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Warren Buffett
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Focus on your customers and lead your people as though their lives depend on your success. Warren Buffett
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Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source. Warren Buffett
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We will reject interesting opportunities rather than over-leverage our balance sheet. Warren Buffett
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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
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Uncertainty is the friend of the buyer of long term values. Warren Buffett
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I don't read economic forecasts. I don't read the funny papers. Warren Buffett
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it's a good idea to review past mistakes before committing new ones. 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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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
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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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Diversification is a protection against ignorance. It makes very little sense for those who know what they're doing. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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Turnarounds seldom turn. 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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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
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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
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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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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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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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Writing checks to the IRS that include strings of zeros does not bother me ... Overall, we feel extraordinarily lucky to have been dealt a hand in life that enables us to write large checks to the government rather than one requiring the government to regularly write checks to us-say, because we are disabled or unemployed. 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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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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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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I sent one e-mail in my life. I sent it to Jeff Raikes at Microsoft, and it ended up in court in Minneapolis, so I am one for one. Warren Buffett
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We believe that according the name 'investors' to institutions that trade actively is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a 'romantic.' Warren Buffett
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If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians. 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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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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I made my first investment at age eleven. I was wasting my life up until then. Warren Buffett
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Stop trying to predict... Warren Buffett
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What could be more advantageous in an intellectual contest - whether it be chess, bridge, or stock selection - than to have opponents who have been taught that thinking is a waste of energy? Warren Buffett
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If you own a wonderful business...the best thing to do is keep it. All you're going to do is trade your wonderful business for a whole bunch of cash, which isn't as good as the business, and you got the problem of investing in other businesses, and you probably paid a tax in between. So my advice to anybody who owns a wonderful business is keep it. Warren Buffett
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The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. Warren Buffett
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Most business mistakes are irreversible setbacks, but you get another chance. There are two things in life that you don't get another chance at - marrying the wrong person and what you do with your children. Warren Buffett
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Buy stocks like you buy your groceries, not like you buy your perfume. Warren Buffett
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I put heavy weight on certainty. It's not risky to buy securities at a fraction of what they're worth. Warren Buffett
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Over the years, a number of very smart people have learned the hard way that a long string of impressive numbers multiplied by a single zero always equals zero. Warren Buffett
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It is easier to rationalize than it is to be rational. Warren Buffett
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The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You do' have to swing at everything - you can wait for your pitch. Warren Buffett
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