8 Quotes To Live By From The Greatest Showman

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First things first, I’m a movie lover, not a movie critic. I go to the movies because I love the entertainment. It’s pretty rare for me to leave the theater thinking I wasted two hours of my time. I love the way movies can whisk you away to another world and forget about the one you live in, just for a little bit. Movies allow me to dream and leave me inspired. Is anyone with me on this?

The Greatest Showman

Seeing Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya in the movie trailers for The Greatest Showman had me giddy with excitement wanting to go see this musical film. When I finally got to the theater a few days after Christmas, I had goosebumps, wanted to clap (like, right in the middle of the movie), and got swept off my feet by the beauty of the film. Not only did Zac Efron steal my heart all over again (High School Musical fan over here!), but the music, choreography, story, and life lessons just left me in awe. I really didn’t know much about P.T. Barnum, but they did an incredible job adding the “Hollywood” into the movie and making his story a grand one.

'The noblest art is that of making others happy.' - P.T. BarnumClick To Tweet


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If you need a reminder that you are in this world with talent and purpose that nobody else has, go see The Greatest Showman. If you need to be reminded to take risks, to pursue your passions, or to just dream again, go see The Greatest Showman. Now.


8 Quotes to Live By

“I Wish For Happiness Like This Forever” – Charity Barnum

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Background: This little quote was at the beginning of the movie right after P.T. Barnum lost his job and returned home to his wife and two daughters. The daughters took turns making wishes on a makeshift gift that P.T. Barnum pulled together for his eldest daughter. When it was Charity’s turn, she simply said, “I wish for happiness likes this forever”. Mind you, she had already left her uber-rich parents to run away with P.T. Barnum, who no longer had a job. But she knew the true meaning of happiness.

Happiness is not having all the money in the world, the best job, or the materialistic stuff. Happiness is being surrounded by people you love and seeing happiness in their hearts. Sharing sweet moments, going through the struggles together, and creating happiness within is the ultimate goal. Heyyyyy, this falls right in place with my biggest mistake from 2017!


“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” – P.T. Barnum

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It was as if Mr. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) was speaking to me, directly. No matter what you do in life, be original. Be real. Stop trying to blend in and make a difference in the world by not being like everyone else! Life feels so much more fulfilling when you’re being your authentic self.


“Comfort, the enemy of progress.” – P.T. Barnum

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Ain’t that the truth! I’ve fallen into the “comfort” box before. You know, when everything is just sweet enough that you don’t want to take any risks or change anything too much because you’re comfortable. In my opinion, that’s a recipe for an unfulfilled life. Don’t settle. Never get too comfortable and always reach for those damn stars.


“A man’s station is only limited by his imagination.” – Jenny Lind

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P.T. Barnum may have quoted this in the movie, too, but I remember Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) toasting this to P.T. Barnum after a successful show among the elite of New York. And it’s so true. Don’t stop dreaming. Let your imagination go wild because you’ll only get as far as your mind lets you.


“I am brave. I am bruised. This is who I’m meant to be. This is me.” – ‘This Is Me’ Song Lyric Performed by Lettie (Keala Settle)

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You know those goosebumps I talked about? With the world we live in, this song lyric was so powerful and beautiful (it also won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song!). The Greatest Showman was truly a “celebration of humanity” and I believe that no one should ever be ashamed of who they are. Stand up proud. Your scars make you unique and your story is unlike any other. Let the world know that your beautiful soul is one of a kind.


“You don’t need everyone to love you, just a few good people.” – Charity Barnum

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Mrs. Barnum spoke this wise comment to her husband as he continued to chase self-satisfaction by being praised by others. This delicate quote filled my heart because it hit close to home. Find your tribe and love them hard. Those few good people will be the ones with you until the very end.



