Warren Buffett Quotes & Wallpapers

Warren Buffett
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The only way to get love is to be lovable. It's very irritating if you have a lot of money. You'd like to think you could write a check: "I'll buy a million dollars' worth of love." But it doesn't work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get. Warren Buffett

The big question about how people behave is whether they've got an Inner Scorecard or an Outer Scorecard. It helps if you can be satisfied with an Inner Scorecard. Warren Buffett

Stocks of companies selling commodity-like products should come with a warning label: "Competition may prove hazardous to human wealth". Warren Buffett

I have a house that I bought 55 years ago. It's warm in the winter; it's cool in the summer. It has everything I wanted, plus it has all kinds of good memories. Like my kids, I have good thoughts about that. I can't imagine living any better. Warren Buffett

In the great majority of cases we simply do not know enough about the industry or company to come to sensible judgments-in that situation we pass. Warren Buffett

If we start deciding, based on guesses or emotions, whether we will or won't participate in a business where we should have some long run edge, we're in trouble. Warren Buffett

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

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

After all, you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out. Warren Buffett

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

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

You don't ever ask a barber whether you need a haircut. Warren Buffett

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

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

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

Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1. Warren Buffett

Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction. Warren Buffett

Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill. Warren Buffett

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

A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought. Warren Buffett

Our approach is very much profiting from lack of change rather than from change. With Wrigley chewing gum, it's the lack of change that appeals to me. I don't think it is going to be hurt by the Internet. That's the kind of business I like. Warren Buffett

They say the chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. The chains you put around yourself now have enormous consequences as you go through life. Warren Buffett

Tell me your heroes and I'll tell you how your life will end up Warren Buffett

If you can tell me who your heroes are, I can tell you how you're going to turn out in life. Warren Buffett

You are lucky in life if you have the right heroes. I advise all of you, to the extent you can, to pick out a few heroes Warren Buffett

Success is having people love you that you want to have love you. Warren Buffett

As an investor with small capital, one should prefer businesses that have high returns on capital and that require little incremental investment to grow. Warren Buffett

I think you should read everything you can. In my case, by the age of 10, I'd read every book in the Omaha public library about investing, some twice. You need to fill your mind with various competing thoughts and decide which make sense. Warren Buffett

It's not that I want money. It's the fun of making money and watching it grow. Warren Buffett

Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing so wide diversification is only required when investors are ignorant. You only have to do a very few things in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong. Warren Buffett

When the brothel burns down, even the pretty girls have to run out. Warren Buffett

I have no use whatsoever for projections or forecasts. They create an illusion of apparent precision. The more meticulous they are, the more concerned you should be. We never look at projections, but we care very much about, and look very deeply at, track records. If a company has a lousy track record, but a very bright future, we will miss the opportunity... Warren Buffett

We do not view the company itself as the ultimate owner of our business assets but instead view the company as a conduit through which our shareholders own assets. Warren Buffett

The strategy we've adopted precludes our following standard diversification dogma. Many pundits would therefore say the strategy must be riskier than that employed by more conventional investors. We disagree. We believe that a policy of portfolio concentration may well decrease risk if it raises, as it should, both the intensity with which an investor thinks about a business and the comfort-level he must feel with its economic characteristics before buying into it. Warren Buffett

I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection. Warren Buffett

Never invest in a business you don't understand. Warren Buffett

The wise man once said invest young Warren Buffett

There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we"re winning. Warren Buffett

If you're in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent. Warren Buffett

While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Warren Buffett

I measure success by how many people love me. And the best way to be loved is to be lo veable. Warren Buffett

Unless your answers are clearly better, copy the answers of your betters. Warren Buffett

I will do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire's tax rate. For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That's the only reason to build them. They don't make sense without the tax credit. Warren Buffett

When asked how he became so successful in investing, Buffett answered: 'we read hundreds and hundreds of annual reports every year. Warren Buffett

Too often, a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends. Warren Buffett

You can't make a good deal with a bad person. Warren Buffett

Money will not change how healthy you are or how many people love you. Warren Buffett

We intend to continue our practice of working only with people whom we like and admire. This policy not only maximizes our chances for good results, it also ensures us an extraordinarily good time. Warren Buffett

Never lie under any circumstances. Warren Buffett

Invest in as much of yourself as you can, you are your own biggest asset by far. Warren Buffett

The range of derivatives contracts is limited only by the imagination of man (or sometimes, so it seems, madmen). Say you want to write a contract speculating on the number of twins to be born in Nebraska in 2020. No problem-at a price, you will easily find an obliging counterparty. Warren Buffett

I've seen more people fail because of liquor and leverage - leverage being borrowed money. 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. Warren Buffett

Always invest for the long term. Warren Buffett

Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You can't buy what is popular and do well. Warren Buffett

Never test the depth of river with both the feet. Warren Buffett

Focus on your customers and lead your people as though their lives depend on your success. Warren Buffett

Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source. Warren Buffett

We will reject interesting opportunities rather than over-leverage our balance sheet. Warren Buffett

One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out and get it over. Your problem won't improve with age. Warren Buffett

Uncertainty is the friend of the buyer of long term values. Warren Buffett

I don't read economic forecasts. I don't read the funny papers. Warren Buffett

It's a big mistake to try and mislead people. They will turn around. Warren Buffett

I do not believe in inheriting your position in society based on which womb you come from... I think a rich person should leave his children enough so they can do anything, but not enough so they can do nothing. Warren Buffett

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

An IPO is like a negotiated transaction - the seller chooses when to come public - and it's unlikely to be a time that's favourable to you. Warren Buffett

At age 19, I read a book [The Intelligent Investor] and what I'm doing today, at age 76, is running things through the same thought process I learned from the book I read at 19. Warren Buffett

Diversification is a protection against ignorance. It makes very little sense for those who know what they're doing. Warren Buffett

Cash never makes us happy, but it's better to have the money burning a hole in Berkshire's pocket than resting comfortably in someone else's. Warren Buffett

I knew a lot about what I did when I was 20. I had read a lot, and I aspired to learn everything I could about the subject. Warren Buffett

Turnarounds seldom turn. Warren Buffett



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