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I never try to predict the market. Warren Buffett
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Activity is the enemy of investment returns. Warren Buffett
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I've worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate's distribution of long straws is wildly capricious. Warren Buffett
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Forecasts usually tell us more of the forecaster than of the forecast Warren Buffett
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You pay a very high price in the stock market for a cheery consensus. Warren Buffett
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It's only when the tide goes out that you discover who's been swimming naked. Warren Buffett
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You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant. Warren Buffett
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In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497. Warren Buffett
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Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing. Warren Buffett
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Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. Warren Buffett
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When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact. Warren Buffett
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I would say the most satisfying thing actually is watching my three children each pick up on their own interests and work many more hours per week than most people that have jobs at trying to intelligently give away that money in fields that they particularly care about. Warren Buffett
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Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks. Warren Buffett
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In business, I look for economic castles protected by unbreachable 'moats'. Warren Buffett
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The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect. Warren Buffett
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Take Wrigley's Chewing Gum. I don't think the Internet is going to change how people chew gum. Warren Buffett
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I've made money over the years by buying into good companies, run by good people, at attractive prices. And I don't try and make it out of buying into the market at one point and selling at another point. Warren Buffett
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When you build a bridge, you insist that it can carry 30,000 pounds, but you only drive 10,000-pound trucks across it. And that same principle works in investing. Warren Buffett
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Cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day. Warren Buffett
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If you gave me the choice of being CEO of General Electric or IBM or General Motors, you name it, or delivering papers, I would deliver papers. I would. I enjoyed doing that. I can think about what I want to think. I don't have to do anything I don't want to do. Warren Buffett
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Working with people who cause your stomach to churn seems much like marrying for money - probably a bad idea under any circumstances, but absolute madness if you are already rich. Warren Buffett
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You don't have to know how to value all businesses. You have to stay within your circle of competence, and pick companies that sell for less than what they"re worth. Warren Buffett
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The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don't have to swing at everything-you can wait for your pitch. The problem when you're a money manager is that your fans keep yelling, Swing, you bum! Warren Buffett
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Putting people into homes, though a desirable goal, shouldn't be our country's primary objective. Keeping them in their homes should be the ambition. Warren Buffett
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We never want to count on the kindness of strangers in order to meet tomorrow's obligations. When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night's sleep for the chance of extra profits. Warren Buffett
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I find that the standard of living does not go up in proportion with the cost of living. The trick in life is to do things that are fun all the time. Warren Buffett
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We don't get paid for being busy, we get paid for being right. Warren Buffett
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I always invest in companies an idiot could run, because one day one will. Warren Buffett
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We have embraced the 21st century by entering such cutting-edge industries as brick, carpet, insulation and paint. Try to control your excitement. Warren Buffett
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Lethargy bordering on sloth remains the cornerstone of our investment style. The exception was Wells Fargo, a superbly-managed, high-return banking operation in which we increased our ownership to just under 10%, the most we can own without the approval of the Federal Reserve Board. Warren Buffett
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When Berkshire buys common stock, we approach the transaction as if we were buying into a private business. Warren Buffett
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Remember that the stock market is manic-depressive. Warren Buffett
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The ideal business is one that earns very high returns on capital and that keeps using lots of capital at those high returns. That becomes a compounding machine. Warren Buffett
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If principles can become dated, they're not principles. Warren Buffett
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If you have more than 120 or 130 I.Q. points, you can afford to give the rest away. You don't need extraordinary intelligence to succeed as an investor. Warren Buffett
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We don't get paid for activity, just for being right. As to how long we'll wait, we'll wait indefinitely. Warren Buffett
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Intrinsic value can be defined simply: It is the discounted value of the cash that can be taken out of a business during its remaining life. The calculation of intrinsic value, though, is not so simple. As our definition suggests, intrinsic value is an estimate rather than a precise figure, and it is additionally an estimate that must be changed if interest rates move or forecasts of future cash flows are revised. Warren Buffett
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Take the job you would take if you were independently wealthy. You're going to do well at it. Warren Buffett