“When you’re careless with other people, you bring ruin upon yourself.” – Jenny Lind

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Instead of spoiling this scene, let’s just talk about the truth behind this statement. If you go through life taking advantage of other people and their feelings, you become the biggest loser. No one is more important than anyone else. Everyone’s time is equally important. Everyone deserves respect. It goes back to the whole, “treat others the way you wish to be treated”. Be kind and good to one-another.


“The show must go on.” – P.T. Barnum

Need I say more? 👏👏 👏

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Bonus Greatest Showman Quotes:

“They don’t understand you, but they will.” – P.T. Barnum to Lettie

“Those smiles aren’t fake. It doesn’t matter where they come from. The joy is real.” – P.T. Barnum to Mr. Bennett

“I never minded the risk, but we always did it together.” – Charity to P.T.

“All I have left is friendship, love, and a work that I adore.” – Phillip Carlyle


Side noteThis post is not about being an advocate for P.T. Barnum or the circus, but about the movie greatness that was created for our enjoyment. I also tried to leave out any spoilers (other than what you may have seen in the movie trailer), but if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor, get lost in the circus world and let yourself dream.


Have you seen The Greatest Showman?! What movie inspires you?

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  • Ashley Stephenson

    I want to see this movie! My sister keeps telling me I need to go ASAP. I heard it is so good!

    • Katherine

      I’ve seen it three times lol I think you’ll love it!

  • Great quotes! My favorite one is “No one ever made a difference by being someone else.” This is so try, maybe I should give this movie a watch.

    • Katherine

      Definitely check this movie out! You’ll certainly leave feeling inspired. 🙂

  • Candy Kage

    Wonderful quotes to remember. We certainly don’t need everyone to love us that is for sure.

    • Katherine

      Oh, that was truly one of my favorite quotes! <3

  • Leigh

    Loved this movie and love these quotes! Definitely words to live by.

    • Katherine

      Glad you feel the same way! 🙂

  • Trish

    I have not seen this movie yet but really want to! I love the quote “Comfort, the enemy of progress.”

    • Katherine

      Ah, me too! The first time I saw the movie I was like “YES!” It was just slipped into the dialogue so effortlessly, but it has such an impact.

  • I LOVED this movie! It got me so hyped about life. I feel like Charity’s quotes always stood out because she just kept trying to ground her husband.

    • Katherine

      Right?! I’ve seen it three times now and I just keep feeling more and more inspired! I loved Charity’s character and her humbleness.

  • Erin Terrell Clarkson

    I’m going to see it this weekend! I can’t wait! I can’t even pick a favorite quote, I love them all so much 🙂

    • Katherine

      ENJOY!!! You’ll probably pick up one a dozen more quotes that you love. My iPhone has over 15 more!

  • Marie Ericson

    I need to see this! “You don’t need everyone to love you, just a few good people.” Great quote!

    • Katherine

      You’ll love it! And I love that quote sooo much!

  • I haven’t seen nor heard about this. I might have to check it out, it sounds amazing!

    • Katherine

      Check out the trailer!! 🙂

  • Stephanie Wheeler Mechtel

    Ahhh I love this so much!! Makes me want to see it again. 🙂 All of these quotes are AMAZING.

    • Katherine

      I finally got Marc-Andre to go with me today! Still loved it just as much the third time around haha. Can’t wait to have it on DVD

  • Larissa Joassaint

    This movie is seriously one the best movies I have ever seen. I am continuously encouraging other people to go watch it, and I think I’m going to go see it again this weekend, maybe. Sure, it definitely sends a message that we’ve already seen or read before somewhere else, but it presents it in such a unique way, I personally think it’s more relatable. I love the quotes you picked from the movie – especially the one about happiness and the one from This is Me! Ah – I could seriously go on and on and on about how amazing this movie is!

    • Katherine

      I saw it again today! It’s truly a little masterpiece in my mind. All of the music and lyrics just tugged at my heart and leave me with such inspiration. So glad you feel the same way about this movie. 🙂

  • Love these quotes! I still haven’t seen the movie but I NEED to!

