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The noblest art is that of making others happy.

- P. T. Barnum

Phillip Carlyle: I own 10% of the show. Knowing who I was working for... I had the good sense to take my cut weekly.

P. T. Barnum: Phillip, I can't let you gamble it on me. I...

Anne Wheeler: Sure you can.

Lettie Lutz: Don't turn sensible on us now.

Phillip Carlyle: Partners. 50-50.

P. T. Barnum: Partners.

P. T. Barnum: I brought hardship on you and our family. You warned me... and I wouldn't listen. I just... I wanted to be more than I was.

Charity Barnum: I never wanted anything but the man I fell in love with.

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P. T. Barnum:

I drank champagne with kings and queens

The politicians praised my name

But those are someone else's dreams

The pitfalls of the man I became

For years and years

I chased their cheers

The crazy speed of always needing more

But when I stop

And see you here

I remember who all this was for

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P. T. Barnum:

A man learns who is there for him

When the glitter fades and the walls won't hold

'Cause from then, rubble

What remains

Can only be what's true

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P. T. Barnum: Folks, if you've come to get paid, the money is gone. All of it. Nothing left to give you.

Lettie Lutz: Shut up, Barnum. You just don't get it. Our own mothers were ashamed of us. Hid us our whole lives. Then you pull us out of the shadows. And now you're giving up on us, too. Maybe you are a fraud. Maybe it was just about making a buck. But you gave us a real family.

W. D. Wheeler: And the circus... that was our home. We want our home back.

Jenny Lind: When you're careless with other people, Mr. Barnum... you bring ruin upon yourself.

P. T. Barnum: I have risked everything.

Jenny Lind: Well, so did I. And it seems we both lost.

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P. T. Barnum: You don't understand. How could you? My father was treated like dirt. I was treated like dirt, and my children will not be.

Charity Barnum: You don't need everyone to love you, Phin. Just a few good people.

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Jenny Lind: May I ask you something, Mr. Barnum?

P. T. Barnum: Anything.

Jenny Lind: Why me?

P. T. Barnum: People come to my show for the pleasure of being hoodwinked. Just once, I'd love to give them something real.

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Phillip Carlyle: Sir, it looks like you have yourself a junior partner.

P. T. Barnum: What I have is an overcompensated apprentice.

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P. T. Barnum:

Now is this really how you like to spend your days?

Whiskey and misery, and parties and plays

Phillip Carlyle:

If I were mixed up with you, I'd be the talk of the town

Disgraced and disowned, another one of the clowns

P. T. Barnum:

But you would finally live a little, finally laugh a little

Just let me give you the freedom to dream and it'll

Wake you up and cure your aching

Take your walls and start 'em breaking

Now that's a deal that seems worth taking

But I guess I'll leave that up to you

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P. T. Barnum (to Phillip):

I can cut you free

Out of the drudgery and walls you keep in

So trade that typical for something colorful

And if it's crazy, live a little crazy

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