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Art of Money Getting

P. T. Barnum

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Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman, businessman, and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. His successes may have made him the first "show business" millionaire. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me," and his personal aims were "to put money in his own coffers".

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .If, then, sound health is the foundation of success and happiness in life, how important it is that we should study the laws of health, which is but another expression for the laws of nature! The nearer we keep to the laws of nature, the nearer we are to good health, and yet how many persons there are who pay no attention to natural laws, but absolutely transgress them, even against their own natural inclination. We ought to know that the "sin of ignorance" is never winked at in regard to the violation of nature's laws; their infraction always brings the penalty. A child may thrust its finger into the flames without knowing it will burn, and so suffers, repentance, even, will not stop the smart. Many of our ancestors knew very little about the principle of ventilation. They did not know much about oxygen, whatever other "gin" they might have been acquainted with; and consequently they built their houses with little seven-by-nine feet bedrooms, and these good old pious Puri. . . Read More

Community Reviews

short book that contains universal and timeless principles of making money.

I like this part the most:

"Engage in one kind of business only, and stick to it faithfully until you succeed, or until your experience shows that you should abandon it. A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive...more

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

Solid financial, business, and life advice.

I think the only negative critique I have of Barnum's book is simply that he somewhat dismisses the possibility of being in poverty (or at least not wealthy) merely out of happenstance. Barnum seems to believe that practicing good wisdom with money and b...more

a 100+ year old book on money making, still relevant as ever and nice to see it's full of encouraging positive morals and integrity while doing so.

A very quick read, and one that although it is from over 100 years ago... it still holds true. there is a lot of sage wisdom contained in this book - especially with pertaining to debt and why you shouldnt get yourself into it. it almost makes the book shine, given the current debt situation we f...more

Target audience: General public, people of all ages, except children.

About the author: Phineas Taylor Barnum was born on July 1810 in Bethel, Connecticut. He is an American writer and publisher. He was widely known as a philanthropist and a politician. At the age of 12, he displayed passionate ab...more

Lovely book for a quick boost.
I Enjoyed listening to the golden rules while ironing!

Plain talk and practical advice on securing capital, promissory notes, and a reliable team. Not one mention of his circus empire or political career.

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“It is the eyes of others and not our own eyes that ruin us. If all the world were blind except myself I should not care for fine clo...more

A college class introduced P.T. Barnum, America's Greatest Showman, to me and it was fun to discover that he had written this quaint little book with suggestions on how to make money. "Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business." Despite the age of this book, that and...more

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