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Warren Buffett
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When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results. Warren Buffett

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

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

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

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

We're still in a recession. We're not gonna be out of it for a while, but we will get out. Warren Buffett

Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. Warren Buffett

The Stock Market is designed to transfer money from the Active to the Patient. Warren Buffett

The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money. Warren Buffett

Great investment opportunities come around when excellent companies are surrounded by unusual circumstances that cause the stock to be misappraised. Warren Buffett

Sound investing can make you very wealthy if you're not in too big a hurry Warren Buffett

Take the probability of loss times the amount of possible loss from the probability of gain times the amount of possible gain. That is what we're trying to do. It's imperfect, but that's what it's all about. Warren Buffett

Credit worthiness is like virginity, it can be preserved but not restored very easily, so it is crazy to play around with it. Warren Buffett

Whatever you like to do, make it a hobby and whatever the world likes to do, make it a business. Warren Buffett

Investment students need only two well-taught courses - How to Value a Business and How to Think About Market Prices Warren Buffett

If you can't communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you're giving up your potential. Warren Buffett

The approach and strategies are very similar in that you gather all the information you can and then keep adding to that base of information as things develop. You do whatever the probabilities indicated based on the knowledge that you have at that time, but you are always willing to modify your behaviour or your approach as you get new information. In bridge, you behave in a way that gets the best from your partner. And in business, you behave in the way that gets the best from your managers and your employees. Warren Buffett

The best way in my view is to just buy a low-cost index fund and keep buying it regularly over time, because you'll be buying into a wonderful industry, which in effect is all of American industry... People ought to sit back and relax and keep accumulating over time. Warren Buffett

Charlie and I have a number of filters that things have to get through before we'll think about them. Warren Buffett

We would do best in a market where everyone acted foolishly. Warren Buffett

Personally, I really hope I can treat everyone equally. I think I have done a pretty good job so far but I know I can do it better. Warren Buffett

There is nothing like writing to force you to think and get your thoughts straight. Warren Buffett

I'm the luckiest guy in the world in terms of what I do for a living. No one can tell me to do things I don't believe in or things I think are stupid. Warren Buffett

I don't want to be on the other side of the table from the customer. I was never selling anything that I didn't believe in myself or use myself. Warren Buffett

Paradoxically, when 'dumb' money acknowledges its limitations, it ceases to be dumb. Warren Buffett

You could take all the gold that's ever been mined, and it would fill a cube 67 feet in each direction. For what that's worth at current gold prices, you could buy all - not some - all of the farmland in the United States. Plus, you could buy 10 Exxon Mobils, plus have $1 trillion of walking-around money. Or you could have a big cube of metal. Which would you take? Which is going to produce more value? Warren Buffett

We believe that according the name 'investors' to institutions that trade actively is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a 'romantic. Warren Buffett

The worst sort of business is one that grows rapidly, requires significant capital to engender the growth, and then earns little or no money. Think airlines. Here a durable competitive advantage has proven elusive ever since the days of the Wright Brothers. Indeed, if a farsighted capitalist had been present at Kitty Hawk, he would have done his successors a huge favor by shooting Orville down. Warren Buffett

Too often, executive compensation in the U.S. is ridiculously out of line with performance. That won't change, moreover, because the deck is stacked against investors when it comes to the CEO's pay. The upshot is that a mediocre-or-worse CEO - aided by his handpicked VP of human relations and a consultant from the ever-accommodating firm of Ratchet, Ratchet and Bingo - all too often receives gobs of money from an ill-designed compensation arrangement. Warren Buffett

Wild swings in share prices have more to do with the "lemming- like" behaviour of institutional investors than with the aggregate returns of the company they own. Warren Buffett

Ben's Mr. Market allegory may seem out-of-date in today's investment world, in which most professionals and academicians talk of efficient markets, dynamic hedging and betas. Their interest in such matters is understandable, since techniques shrouded in mystery clearly have value to the purveyor of investment advice. After all, what witch doctor has ever achieved fame and fortune by simply advising 'Take two aspirins'? Warren Buffett

Let only individuals contribute - with sensible limits per election. Otherwise, we are well on our way to ensuring that a government of the moneyed, by the moneyed, and for the moneyed shall not perish from the earth. Warren Buffett

... the best way to own common stocks is through an index fund. Warren Buffett

Shares are not mere pieces of paper. They represent part ownership of a business. So, when contemplating an investment, think like a prospective owner. Warren Buffett

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. Warren Buffett

The less prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we should conduct our own affairs. Warren Buffett

