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Warren Buffett
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Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius. But Sir Isaac's talents didn't extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble, explaining later, I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men. If he had not been traumatized by this loss, Sir Isaac might well have gone on to discover the Fourth Law of Motion: For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases. Warren Buffett
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If you want your business to survive for 100 years, you've got to make it through every single day for 100 years. It's not enough to do it 99.9% of the time. Warren Buffett
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Good profits simply are not inconsistent with good behavior. Warren Buffett
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Getting fired can produce a particularly bountiful payday for a CEO. Indeed, he can 'earn' more in that single day, while cleaning out his desk, than an American worker earns in a lifetime of cleaning toilets. Forget the old maxim about nothing succeeding like success: Today, in the executive suite, the all-too-prevalent rule is that nothing succeeds like failure. Warren Buffett
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A pin lies in wait for every bubble. And when the two eventually meet, a new wave of investors learns some very old lessons: First, many in Wall Street (a community in which quality control is not prized) will sell investors anything they will buy. Second, speculation is most dangerous when it looks easiest Warren Buffett
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The fact that people will be full of greed, fear, or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable. Warren Buffett
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Charlie and I decided long ago that in an investment lifetime, it's too hard to make hundreds of smart decisions. That judgment became ever more compelling as Berkshire's capital mushroomed and the universe of investments that could significantly affect our results shrank dramatically. Therefore, we adopted a strategy that required our being smart and not too smart at that, only a very few times. Indeed, we now settle for one good idea a year. Warren Buffett
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Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. Warren Buffett
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When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results. Warren Buffett
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You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong. Warren Buffett
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Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars. Warren Buffett
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Today people who hold cash equivalents feel comfortable. They shouldn't. They have opted for a terrible long-term asset, one that pays virtually nothing and is certain to depreciate in value. Warren Buffett
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We're still in a recession. We're not gonna be out of it for a while, but we will get out. Warren Buffett
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Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. Warren Buffett
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The much-maligned idle rich have received a bad rap: They have maintained their wealth while many There is scarcely an instance of a man who has made a fortune by speculation and kept it. Andrew Carnegie of the energetic rich, aggressive real estate operators, corporate acquirers, oil drillers, etc. have their fortunes disappear. Warren Buffett
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Banking is very good business if you don't do anything dumb. Warren Buffett
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Good big decisions do not take time at all, if they do you are in trouble. Warren Buffett
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When I take a look at a company's annual report, if I don't understand it, they don't want me to understand it. Warren Buffett
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Mr. Market is kind of a drunken psycho. Some days he gets very enthused, some days he gets very depressed. And when he get really enthused you sell to him, and if he gets depressed, you buy from him. There's no moral taint attached to that. Warren Buffett
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Over the years, Charlie [Munger, Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman] and I have observed many accounting -based frauds of staggering size. Few of the perpetrators have been punished; many have not even been censured. It has been far safer to steal large sums with pen than small sums with a gun. Warren Buffett
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What's hot today isn't likely to be hot tomorrow. The stock market reverts to fundamental returns over the long run. Don't follow the herd. Warren Buffett
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The most important thing in terms of your circle of competence is not how large the area of it is, but how well you've defined the perimeter. Warren Buffett
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Of our 49 billion, we haven't moved any to Bitcoin Warren Buffett
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Wall Street makes its money on activity. You make your money on inactivity. Warren Buffett
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Government can't deliver a free lunch to the country as a whole. It can, however, determine who pays for lunch. And last week the Senate handed the bill to the wrong party... the poor and middle class. Warren Buffett
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Continually challenge and be willing to amend your best loved ideas. Warren Buffett
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If book knowledge made great investors, than the librarians would all be rich. Warren Buffett
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Either they're trying to con you or they're trying to con themselves. Warren Buffett
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In a difficult business, no sooner is one problem solved than another surfaces - never is there just one cockroach in the kitchen. Warren Buffett
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John Maynard Keynes essentially said, don't try and figure out what the market is doing. Figure out a business you understand, and concentrate. Warren Buffett
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Investing in a market where people believe in efficiency is like playing bridge with someone who has been told it doesn't do any good to look at the cards. Warren Buffett
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The value of a business is the cash it's going to produce in the future. Warren Buffett
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...I will give you two pieces of advice. Invest as much in yourself as you can; you are your own best asset by far. Then follow your passion; you want to be really excited to get out of bed every morning. Warren Buffett
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I have no idea on timing. It's easier to tell what will happen than when it will happen. I would say that what is going on in terms of trade policy is going to have very important consequences. Warren Buffett
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I would' mind going to jail if I had three cellmates who played bridge Warren Buffett
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Success in investing does' correlate with I.Q. Once you are above the level of 25; once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing. Warren Buffett
