The Humbugs of the World

The Humbugs of the World

by P. T. Barnum
     
 

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A little reflection will show that humbug is an astonishingly wide-spread phenomenon-in fact almost universal. And this is true, although we exclude crimes and arrant swindles from the definition of it, according to the somewhat careful explanation which is given in the beginning of the chapter succeeding this one.
I apprehend that there is no sort of object which…  See more details below

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A little reflection will show that humbug is an astonishingly wide-spread phenomenon-in fact almost universal. And this is true, although we exclude crimes and arrant swindles from the definition of it, according to the somewhat careful explanation which is given in the beginning of the chapter succeeding this one.
I apprehend that there is no sort of object which men seek to attain, whether secular, moral or religious, in which humbug is not very often an instrumentality. Religion is and has ever been a chief chapter of human life. False religions are the only ones known to two thirds of the human race, even now, after nineteen centuries of Christianity; and false religions are perhaps the most monstrous, complicated and thorough-going specimens of humbug that can be found. And even within the pale of Christianity, how unbroken has been the succession of impostors, hypocrites and pre[12]tenders, male and female, of every possible variety of age, sex, doctrine and discipline!

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ISBN-13:
9781494715809
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/17/2013
Pages:
92
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.19(d)

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