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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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You have to understand accounting and you have to understand the nuances of accounting. It's the language of business and it's an imperfect language, but unless you are willing to put in the effort to learn accounting - how to read and interpret financial statements - you really shouldn't select stocks yourself Warren Buffett
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Investing is forgoing consumption now in order to have the ability to consume more at a later date. Warren Buffett
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Making money isn't the backbone of our guiding purpose; making money is the by-product of our guiding purpose. If you're doing something you love, you're more likely to put your all into it, and that generally equates to making money Warren Buffett
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Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. If you've got talents, no one can take them from you. 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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It irritates the hell out of me but you can't buy love. 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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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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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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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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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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Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill. 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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Asking for financial advice from a financial planner is like asking a barber if you need a hair cut. Warren Buffett
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I've learned mainly by reading myself. So I don't think I have any original ideas. Certainly, I talk about reading Graham. I've read Phil Fisher. So I've gotten a lot of my ideas from reading. You can learn a lot from other people. In fact, I think if you learn basically from other people, you don't have to get too many new ideas on your own. You can just apply the best of what you see. Warren Buffett
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Don't pass up something that's attractive today because you think you will find something way more attractive tomorrow. Warren Buffett
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The idea that you try to time purchases based on what you think business is going to do in the next year or two, I think that's the greatest mistake investors make because it's always uncertain. People say it's a time of uncertainty. It was uncertain on September 10th, 2001, people just didn't know it. It's uncertain every single day. So take uncertainty as part of being involved in investment at all. But uncertainty can be your friend. I mean, when people are scared they pay less for things. We try to price. We don't try to time at all. Warren Buffett
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It's easy to identify many investment managers with great recent records. But past results, though important, do not suffice when prospective performance is being judged. How the record has been achieved is crucial... Warren Buffett
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I just don't see anything available that gives any reasonable hope of delivering such a good year and I have no desire to grope around, hoping to 'get lucky' with other people's money. I am not attuned to this market environment, and I don't want to spoil a decent record by trying to play a game I don't understand just so I can go out a hero. Warren Buffett
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I asked him what he wanted to do for his career, and he replied that he wanted to go into a particular field, but thought he should work for McKinsey for a few years first to add to his resume. To me that's like saving sex for your old age. It makes no sense. Warren Buffett
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Occasionally, a man must rise above principles. 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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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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After 25 years of buying and supervising a great variety of businesses, Charlie [Munger] and I have not learned how to solve difficult business problems. What we have learned is to avoid them. To the extent we have been successful, it is because we have concentrated on identifying one-foot hurdles that we could step over rather than because we acquired any ability to clear seven-footers. Warren Buffett
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To be successful, you should concentrate on the world of companies, not arcane accounting mathematics. Warren Buffett
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What we really want to do is buy businesses that we would be happy to own forever. Warren Buffett
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Our goal is to find an outstanding business at a sensible price, not a mediocre business at a bargain price. 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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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 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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Never invest in a business you can't understand 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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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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I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life. 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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