Money Getting, Part XXIII

William Walsh
December 4, 2010
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A Verse Digest of P. T. Barnum’s The Art of Money Getting (1880)


it is more precious than diamonds or rubies

old miser said to his sons:

get money
get it honestly
if you can
but get money

poor fool

our prisons are full of men who
attempted to follow this advice

no man can be dishonest
without soon being found out

the public very properly shun
all whose integrity is doubted

no matter how polite and pleasant
none of us dare to deal with a man
if we suspect false weights and measures

strict honesty lies at the foundation of all success
a man known to be strictly honest may be ever poor
but he has the purses of all the community

the maxim of Franklin
can never fail to be true:
honesty is the best policy

the history of money-getting is commerce

wherever trade has flourished most
art and science produced the noblest fruits

money-getters are the benefactors of our race
to them are we indebted for our institutions

sometimes misers hoard money for the sake of hoarding
and grasp everything which comes within their reach

as we have hypocrites in religion and demagogues in politics
so there are occasionally misers among money-getters

these however are exceptions to the rule

remember that in America
we have no laws of primogeniture
and in the due course of nature
hoarded dust will be scattered
for the benefit of mankind

to all men and women
do I conscientiously say
make money honestly
and not otherwise

for Shakespeare truly said:

he that wants money, means, and content
is without three good friends

Money Getting Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX, Part X, Part XI, Part XII, Part XIII, Part XIV, Part XV, Part XVI, Part XVII, Part XVIII, Part XIX, Part XX, Part XXI, Part XXII

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