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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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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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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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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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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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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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We also believe candour benefits us as managers. The CEO who misleads often in public eventually misleads himself in private. Warren Buffett
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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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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
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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
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Stocks of companies selling commodity-like products should come with a warning label: "Competition may prove hazardous to human wealth". Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I measure success by how many people love me. And the best way to be loved is to be lo veable. Warren Buffett
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Unless your answers are clearly better, copy the answers of your betters. Warren Buffett
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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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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
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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
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The dumbest reason in the world to buy a stock is because it's going up. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old. Warren Buffett
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Tell me your heroes and I'll tell you how your life will end up Warren Buffett
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If you can tell me who your heroes are, I can tell you how you're going to turn out in life. Warren Buffett
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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
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You can't make a good deal with a bad person. Warren Buffett
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Money will not change how healthy you are or how many people love you. Warren Buffett
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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
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Never lie under any circumstances. Warren Buffett
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Invest in as much of yourself as you can, you are your own biggest asset by far. Warren Buffett
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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
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When asked how he became so successful in investing, Buffett answered: 'we read hundreds and hundreds of annual reports every year. Warren Buffett
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I read annual reports of the company I'm looking at and I read the annual reports of the competitors - that is the main source of material. Warren Buffett
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You have no ability, if you're a financial institution and you're threatened with criminal prosecution, you have no ability to negotiate. Warren Buffett
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I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here. Warren Buffett
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Value is what you get. Warren Buffett
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Americans are in a cycle of fear which leads to people not wanting to spend and not wanting to make investments, and that leads to more fear. We'll break out of it. It takes time. Warren Buffett
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I always knew I was going to be rich. I don't think I ever doubted it for a minute. Warren Buffett
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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
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The Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn't count; building arks does. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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It's not that I want money. It's the fun of making money and watching it grow. Warren Buffett
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Diversification is protection against ignorance. It makes little sense if you know what you are doing. Warren Buffett
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Exercise humility and restraint. Warren Buffett
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If we have a strength, it is in recognizing when we are operating well within our circle of competence and when we are approaching the perimeter. Warren Buffett
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I look for businesses in which I think I can predict what they're going to look like in ten to fifteen years time. 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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The key to life is to figure out who to be the batboy for. Warren Buffett
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When you get to my age, you"ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That's the ultimate test of how you"ve lived your life. Warren Buffett
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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
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Success is having people love you that you want to have love you. Warren Buffett
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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
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When the brothel burns down, even the pretty girls have to run out. Warren Buffett
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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
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There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we"re winning. Warren Buffett
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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
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Never invest in a business you don't understand. Warren Buffett
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The wise man once said invest young Warren Buffett
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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
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Always invest for the long term. Warren Buffett
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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
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Never test the depth of river with both the feet. Warren Buffett
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