P. T. Barnum

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P.T. 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.


  • Every crowd has a silver lining.
  • No one went broke underestimating public taste.
  • I don't care what they say about me, just make sure they spell my name right!
  • How are the ticket sales in Madison Square Garden?
    • Alleged final words
  • You can fool some of the people all of the time; you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can never fool all of the people all of the time.
  • We have something for everybody.

The following quote is very popularly misattributed to P.T. Barnum:

  • There is a sucker born every minute.
  • "To the Egress" (a deceptive sign used to reduce crowding)

The following quote was not Barnum but H. L. Mencken:

  • Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people

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