The most common cause of low prices is pessimism - sometimes pervasive, sometimes specific to a company or industry. We want to do business in such an environment, not because we like pessimism but because we like the prices it produces. Warren Buffett

The best business returns are usually achieved by companies that are doing something quite similar today to what they were doing five or ten years ago. Warren Buffett

Investing is laying out money now to get more money back in the future. Warren Buffett

The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don't have to swing at everything - you can wait for your pitch. Warren Buffett

In a bull market, one must avoid the error of the preening duck that quacks boastfully after a torrential rainstorm, thinking that its paddling skills have caused it to rise in the world. A right-thinking duck would instead compare its position after the downpour to that of the other ducks on the pond. Warren Buffett

Managers and investors alike must understand that accounting numbers are the beginning, not the end, of business valuation. Warren Buffett

Interest rates are to asset prices what gravity is to the apple. When there are low interest rates, there is a very low gravitational pull on asset prices. Warren Buffett

Take me as an example. I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I'd been born into a tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can't run very fast. I'm not particularly strong. I'd probably end up as some wild animal's dinner. Warren Buffett

The best investment you can make is in yourself Warren Buffett

Games are won by players who focus on the playing field - not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. Warren Buffett

Yeah, we don't consider many stupid things. I mean, we get rid of 'em fast...Just getting rid of the nonsense - just figuring out that if people call you and say, 'I've got this great, wonderful idea', you don't spend 10 minutes once you know in the first sentence that it isn't a great, wonderful idea...Don't be polite and go through the whole process. Warren Buffett

If you don't know jewelry, know the jeweler. Warren Buffett

I don't measure my life by the money I've made. Other people might, but certainly don't. Warren Buffett

You shouldn't own common stocks if a 50 per cent decrease in their value in a short period of time would cause you acute distress. Warren Buffett

It's not debt per say that overwhelms an individual corporation or country. Rather it is a continuous increase in debt in relation to income that causes trouble. Warren Buffett

You do not adequately protect yourself by being half awake when other are sleeping. Warren Buffett

A hyperactive stock market is the pickpocket of enterprise. Warren Buffett

The problem with commodities is that you are betting on what someone else would pay for them in six months. The commodity itself isn't going to do anything for you....it is an entirely different game to buy a lump of something and hope that somebody else pays you more for that lump two years from now than it is to buy something that you expect to produce income for you over time. Warren Buffett

If you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die. Warren Buffett

If you have a harem of 40 women, you never get to know any of them very well. Warren Buffett

A home is one of the most important assets that most people will ever buy. Homes are also where memories are made and you want to work with someone you can trust. Warren Buffett

We need a tax system that essentially takes very good care of the people who just really aren't as well adapted to the market system but are nevertheless doing useful things in the society. Warren Buffett

The market system rewards me outlandishly for what I do, but that doesn't mean I'm any more deserving of a good life than a teacher or a doctor or someone who fights in Afghanistan. Warren Buffett

The best education you can get is investing in yourself, and that doesn't mean college or university. Warren Buffett

I know what I want to do, and it makes sense to get going. Warren Buffett

If knowing history made you rich, librarians would be billionaires. Warren Buffett

There are three important principles to Graham's approach. [The first is to look at stocks as fractional shares of a business, which] gives you an entirely different view than most people who are in the market. [The second principle is the margin-of-safety concept, which] gives you the competitive advantage. [The third is having a true investor's attitude toward the stock market, which] if you have that attitude, you start out ahead of 99 percent of all the people who are operating in the stock market - it's an enormous advantage. Warren Buffett

We try to buy businesses with good-to-superb underlying economics run by honest and able people and buy them at sensible prices. That's all I'm trying to do. Warren Buffett

I spend twelve hours a week - a little over 10% of my waking hours - playing the game. Now I am trying to figure out how to get by on less sleep in order to fit in a few more hands. Warren Buffett

Unfortunately, the hangover may prove to be proportional to the binge. Warren Buffett

Like most trends, at the beginning it's driven by fundamentals, at some point speculation takes over. What the wise man does in the beginning, the fool does in the end. Warren Buffett

What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact. Warren Buffett

When you listen to tax-cut rhetoric, remember that giving one class of taxpayer a break requires - now or down the line - that an equivalent burden be imposed on other parties. In other words, if I get a break, someone else pays. Government can't deliver a free lunch to the country as a whole. It can however, determine who pays for lunch. Warren Buffett

A low-cost index fund is the most sensible equity investment for the great majority of investors. My mentor, Ben Graham, took this position many years ago, and everything I have seen since convinces me of its truth. Warren Buffett



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