoughts and writings which are often quoted by people from all walks of life. His book titled ‘The Golden Rules of Making Money’, ‘Art of Getting Money’ and his autobiography ‘Life of P.T Barnum’ has inspired many audacious entrepreneurs. Following is a collection of quotes and sayings by P. T. Barnum on life, business, marketing, promotional, money, greed and enterprise. 

I will loose my camel, and trust it to God!" "No, no, not so," said the prophet, "tie thy camel, and trust it to God!

- The Art of Money Getting; Or, P. T. Barnum

The foundation of success in life is good health:

- The Art of Money Getting; Or, P. T. Barnum

Be cautious and bold.

- The Art of Money Getting; Or, P. T. Barnum

Remember the proverb of Solomon: "He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

- Art of Money Getting Or, P. T. Barnum

The great ambition should be to excel all others engaged in the same occupation.

- Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Getting Money, P. T. Barnum

Young men starting in life should avoid running into debt.

- The Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Making Money, P. T. Barnum

Advertising is to a genuine article what manure is to land, - it largely increases the product.

- The Humbugs of the World, P. T. Barnum

Dr. Franklin says "it is the eyes of others and not our own eyes which ruin us. If all the world were blind except myself I should not care for fine clothes or furniture.

- The Art of Money Getting; Or, P. T. Barnum

The possession of a perfect knowledge of your business is an absolute necessity in order to insure success.

- Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Getting Money, P. T. Barnum

The safest plan, and the one most sure of success for the young man starting in life, is to select the vocation which is most congenial to his tastes.

- The Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Making Money, P. T. Barnum

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.

- The Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Making Money, P. T. Barnum

Let your motto then always be 'Excelsior', for by living up to it there is no such word as fail.

- The Art of Money Getting, P. T. Barnum

There's a sucker born every minute.

- P. T. Barnum

Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed.

- P. T. Barnum

The noblest art is that of making others happy

- P. T. Barnum

Nobody ever lost a dollar by underestimating the taste of the American public.

- P. T. Barnum