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Our future rates of gain will fall far short of those achieved in the past. Berkshire's capital base is now simply too large to allow us to earn truly outsized returns. If you believe otherwise, you should consider a career in sales but avoid one in mathematics. Warren Buffett
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If, when making a stock investment, you're not considering holding it at least ten years, don't waste more than ten minutes considering it. Warren Buffett
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That which is not worth doing at all is not worth doing well. Warren Buffett
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In our view, derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction carrying dangers that, while latent, are potentially lethal. Warren Buffett
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The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect. You need a temperament that neither derives great pleasure from being with the crowd or against the crowd. Warren Buffett
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A prediction about the direction of the stock market tells you nothing about where stocks are headed, but a whole lot about the person doing the predicting. Warren Buffett
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Only those who will be sellers of equities in the near future should be happy at seeing stocks rise. Prospective purchasers should much prefer sinking prices. Warren Buffett
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Risk can be greatly reduced by concentrating on only a few holdings. Warren Buffett
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A pack of lemmings looks like a group of rugged individualists compared with Wall Street when it gets a concept in its teeth. Warren Buffett
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Never do anything in life if you would be ashamed of seeing it printed on the front page of your hometown newspaper for your friends and family to see. Warren Buffett
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The most dangerous distractions are the ones you love, but that don't love you back. Warren Buffett
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An investor should act as though he had a lifetime decision card with just twenty punches on it. Warren Buffett
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Two rules: 1. Preserve the principal 2. When in doubt, see Rule 1. Warren Buffett
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I violated the Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn't count; building arks does. Warren Buffett
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You"d get very rich if you thought of yourself as having a card with only twenty punches in a lifetime, and every financial decision used up one punch. You"d resist the temptation to dabble. You"d make more good decisions and you"d make more big decisions. Warren Buffett
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There are 309 million people out there that are trying to improve their lot in life. And we've got a system that allows them to do it. Warren Buffett
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I don't look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over. Warren Buffett
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There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult. Warren Buffett
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The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. Warren Buffett
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I think that both parties should declare the debt limit as a political weapon of mass destruction which can't be used. I mean, it is silly to have a country that has 237 years building up its reputation and then have people threaten to tear it down because they're not getting some other matter. Warren Buffett
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It's never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but its not always a smooth ride. Warren Buffett
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The great personal fortunes in the country weren't built on a portfolio of fifty companies. They were built by someone who identified one wonderful business. With each investment you make, you should have the courage and the conviction to place at least 10% of your net worth in that stock. Warren Buffett
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I have three boxes on my desk: In, Out, and Too Hard. Warren Buffett
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The fundamental basis of above-average performance in the long run is sustainable competitive advantage. Warren Buffett
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Investment decision should be made on the basis of the most probable compounding of after-tax net worth with minimum risk. Warren Buffett
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Nevertheless, as circumstances presently appear, I feel substantially greater size is more likely to harm future results than to help them. This might not be true for my own personal results, but it is likely to be true for your results. Warren Buffett
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I tell college students, when you get to be my age you will be successful if the people who you hope to have love you, do love you. Warren Buffett
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You don't need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ. Warren Buffett
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If you understood a business perfectly and the future of the business, you would need very little in the way of a margin of safety. So, the more vulnerable the business is, assuming you still want to invest in it, the larger margin of safety you'd need. If you're driving a truck across a bridge that says it holds 10,000 pounds and you've got a 9,800 pound vehicle, if the bridge is 6 inches above the crevice it covers, you may feel okay, but if it's over the Grand Canyon, you may feel you want a little larger margin of safety... Warren Buffett
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For example: (1) As if governed by Newton's First Law of Motion, an institution will resist any change in its current direction; (2) Just as work expands to fill available time, corporate projects or acquisitions will materialize to soak up available funds; (3) Any business craving of the leader, however foolish, will be quickly supported by detailed rate-of-return and strategic studies prepared by his troops; and (4) The behavior of peer companies, whether they are expanding, acquiring, setting executive compensation or whatever, will be mindlessly imitated. Warren Buffett
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The reaction of weak management to weak operations is often weak accounting. Warren Buffett
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Enjoy your work and work for whom you admire. Warren Buffett
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