Back in college, Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum was the creator of the phrase, “There’s a sucker born every minute”.
He was a master of manipulation according to my public relations professor – Mr. Roel S. Ramirez.
Barnum would use the press to attract customers through false advertising but in the movie ‘The Greatest Showman’, a tenacious side of the PR guru was shown.
A zealous dreamer and a loving family man portrayed beautifully by Hugh Jackman.
This film was filled with life lessons that will give anyone and everyone the much needed reminder that “you’re in this world with talent and purpose that nobody else has” and that it’s worth it to take risks, pursue your passion, and dream.
Here are my favorite seven (7) life-changing quotes from the movie compiled by the determined dreamer blog:
1. “You don’t need everyone to love you, just a few good people.” -Charity Barnum
Charity is, by far, my favorite character in the movie. She’s extremely supportive of her husband but also knows how to stick up for herself and say the hard things to him that he needs to hear. When he’s at the height of his chase for praise and recognition, she wisely (and kindly) reminds him that he doesn’t need everyone to love him. He just needs a few good people.
2. “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” – P.T. Barnum
The people who have made the most difference in the world have been the ones who have dared to be different, despite being told to conform. Think of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi, and George Orwell. Their progressive acts that went against the culture of their day are the reasons why nations have improved for the better.
The message I took from this is to be my authentic self. There’s no way I’m going to make any difference in the world if I’m not authentic to who I am and what I know is right, even if that means disappointing some people.
3. “Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.” – P.T. Barnum
This quote encourages me to never suppress my dreams because of fear of failure. The people who dare to dream big are the ones who accomplish what seems impossible.
So, be a dreamer. Be a doer. Never be so fearful of failure that you don’t allow yourself the privilege to dream big and accomplish your goals.
4. “When you’re careless with other people, you bring ruin upon yourself.” – Jenny Lind
I have a thing against Jenny Lind. In fact, I have a thing against anyone who knows someone is in a committed relationship but continues to disrespect the relationship. I’m in no way saying that P.T. Barnum shouldn’t have taken a step back (and definitely not traveled alone with this woman!), but I don’t have much respect for her either.
That being said, she definitely had a point when she said that being careless with other people brings ruin upon yourself. I so badly wanted P.T. Barnum to genuinely care about the people he’d hired to be in his show, but unfortunately, at first, he was just using them. He was being careless with them and their feelings, which eventually led to his downfall.
The quote was an important reminder to take time to show the people I love that I genuinely care about them.
5. “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” – P.T. Barnum
Making others happy (which should involve fighting for equality, protecting children, and creating other meaningful changes) truly is the noblest art there is!
6. “I wish for happiness like this forever.” – Charity Barnum
Charity Barnum was a true example of being happy with what you have. She grew up in a wealthy home, so she could have easily longed for the finer things in life. Instead, she was grateful for the things that mattered most – her husband and children.
At the beginning of the film, each family member was sharing a wish on the makeshift gift P.T. Barnum had brought home for his eldest daughter’s birthday. Even after P.T Barnum had lost his job and things seemed to be crumbling apart, Charity’s only wish was, “for happiness like this forever.” She knew the true meaning of happiness.
7. “Father, the world is changing, and I refuse to be a part of yours.” – Phillip Carlyle
I hear things about the world being a horrible place full of evil, but I can’t help but think that most of the evil in the world is done by those who are resisting the positive changes that are being made. The Greatest Showman shines a light on a problem that’s still present today: inequality. When Phillip’s father says, “Have you any shame?” after seeing him with Anne (Phillip’s father disliked that she was a colored girl), Phillip (Zac Effron) courageously states, “Father, the world is changing, and I refuse to be a part of yours.”