7 Life-Changing Quotes from The Greatest Showman

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.


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.”

Author: Coral Allen

Just a passionate introvert with the desire to help you create a life you love and learn to love yourself for who you are.

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  • This is such a lovely post. I’m so glad you identified all these beautiful quotes! I haven’t seen the movie but these quotes still resonated with me. I especially like what you said about remembering to maintain relationships… I need to remember to do that more often as I’m the one who ends up surfing if I don’t haha.

    • Thank you so much, Amanda! I’m so glad you liked them. I know, I definitely end up suffering when I neglect relationships. It’s hard to maintain them but so worth it. Thanks for stopping by my blog! 😊 I’ll talk to you soon in the Twitter chat haha!

  • This show sounds wonderful! I really need to go see it. Everyone is talking about how great it is. I love these quotes too, great quotes to live by.

  • I haven’t seen the film yet but everyone’s talking about it on social media!
    It sounds very good and really makes me want to go watch it 🙂
    (oh and YAY Little Women!!)

    • Yes, go see it!! It’s a must-see! And yay, another Little Women lover! I feel like not a lot of people know about Little Women but it’s one of the best movies in the whole world (in my opinion). It’s full of so many great messages!

  • Hello! My husband and I just left the theater after seeing The Greatest Showman for the second night in a row!! The quotes and your comments are so powerful. I’m dumbstruck at the lack of attention that the critics , Hollywood and the various award venues have paid to this wonderful and unique production; especially Hugh Jackman and the other performers. I’m a strong introvert but would love nothing more than to memorize the lyrics and be in a full theater with two hundred other people totally abandoned to experiencing the magic of this show… and a show it is, not just a movie. It is every bit as good as Les Miserables and left us with a disappointed feeling that it was over. If people start going in groups like they did for Rocky Horror Picture Show, I’m going; and I’ve never done something like that in my life. THAT’S how inspiring this movie is. I hope each of my children see this and know that their daddy and I see them just as the lyrics of “This Is Me” and to feel that way about themselves; to truly know that they are “glorious”… I hope everyone who sees it will make that belief their mantra. Wouldn’t that kind of love and bravery be a beautiful thing to see? Thanks for your blog. God bless. Angie

    • I loved this movie too and was very surprised to see the ratings from the critics. It may have been due to the embellishment of certain parts of the film, but if they had been rating just the film itself, I believe they would have given it much higher ratings. I want my future children to watch this film, as well. There were so many important messages in it! There are a few movies/books I want my children to read, including: Wonder, The Greatest Showman, Little Women (and actually I can’t think of the rest right now, but maybe I should write a blog post on that!) Hmmm… thanks for inspiring me!

  • Just watched the movie!!! And i feel like it really strucked me!! Im currently 21 and I feel like I dont what im doing with my life right now and I feel like Im stuck also in my job right which by the way I wont stay for long. I just really have to figure out what it is that I want to do with my life.

  • Thank you for this! I love this movie, and have seen it multiple times. I just wanted to clear Jenny Lind’s name a bit…she never fell in love with Barnum. Hollywood created that for the movie. She actually quit because of the way Barnum was marketing her. She didn’t like it. It’s the only thing that drives me crazy about the movie…cause there’s no reason to ruin someone’s reputation.

  • The second quote… what scene is it from? I heard it in the trailer but I’ve watched the movie 3 times now and I can’t seem to find it.