    • Katherine

      Yes, you’ll love it! I hope you think of this post as you hear each quote in the movie. 😉 haha

  • Katrina Torrijos

    I love this movie so much!! The script is a goldmine of inspirational and motivational quotes! My favorite one was “Comfort, the enemy of progress.” Simple. Straight to the point. All True.

    Awesome post! 😀

    • Yeah that quote really got my heart too! I was like “my word that’s so true! But why must it be?? Lol why can’t progress be comfortable?!?” Lol hahahahaha But it’s true, get too comfortable and have no progress. So it’s a motto to live by!

      • Katherine

        Hahah I totally get what you’re saying! Maybe we get lazy when we’re too comfortable. 😉 But the movie is truly filled with soooo much to love. I think I could have half a dozen different posts about The Greatest Showman haha

      • Katherine

        Lexie, I don’t know why but you’re other comment isn’t showing up on here and I’m so sad I can’t figure it out! But I read it in my email and it gave me legit goosebumps. I LOVED Anne’s and Phillip’s story so much and could do a whole post on it, but you would probably do a million times better than me! I, like you, am so grateful for the world we live in now and for those that took risks to be with the one they loved. I hope we only keep progressing over the years. 🙂

        • awww man! I don’t know why I can’t see the comment either! 🙁 Ahh the wonders of technology but yes! I am so deeply grateful that the world is sooo much better than it was then. We still have a ways to go towards full equality BUT we are sooo much closer to it than we were back then and I’m SO happy-truly grateful that we are. <3 <3 It makes me feel so good and hopeful about how our world will be in 10-20-30-and even 40 years from now!

  • Messy Cutting Board

    “When you’re careless with other people, you bring ruin upon yourself” is by far my favorite! I don’t get out to the movies much but this is on my must see list and after reading your post I want to see it even more!!

    • Katherine

      I almost didn’t put that quote in this, but I’m so glad I did! I hope you get to see this movie in theaters!!

  • Marisa Hernandez

    Love this post. I haven’t seen it yet. But its definitely on my list. It looks sooo good!

    • Katherine

      Hope you get to see it in theaters! And think of this post when you hear the quotes during the movie. 😉

  • I LEGIT CANNOT WAIT to see this movie!! ahh it’s going to be so good! Honestly, I can’t think of any movies that inspire me rn, but that’s because i feel like i’m inspired by all of them in different ways haha i just love movies and tv

    • Katherine

      I thought of you because I know you love movies and tv just as much as I do (maybe more?! lol), and you’re going to love this feel-good, inspirational, musical masterpiece! Seriously though, it’s just an all around great movie!

  • I really need to see this! There’s actually a stage musical called Barnum that I was in a few years ago about his life. While being in that show I was very interested in him and read a couple of biographies. So I have a feeling I’ll enjoy this!

    • Katherine

      That is so cool! I’ve read conflicting stories about Barnum, but at the end of the day, he seemed like a brilliant mind with courage and talent. Hope you love the movie!!

  • I need to see this movie! Its blowing up all over social media. Also Ive heard the songs are great, but the message really resonates. I dont mind a hollywood-fied version!

    • Katherine

      I’ve never listened to a full soundtrack so much! Lol, but yeah it’s just a wonderful feel-good movie! Hope you love it 🙂

  • Sarah Emily

    I have tried to see this move several times now but each time something comes up! I have been listening to the soundtrack nonstop and am in love. These are all such great quotes! Have a great weekend!

    • Katherine

      Ah! You must see it in theaters!! If you love the soundtrack, I know you’ll adore the whole movie. They did an amazing job. 🙂

  • Lenz

    It’s really really a good movie.
    I already watch it a dozen times.
    Just from hearing the song i shed a tears 😭
    (You don’t need the whole world to love you. Just a few good people.)
    I really loveee This quotes from charity 😍

    • Katherine

      I feel ya!! Charity was a wonderful character in this film. I’ve seen it three times and still get goosebumps, too!

