Money Getting, Part III

A Verse Digest of P. T. Barnum’s The Art of Money Getting (1880)


we lived with much
more real comfort
with much less care

a most unexampled tide of prosperity

the foundation of success in life is good health
that is the substratum of fortune, the basis of happiness

there are those who have bad health and cannot help it
there are a great many in poor health who need not be so

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

closer we keep to the laws of nature
nearer we are to good health

yet many persons pay
no attention to natural laws
absolutely transgress them

the sin of ignorance is never
winked at in regard to the
violation of nature’s laws

infraction always brings penalty
repentance will not stop the smart

many persons violate the laws of nature for the sake of fashion

nothing living except a worm ever naturally loved tobacco
yet how many persons deliberately train an unnatural appetite
and overcome aversion for tobacco, a poisonous, filthy weed

married men run about spitting tobacco juice on carpet and floors

this artificial appetite grows by what it feeds on

old proverb says: habit is second nature
but artificial habit is stronger than nature

an old tobacco-chewer
his love for the quid
is stronger than
his love for food

he can give up roast beef easier than he can give up the weed

young lads go to bed boys and wake up men
take a match and light it, and then puff away

the tobacco-chewer gets up, puts a quid
in his mouth and keeps it there all day

apples and pears and peaches and apricots
there is nothing more delicious nor more
healthy than ripe fruit, so help yourself
he will roll the dear quid under his tongue
no thank you, I have got tobacco in my mouth
his palate has become narcotized by the
noxious weed and he has lost the taste for fruits

I have smoked until I trembled like an aspen leaf
blood rushed to my head, a palpitation of the heart

these remarks apply tenfold to intoxicating drinks
to make money requires a clear brain
reflection and forethought and reason

if the brain is muddled, warped by intoxicating drinks
it is impossible to carry on business successfully

many good opportunities have passed
while a man was sipping a social glass
many foolish bargains have been made
under the influence of the nervine
many important chances have been put off
because the wine cup has thrown the system

wine is a mocker, an unmitigated evil
the parent of every evil in our country

Money Getting, Part I, Part II

Money Getting is a verse digest of P.T. Barnum’s The Art of Money Getting (1880)