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Warren Buffett
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Gold is a way of going long on fear, and it has been a pretty good way of going long on fear from time to time. But you really have to hope people become more afraid in a year or two years than they are now. And if they become more afraid you make money, if they become less afraid you lose money, but the gold itself doesn't produce anything. Warren Buffett
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[Gold] gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head. Warren Buffett
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What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end. Warren Buffett
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Look for 3 things in a person. Intelligence, Energy, & Integrity. If they don't have the last one, don't even bother with the first two. 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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I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. Warren Buffett
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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett
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Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1. Warren Buffett
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Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction. Warren Buffett
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A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought. Warren Buffett
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I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don't like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn't that a little like saving up sex for your old age? 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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Valuing a business is part art and part science. Warren Buffett
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We've used derivatives for many, many years. I don't think derivatives are evil, per se, I think they are dangerous. ...So we use lots of things daily that are dangerous, but we generally pay some attention to how they're used. We tell the cars how fast they can go. Warren Buffett
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But, surprise - none of these blockbuster events made the slightest dent in Ben Graham's investment principles. Nor did they render unsound the negotiated purchases of fine businesses at sensible prices. Imagine the cost to us, then, if we had let a fear of unknowns cause us to defer or alter the deployment of capital. Indeed, we have usually made our best purchases when apprehensions about some macro event were at a peak. Fear is the foe of the faddist, but the friend of the fundamentalist. Warren Buffett
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Our investments continue to be few in number and simple in concept: The truly big investment idea can usually be explained in a short paragraph. We like a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people. When these attributes exist, and when we can make purchases at sensible prices, it is hard to go wrong (a challenge we periodically manage to overcome). Warren Buffett
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It irritates the hell out of me but you can't buy love. 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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Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill. Warren Buffett
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A lot of great fortunes in the world have been made by owning a single wonderful business. If you understand the business, you don't need to own very many of them. Warren Buffett
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Problems in a company are like cockroaches in the kitchen. You will never find just one Warren Buffett
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Read 500 pages every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest. Warren Buffett
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You should invest in a business that even a fool can run, because someday a fool will. Warren Buffett
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As far as you are concerned, the stock market does not exist. Ignore it. Warren Buffett
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Lethargy, bordering on sloth should remain the cornerstone of an investment style. Warren Buffett
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Is management candid with the shareholders? Warren Buffett
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What's nice about investing is you don't have to swing at every pitch. Warren Buffett
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If horses had controlled investment decisions, there would have been no auto industry. Warren Buffett
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I always say that in investing you want to buy stock in a company that has a business that's so good that an idiot can run it, because sooner or later one will. We have a country like that. Warren Buffett
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Earnings can be pliable as putty when a charlatan heads the company reporting them. Warren Buffett
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Never invest in a business you can't understand Warren Buffett
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What we learn from history is that people don't learn from history. Warren Buffett
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We have long felt that the only value of stock forecasters is to make fortune-tellers look good. Warren Buffett
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I really like my life. I've arranged my life so that I can do what I want. Warren Buffett
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It's class warfare; my class is winning, but they shouldn't be. Warren Buffett
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By periodically investing in an index fund, the know-nothing investors can actually outperform most investment professionals. Warren Buffett
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For some reason, people take their cues from price action rather than from values. What doesn't work is when you start doing things that you don't understand or because they worked last week for somebody else. The dumbest reason in the world to buy a stock is because it's going up. Warren Buffett
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Never give up searching for the job that you're passionate about. Try to find the job you'd have if you were independently rich. Forget about the pay. When you're associating with the people that you love, doing what you love, it doesn't get any better than that. Warren Buffett
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The critical investment factor is determining the intrinsic value of a business and paying a fair or bargain price. Warren Buffett
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Only when you combine sound intellect with emotional discipline do you get rational behavior. Warren Buffett
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If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need. Warren Buffett
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Equities will do well over time - you just have to avoid getting excited when other people are getting excited. Warren Buffett
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The line separating investment and speculation, which is never bright and clear, becomes blurred still further when most market participants have recently enjoyed triumphs. Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball. Warren Buffett
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Investment philosophy is the clear understanding that by owning shares of stocks he owns businesses, not pieces of paper. Warren Buffett
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Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. The person sitting in the shade now should be grateful for the person who planted and tended that tree. That includes all those benefactors of humanity throughout history that created, invented, financed, produced, maintained and improved all that we enjoy today. Warren Buffett
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Everybody's got a different circle of competence. The important thing is not how big the circle is. The important thing is staying inside the circle. 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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Our leaders have asked for 'shared sacrifice.' But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched. Warren Buffett
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It's got to be the best intellectual exercise out there. You're seeing through new situations every ten minutes. In the stock market you don't base your decisions on what the market is doing, but on what you think is rational. Bridge is about weighing gain/loss ratios. You're doing calculations all the time. Warren Buffett
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Investors, of course, can, by their own behavior make stock ownership highly risky. And many do. Active trading, attempts to "time" market movements, inadequate diversification, the payment of high and unnecessary fees to managers and advisors, and the use of borrowed money can destroy the decent returns that a life-long owner of equities would otherwise enjoy. Indeed, borrowed money has no place in the investor's tool kit. Warren Buffett
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If you expect to continue to purchase stocks throughout your life, you should welcome price declines as a way to add stocks more cheaply to your portfolio. Warren Buffett
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You really don't need leverage in this world much. If you're smart, you're going to make a lot of money without borrowing. I've never borrowed a significant amount of money in my life. Never. Never will. I've got no interest in it. The other reason is I never thought I would be way happier when I had 2X instead of X. You ought to have a good time all the time as you go along. Warren Buffett
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... but the important thing is that when you do find one where you really do know what you are doing, you must buy in quantity.... Charlie and I have made a dozen or so very big decisions relative to net worth, although not as big as they should have been. And in each of those, we've known that we were almost certain to be right going in. Warren Buffett
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With each investment you make, you should have the courage and the conviction to place at least ten per cent of your net worth in that stock Warren Buffett
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I don't need 15 houses. Owning real estate doesn't mean much to me. I don't like to think about things like that. I don't need 12 boats, or even the world's largest boat with a crew of 80. I'd have to take care of them, to worry about them. I get a lot more fun out of life without all the bells and whistles. Warren Buffett
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Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett
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You don't ever ask a barber whether you need a haircut. Warren Buffett
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To the perfect amount to leave children is enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing. Warren Buffett
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Over the years, Charlie 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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After all, you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out. Warren Buffett
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Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that Price is what you pay; value is what you get. Whether we're talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down. Warren Buffett
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Upon leaving, our feelings about the business mirrored a line in a country song: I liked you better before I got to know you so well. Warren Buffett
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If you are in the investment business and have an IQ of 150, sell 30 points to someone else. Warren Buffett
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A diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor a person perfected without trials. Someone is enjoying shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett
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The secret to happiness is having low expectations. Warren Buffett
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Consciously paying more for a stock than its calculated value - in the hope that it can soon be sold for a still-higher price - should be labelled speculation Warren Buffett
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The purpose of life is to be loved by as many people as possible among those you want to have love you Warren Buffett
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If the reason for doing something is that everyone else is doing it, it's not a good enough reason. Warren Buffett
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