There have been very few movies where I’ve felt the need to cry and clap with happiness during the whole thing, but The Greatest Showman definitely made the list. Not only was it full of inspiring messages of chasing dreams and accepting people for who they are, it was also so incredibly well done that I felt the need to watch it AGAIN right after I left the theater. Listening to the soundtrack on repeat will have to do for now, since I can’t afford to go see it 10 times in the theaters like I’ve heard some people are doing 😉
It captured my attention from the very first scene and held onto it until the very last. And yes, I’ve heard that P.T. Barnum wasn’t properly portrayed in the flick (that he was even more of a jerk than they portrayed him to be), but to be honest, I didn’t like him much anyways. I did appreciate some of the comments he made in the movie, but I was much more a fan of his wife, his children, and the rest of the cast (besides Jenny Lind). That being said, it was still a beautifully well-done movie that had me in complete awe!
As my friend over at The Weekend Fox stated, 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 passions, and dream. If you’re in need of a positive boost in your life that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to tackle the world, I highly suggest you watch The Greatest Showman!
During the movie, I desperately wished I could ignore theater etiquette and whip out my phone to jot down all of the powerful quotes I was hearing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t brave enough to go against the status quo, but I did find some wonderful quotes online that I’d love to share with you. If you did have the guts to pull out your phone (or you’ve seen the movie 10 times and remember some of the lines), than I’d love for you to leave your favorites in the comments below so that I can add them to this post.
7 LIFE-CHANGING QUOTES FROM THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
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. This reminded me of another one of my favorite quotes from my all-time favorite movie, Little Women, when Amy states, “You don’t need scores of suitors. You only need one, if he’s the right one.”
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.
It felt as though P.T Barnum was speaking directly to me as he spoke these words. I often have trouble doing what I know is right for fear of disappointing people by being “different” than what they want me to be. 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 is another quote that just about had me up and out of my seat clapping (maybe if I’d been following the advice from point #2, I’d have actually done it!) This quote encourages me to never suppress my dreams because of fear of failure. I have big dreams, hence my blog name, “The Determined Dreamer,” but I sometimes force myself to reign in my dreams and be more “realistic.” Of course, it’s good to be realistic, but it’s also good to chase those wild dreams that might seem impossible. 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. This is a great reminder for me, as I’m sometimes careless with people’s feelings.
One way I’m careless is by failing to maintain relationships. I’m such an introvert that it’s rare for me to reach out to the people I love (or even call/text them back.) This has brought ruin upon me in the form of lost relationships, guilt about not doing enough for the people I love, and regret. I know I’ve got to cut myself a little slack for it, but ultimately, Jenny Lind’s 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
Ain’t that the truth! Although, in my opinion, this was a little hypocritical of P.T. Barnum to say since he made his own family miserable there for awhile… and his family should be one of his very TOP priorities. But I do agree with the general statement. 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
Oh, how I love Charity Barnum! She’s 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.”
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.”
It took years for certain people to abhor slavery and years for those same “stuck in their ways” kind of people to realize that blacks and women should have the same rights as whites and men. Many of those same type of people are currently trying to resist other changes that will make the world a better and more accepting place. Fortunately, the world is also full of wonderfully brave people who are continuing to fight for equality. To the people who are resisting in the same ways they’ve done so in the past, all we can do is stand up and say, “The world is changing, and I refuse to be a part of yours.”