  • I did see this movie and I absolutely LOVED it!! My favorite quote was “A man’s station is only limited by his imagination.” I literally wrote it down in the dark cause it was so good. It’s something that I need to remind myself of often because I am very aware that when i dream big, I make it happen and yet I often dream small. Then I wonder why grand things haven’t happened.

    I also was soooo inspired by Charity’s disposition and happiness. I relate sooo much to PT Barnum because I’m constantly chasing happiness and approval and it creates more unhappiness instead. So her attitude, really inspired me to evaluate my why. Like “why” do I want the things I want? What am I REALLY searching for? I had a LOT of journaling inspiration after the movie and it helped me to get super clear on areas of my mindset that I need to work on.

    I also was sooo inspired by Zac and Zendaya’s storyline. My boyfriend is biracial and my brother and sister in law are also in a biracial marriage and my niece and nephew are biracial. I also grew up in the South, amongst a lot of White people. I was constantly the only Black friend and I would have crushes on my White friends but they would reject me and tell me that it was Simply because their parents wouldn’t approve. Watching Zac and Zendaya made me soooooooooo incredibly grateful for how far we’ve come. We STILL have issues in our country in regards to race but back in the time of this movie….what they were doing was actually illegal! Can you believe that? Their love was illegal! It’s insanity. So when I watched them and thought to myself….here are two people….who if you looked at their skeleton…you would not see a difference beyond their gender differences….and yet they cannot legally love one another.
    Even when I saw that her and her brother were considered freaks Simply because they had darker skin…. it hurt me to watch. But it also woke me up to realize that I am so blessed to live at a time where most people don’t see me as a freak because I am Black. And they won’t look at my brother and sister in law and outlaw their marriage or harm my niece and nephew. I felt so grateful for being in 2018 and being permitted to love who I want. AND I feel so grateful that all people fought for equal rights so someone like my boyfriend could even exist because a white woman and black man decided to fall in love and take the hard road to create a Family and my boyfriend is alive because of it. But that wouldn’t have happened if people like Zac and Zendaya’s characters didn’t go against the grain and sacrifice their own safety and acceptance so we could be free to love who we want to today.

    It was just such an amazing movie! Very powerful and i recommend it to everyone!

  • Lauren

    Love these quotes! Definitly need to check this movie out!


    • Katherine

      Hope you love the movie!

  • I admit, the previews for this movie have piqued my interest! Seeing Hugh Jackman in such an unusual role – as compared to anything else I’ve seen him in – is especially intriguing. I always enjoy quotes and I also appreciate your interpretation and application of them. I think I especially like this one: “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” Food for thought!

    • Katherine

      Thank you so much! Hope you get to see the movie because Hugh Jackman is brilliant!! 🙂

  • I’m obsessed with this movie and equally obsessed with this post, Katherine!!!!

    • Katherine

      Thanks, Erica!! <3

  • Aahhh my boyfriend and I are planning to see this movie this week and I am soooo excited! I keep hearing such amazing things about it. But likeeee for not even seeing the movie, these quotes are so awesome!

    • Katherine

      Hahah I hope you LOVE it!!

  • Taylor Smith

    I am actually going to see this movie tomorrow for the THIRD time. I am OBSESSED with this movie. All of these quotes are so true no matter what!

    • Katherine

      I saw it three times too, and I’m contemplating if I’d be crazy to go a fourth time! Haha it’s just so good in the theaters!!! So glad you share the same slight obsession. 😉

  • I LOVE this! I just saw The Greatest Showman and the whole time I was wishing I could whip out my phone and write down all of my favorite quotes… so thank you for doing it for me! You’re the best and I’m a HUGE fan of your blog.

    • Katherine

      Thank you, Coral!!! You seriously just made my day and I’m so happy you felt the same way about The Greatest Showman!!! The second time I went I did exactly that – kept writing everything down in my phone! Haha it’s just such a great movie. I can’t wait for it to be on dvd so I can watch it any time!