Warren Buffett Quotes & Wallpapers

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

Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. If you've got talents, no one can take them from you. Warren Buffett

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

[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

What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end. Warren Buffett

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

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

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

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

... 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

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

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

Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett

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

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

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

As far as you are concerned, the stock market does not exist. Ignore it. Warren Buffett

Lethargy, bordering on sloth should remain the cornerstone of an investment style. Warren Buffett

Is management candid with the shareholders? Warren Buffett

What's nice about investing is you don't have to swing at every pitch. Warren Buffett

If horses had controlled investment decisions, there would have been no auto industry. Warren Buffett

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

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

The secret to happiness is having low expectations. Warren Buffett

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

Earnings can be pliable as putty when a charlatan heads the company reporting them. Warren Buffett

If you are in the investment business and have an IQ of 150, sell 30 points to someone else. Warren Buffett

Never invest in a business you can't understand Warren Buffett

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

What we learn from history is that people don't learn from history. Warren Buffett

We have long felt that the only value of stock forecasters is to make fortune-tellers look good. Warren Buffett

I really like my life. I've arranged my life so that I can do what I want. Warren Buffett

It's class warfare; my class is winning, but they shouldn't be. Warren Buffett

By periodically investing in an index fund, the know-nothing investors can actually outperform most investment professionals. Warren Buffett

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

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

The critical investment factor is determining the intrinsic value of a business and paying a fair or bargain price. Warren Buffett

Only when you combine sound intellect with emotional discipline do you get rational behavior. Warren Buffett

If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need. Warren Buffett

Equities will do well over time - you just have to avoid getting excited when other people are getting excited. Warren Buffett

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

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

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

Investment philosophy is the clear understanding that by owning shares of stocks he owns businesses, not pieces of paper. Warren Buffett

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

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

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

Problems in a company are like cockroaches in the kitchen. You will never find just one Warren Buffett

Read 500 pages every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest. Warren Buffett

The reaction of weak management to weak operations is often weak accounting. Warren Buffett

Enjoy your work and work for whom you admire. Warren Buffett

Valuing a business is part art and part science. Warren Buffett

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

You should invest in a business that even a fool can run, because someday a fool will. Warren Buffett

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

To be successful, you should concentrate on the world of companies, not arcane accounting mathematics. Warren Buffett

What we really want to do is buy businesses that we would be happy to own forever. Warren Buffett

The purpose of life is to be loved by as many people as possible among those you want to have love you Warren Buffett

If the reason for doing something is that everyone else is doing it, it's not a good enough reason. Warren Buffett

Asking for financial advice from a financial planner is like asking a barber if you need a hair cut. Warren Buffett

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

Don't pass up something that's attractive today because you think you will find something way more attractive tomorrow. Warren Buffett

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

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

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

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

Occasionally, a man must rise above principles. Warren Buffett

Our goal is to find an outstanding business at a sensible price, not a mediocre business at a bargain price. Warren Buffett

We also believe candour benefits us as managers. The CEO who misleads often in public eventually misleads himself in private. Warren Buffett

A contrarian approach is just as foolish as a follow-the-crowd strategy. What's required is thinking rather than polling. Warren Buffett

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