Circus Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old circus quotes, circus sayings, and circus proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.     

Kin Hubbard

I have become rather like King Midas, except that everything turns not into gold but into a circus.     

Albert Einstein

Something about the circus stirs their souls, and they ache for it when it is absent.     

Erin Morgenstern

If you can't ride two horses at once, you shouldn't be in the circus.     

James Maxton

The circus comes as close to being the world in microcosm as anything I know. In a way, it puts all the rest of show business in the shade.     

E. B. White

Circus a place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool.     

Ambrose Bierce

Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt.     


Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.     

Erica Jong

A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.     

H. L. Mencken

A circus is like a mother in whom one can confide and who rewards and punishes.     

Burt Lancaster

Two things only the people actually desire. Bread and circuses.     


Politicians were like talking dogs in a circus. The fact that they existed was uncommonly interesting, but no sane person would actually believe what they said.     

Alan Furst

Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.     

Ben Hecht

Nobody should try to play comedy unless they have a circus going on inside.     

Ernst Lubitsch

In a world full of lions and tigers entertaining the masses, have you ever seen a wolf performing in a circus?     

Akilnathan Logeswaran

The circus is the only fun you can buy that is good for you.     

Ernest Hemingway

All I say is, if you cannot ride two horses you have no right in the circus.One day the good times had to keep on rolling, and all of life's horseshit would turn to circuses.     

Christopher Moore

If you surround yourself with clowns, don't be surprised when your life resembles a circus.     

Steve Maraboli

Life is a circus ring, with some moments more spectacular than others.     

Janusz Korczak

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.     

Erin Morgenstern

Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town.     

George Carlin

Nothing is what one thinks it is. Cloth is stone and circus is an art. There are no certainties.     

Walter Moers

Despair is the constant companion of the clown.     

Angela Carter

For a long time, I debated about whether I would make movies or join the circus and work as a clown.     

Denis Lavant

The circus itself is my personal ideal entertainment venue.     

Erin Morgenstern