Struggles and Triumphs: Or, Sixty Years' Recollections of P.T. Barnum, Including His Golden Rules for Money-making

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Courier Company, 1889 - Circus - 360 pages
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This is one of the best books I have ever read about making a living.You have to give a lot of credit to a man who has amassed wealth and lost it over and over again but had the courage and tenacity to figure out how to get it back.The best part is that he left his story for us to read. Most are too proud or ashamed to tell about winning an losing. They are willing to tell about winning but leave the reader with the impression that they have done the impossible and never failed. Good on PT Barnum  


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Page 266 - Jock, when ye hae naething else to do, ye may be aye sticking in a tree ; it will be growing, Jock, when ye're sleeping.* My father tauld me sae forty years sin', but I ne'er fand time to mind him.
Page 55 - ... Yankees," pantomime, instrumental music, singing and dancing in great variety, dioramas, panoramas, models of Niagara, Dublin, Paris, and Jerusalem; Hannington's dioramas of the Creation, the Deluge, Fairy Grotto, Storm at Sea; the first English Punch and Judy in this country, Italian...
Page 183 - The reader of a newspaper does not see the first insertion of an ordinary advertisement; the second insertion he sees, but does not read; the third insertion he reads; the fourth insertion, he looks at the price; the fifth insertion, he speaks of it to his wife; the sixth insertion, he is ready to purchase, and the seventh insertion, he purchases.
Page 105 - Thou Cradle of Empire! though wide be the foam That severs the land of my fathers and thee, I hear, from thy bosom, the welcome of home, For Song has a home in the hearts of the Free! And long as thy waters shall gleam in the sun, And long as thy heroes remember their scars, Be the hands of thy children united as one, And Peace shed her light on thy Banner of Stars!
Page 272 - I'll give you half the receipts, which I will guarantee shall be $200,000 per year, for I consider you the best show in America.
Page 63 - THE EGRESS." Seizing his brush he finished the sign in fifteen minutes, and I directed the carpenter to nail it over the door leading to the back stairs. He did so, and as the crowd, after making the entire tour of the establishment, came pouring down the main stairs from the third story, they stopped and looked at the new sign, while some of them read audibly :
Page 55 - As an illustration, one morning a stout, hearty-looking man came into my ticket-office and begged some money. I asked him why he did not work and earn his living? He replied that he could get nothing to do and that he would be glad of any job at a dollar a day. I handed him a quarter of a dollar, told him to go and get his breakfast and return, and I would employ him at light labor at a dollar and a half a day. When he returned I gave him five common bricks. "Now...
Page 55 - go and lay a brick on the sidewalk, at the corner of Broadway and Ann street ; another close by the Museum ; a third diagonally across the way, at the corner of Broadway and Vesey street, by the Astor House ; put down the fourth on the sidewalk, in front of St. Paul's Church, opposite ; then, with the fifth brick in hand, take up a rapid march from one point to the other, making the circuit, exchanging your brick at every point, and say nothing to any one. " What is the object of this ?" inquired...
Page 63 - No one expected to go home till night; the building was overcrowded, and meanwhile hundreds were waiting at the front entrance to get in when they could. In despair I sauntered upon the stage behind the scenes, biting my lips with vexation, when I happened to see the scene-painter at work and a happy thought struck me: "Here...
Page 168 - I never knew a man to succeed by practising this kind of economy. 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 favour of the income.

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