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Warren Buffett
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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
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It's a big mistake to try and mislead people. They will turn around. 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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In fact, when we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever. Warren Buffett
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I've reluctantly discarded the notion of my continuing to manage the portfolio after my death-abandoning my hope to give new meaning to the term thinking outside the box. 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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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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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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Ignore the stock market, ignore the economy, and buy a business you understand. Warren Buffett
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Knowing the edge of your competency is important. If you think you know more than you do, you will get in trouble. Warren Buffett
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I have this complicated procedure I go through every morning, which is to look in the mirror and decide what I'm going to do. And I feel at that point, everybody's had their say. Warren Buffett
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Derivatives are like sex. It's not who we're sleeping with, it's who they're sleeping with that's the problem. Warren Buffett
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Larger sums may be an advantage at some cases and a disadvantage at others. Warren Buffett
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All but a few of the organizations do not specifically promise to deliver superior investment performance although it is perhaps not unreasonable for the public to draw such an inference from their advertised emphasis on professional management. Warren Buffett
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The gross profits in many workouts appear quite small. It's a little like looking for parking meters with some time left on them. However, the predictability coupled with a short holding period produces quite decent average annual rates of return after allowance for the occasional substantial loss. Warren Buffett
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More investment sins are probably committed by otherwise quite intelligent people because of "tax considerations" than from any other cause. One of my friends-a noted West Coast philosopher-maintains that a majority of life's errors are caused by forgetting what one is really trying to do. This is certainly the case when an emotionally supercharged element like taxes enters the picture (I have another friend-a noted East Coast philosopher who says it isn't the lack of representation he minds-it's the taxation). Warren Buffett
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Although we deal with probabilities and expectations, the actual results can deviate substantially from such expectations, particularly on a short-term basis. Warren Buffett
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I certainly do believe anyone engaged in the management of money should have a standard of measurement, and that both he and the party whose money is managed should have a clear understanding why it is the appropriate standard, what time period should be utilized, etc. Warren Buffett
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The optimum portfolio depends on the various expectations of choices available and the degree of variance in performance which is tolerable. The greater the number of selections, the less will be the average year-to-year variation in actual versus expected results. Also, the lower will be the expected results, assuming different choices have different expectations of performance. Warren Buffett
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In earlier years, a lesser effort produced literally dozens of comparable opportunities. It is difficult to be objective about the causes for such diminution of one's own productivity. Three factors that seem apparent are: (1) a somewhat changed market environment; (2) our increased size; and (3) substantially more competition. Warren Buffett
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We will prosper or suffer in controlled investments in relation to the operating performances of our businesses - we will not attempt to profit by playing various games in the securities markets. Warren Buffett
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As one of my older friends says, "Nostalgia just isn't what it used to be." Let's take a stab at it, anyway. 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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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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The Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn't count; building arks does. Warren Buffett
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Optimism.. is the enemy of the rational buyer Warren Buffett
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If you are not willing to own a stock for 10 years, do not even think about owning it for 10 minutes. Warren Buffett
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Investing is simple, but not easy. Warren Buffett
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There's no use running if you're on the wrong road. Warren Buffett
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I want to be able to explain my mistakes. This means I do only the things I completely understand. Warren Buffett
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The best thing that happens to us is when a great company gets into temporary trouble...We want to buy them when they're on the operating table. Warren Buffett
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When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever. Warren Buffett
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I'll tell you why I like the cigarette business. It cost a penny to make. Sell it for a dollar. It's addictive. And there's a fantastic brand loyalty. Warren Buffett
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Accounting consequences do not influence our operating or capital-allocation decisions. When acquisition costs are similar, we much prefer to purchase $2 of earnings that is not reportable by us under standard accounting principles than to purchase $1 of earnings that is reportable. Warren Buffett
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Intensity is the price of excellence. Warren Buffett
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In the long run managements stressing accounting appearance over economic substance usually achieve little of either. Warren Buffett
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If you knew what was going to happen in the economy, you still wouldn't necessarily know what was going to happen in the stock market. Warren Buffett
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The most important investment you can make is in yourself... nobody can tax it or take it away from you. Warren Buffett
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Bad terminology is the enemy of good thinking. Warren Buffett
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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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In the search [of a deal], we adopt the same attitude one might find appropriate in looking for a spouse: It pays to be active, interested, and open-minded, but it does not pay to be in a hurry. Warren Buffett
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In that, we agreed with Andrew Carnegie, who said that huge fortunes that flow in large part from society should in large part be returned to society. In my case, the ability to allocate capital would have had little utility unless I lived in a rich, populous country in which enormous quantities of marketable securities were traded and were sometimes ridiculously mispriced. And fortunately for me, that describes the U.S. in the second half of the last century. Warren Buffett
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Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. Warren Buffett
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Buy a business, don't rent stocks. Warren Buffett
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If you don't feel comfortable owning something for 10 years, then don't own it for 10 minutes. Warren Buffett
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Investors making purchases in an overheated market need to recognize that it may often take an extended period for the value of even an outstanding company to catch up with the price they paid. Warren Buffett
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Buy companies with strong histories of profitability and with a dominant business franchise. 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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Much success can be attributed to inactivity. Most investors cannot resist the temptation to constantly buy and sell. Warren Buffett
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First, many in Wall Street - a community in which quality control is not prized - will sell investors anything they will buy. Warren Buffett
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You should invest like a Catholic marries: for life. Warren Buffett
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It's nice to have a lot of money, but you know, you don't want to keep it around forever. I prefer buying things. Otherwise, it's a little like saving sex for your old age. Warren Buffett
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Don't settle for anything other than your passion - if you're lucky enough to find it. Warren Buffett
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The Happiest people DO NOT necessarily have the BEST THINGS. They simply APPRECIATE the things they have. Warren Buffett
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Most investors, both institutional and individual, will find that the best way to own common stocks (shares') is through an index fund that charges minimal fees. Those following this path are sure to beat the net results (after fees and expenses) of the great majority of investment professionals. Warren Buffett
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To invest successfully over a lifetime does not require a stratospheric IQ, unusual business insights, or inside information. What's needed is a sound intellectual framework for making decisions and the ability to keep emotions from corroding that framework. You must supply the emotional discipline. Warren Buffett
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The most important investment you can make is in yourself. Very few people get anything like their potential horsepower translated into the actual horsepower of their output in life. Potential exceeds realization for many people...The best asset is your own self. You can become to an enormous degree the person you want to be. Warren Buffett
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If you want to shoot rare, fast-moving elephants, you should always carry a loaded gun. Warren Buffett
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Money will always flow toward opportunity, and there is an abundance of that in America. Warren Buffett
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If I subscribed to the efficient market theory I would still be delivering papers Warren Buffett
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Investing is the greatest business in the world because you never have to swing. You stand at the plate; the pitcher throws you General Motors at 47! U.S. Steel at 39! And nobody calls a strike on you. There's no penalty except opportunity. All day you wait for the pitch you like; then, when the fielders are asleep, you step up and hit it. Warren Buffett
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The investor of today does not profit from yesterday's growth. Warren Buffett
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It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction. Warren Buffett
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