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Generally speaking, investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. Anything that improves your own talents; nobody can tax it or take it away from you. They can run up huge deficits and the dollar can become worth far less. You can have all kinds of things happen. But if you"ve got talent yourself, and you"ve maximized your talent, you"ve got a tremendous asset that can return ten-fold. Warren Buffett
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If I taught a class, on my final exam I would take an Internet company and ask, 'How much is this company worth?' Anyone who would answer, I would flunk. Warren Buffett
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Time is the enemy of the poor business and the friend of the great business. If you have a business that's earning 20%-25% on equity, time is your friend. But time is your enemy if your money is in a low return business. Warren Buffett
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An irresistable footnote: in 1971, pension fund managers invested a record 122% of net funds available in equities - at full prices they couldn't buy enough of them. In 1974, after the bottom had fallen out, they committed a then record low of 21% to stocks. Warren Buffett
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We can afford to lose money - even a lot of money. But we can't afford to lose reputation - even a shred of reputation. Warren Buffett
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It's better to build than to buy if you can find the right people. Warren Buffett
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He must never forget Charlie's plea: Tell me where I'm going to die, so I'll never go there. Warren Buffett
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Taking jobs to build up your resume is the same as saving up sex for old age. Warren Buffett
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The active investors will have their returns diminished by a far greater percentage than will their inactive brethren. That means that the passive group - the "know-nothings" - must win. Warren Buffett
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There are a few investment managers, of course, who are very good - though in the short run, it's difficult to determine whether a great record is due to luck or talent. Most advisors, however, are far better at generating high fees than they are at generating high returns. In truth, their core competence is salesmanship. Rather than listen to their siren songs, investors - large and small - should instead read Jack Bogle's The Little Book of Common Sense Investing. Warren Buffett
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Anything can happen anytime in markets. And no advisor, economist, or TV commentator-and definitely not Charlie nor I-can tell you when chaos will occur. Market forecasters will fill your ear but will never fill your wallet. Warren Buffett
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The greatest Enemies of the Equity investor are Expenses and Emotions. Warren Buffett
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The financial calculus that Charlie and I employ would never permit our trading a good night's sleep for a shot at a few extra percentage points of return. I've never believed in risking what my friends and family have and need in order to pursue what they don't have and don't need. Warren Buffett
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I make plenty of mistakes and I'll make plenty more mistakes, too. That's part of the game. You've just got to make sure that the right things overcome the wrong ones. Warren Buffett
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It's quite clear that stocks are cheaper than bonds. I can't imagine anybody having bonds in their portfolio when they can own equities, a diversified group of equities. But people do because they, the lack of confidence. But that's what makes for the attractive prices. If they had their confidence back, they wouldn't be selling at these prices. And believe me, it will come back over time. Warren Buffett
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The one piece of advice I can give you is, do what turns you on. Do something that if you had all the money in the world, you'd still be doing it. You've got to have a reason to jump out of bed in the morning. Warren Buffett
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Part of making good decisions in business is recognizing the poor decisions you've made and why they were poor. I've made lots of mistakes. I'm going to make more. It's the name of the game. You don't want to expect perfection in yourself. You want to strive to do your best. It's too demanding to expect perfection in yourself. Warren Buffett
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The (stock) market is there only as a reference point to see if anybody is offering to do anything foolish. When we invest in stocks, we invest in businesses. Warren Buffett
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You don't need to be an expert in order to achieve satisfactory investment returns. But if you aren't, you must recognize your limitations and follow a course certain to work reasonably well. Keep things simple and don't swing for the fences. Warren Buffett
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Calculate "owner earnings" to get a true reflection of value. Warren Buffett
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Does the business have a consistent operating history? Warren Buffett
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The future is never clear; you pay a very high price in the stock market for a cheery consensus. Uncertainty actually is the friend of the buyer of long-term values. Warren Buffett
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When people talk about cash being king, it's not king if it just sits there and never does anything. Warren Buffett
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People always should know better. People don't get - they don't get smarter about things that get as basic as greed. Warren Buffett
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You can't stand to see your neighbor getting rich. You know you're smarter than he is and he's doing these things and he's getting rich. Warren Buffett
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The 19th century belonged to England, the 20th century belonged to the U.S., and the 21st century belongs to China. Invest accordingly. Warren Buffett
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Diversification may preserve wealth, but concentration builds wealth. Warren Buffett
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Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving. Warren Buffett
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There is no perfect mathematical formula for pricing a business. Warren Buffett
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It's good to learn from your mistakes. It's better to learn from other people's mistakes. Warren Buffett
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Read Ben Graham and Phil Fisher read annual reports, but don't do equations with Greek letters in them. Warren Buffett
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Never give up searching for the job that you're passionate about. Warren Buffett
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How do you beat Bobby Fischer? You play him at any game but chess. I try to stay in games where I have an edge. Warren Buffett
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I think I could make you fifty percent a year on one million dollars. No, I know I could. I guarantee that. Warren Buffett
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