Warren Buffett Quotes & Wallpapers

Warren Buffett
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Cash, though, is to a business as oxygen is to an individual: never thought about when it is present, the only thing in mind when it is absent. When bills come due, only cash is legal tender. Don't leave home without it. Warren Buffett

I have a wonderful family. I have a job that I love and wonderful people who help me with it. It can't get any better than that. Warren Buffett

The most dangerous distractions are the ones you love, but that do' love you back. Warren Buffett

It is more important to say "no" to an opportunity, than to say "yes". Warren Buffett

Would you rather be the world's greatest lover, but have everyone think you're the world's worst lover? Or would you rather be the world's worst lover but have everyone think you're the world's greatest lover? Now, that's an interesting question. Warren Buffett

The thing to do is to keep your mind when the world around you is losing theirs. Warren Buffett

You know ... you keep doing the same things and you keep getting the same result over and over again. Warren Buffett

I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone - not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 percent in 1976-77 - shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain. Warren Buffett

The one piece of advice I can give you is, do what turns you on. Do something that if you had all the money in the world, you"d still be doing it. You"ve got to have a reason to jump out of bed in the morning. Warren Buffett

In my view, [the trade deficit] will create political turmoil at some point...Pretty soon, I think there will be a big adjustment. Warren Buffett

You've gotta keep control of your time, and you can't unless you say no. You can't let people set your agenda in life. Warren Buffett

In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you. Warren Buffett

Failing conventionally is the route to go; as a group, lemmings may have a rotten image, but no individual lemming has ever received bad press Warren Buffett

Do what you would do for free, having passion for what you do is the most important thing. Warren Buffett

There are three kinds of people: 1. Innovators. 2. Imitators. 3. Idiots. Warren Buffett

Learning how to live is much more important than learning how to make a living. Warren Buffett

You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. Warren Buffett

In our view, though, investment students need only two well-taught courses-How to Value a Business, and How to Think about Market Prices. Your goal as an investor should simply be to purchase, at a rational price, a part interest in an easily-understandable business who's earnings are virtually certain to be materially higher five, ten and twenty years from now. Warren Buffett

If you aren't willing to own a stock for ten years, don't even think about owning it for ten minutes. Put together a portfolio of companies whose aggregate earnings march upward over the years, and so also will the portfolio's market value. Warren Buffett

Whether we're talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down. Warren Buffett

Stop trying to predict the direction of the stock market, the economy or elections. Warren Buffett

Money is not everything. Make sure you earn a lot before speaking such nonsense. Warren Buffett

An investor should ordinarily hold a small piece of an outstanding business with the same tenacity that an owner would exhibit if he owned all of that business. Warren Buffett

I wouldn't mind going to jail if I had three cellmates who played bridge Warren Buffett

Accounting is the language of business. Warren Buffett

Success in investing doesn't correlate with I.Q. Once you are above the level of 25; once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing. Warren Buffett

If you understood a business perfectly and the future of the business, you need very little in the way of a margin of safety. Warren Buffett

The most dangerous distractions are the ones you love, but that don't love you back. Warren Buffett

No formula in finance tells you that the moat is 28 feet wide and 16 feet deep. That's what drives the academics crazy. They can compute standard deviations and betas, but they can't understand moats. Warren Buffett

The banking business is no favorite of ours. When assets are twenty times equity - a common ratio in this industry - mistakes that involve only a small portion of assets can destroy a major portion of equity. And mistakes have been the rule rather than the exception at many major banks. Warren Buffett

The greatest investment a young person can make is in their own education, in their own mind. Because money comes and goes. Relationships come and go. But what you learn once stays with you forever. Warren Buffett

The best thing I did was choose the right heroes. Warren Buffett

We only want to link up with people whom we like, admire, and trust. ... We do not wish to join with managers who lack admirable qualities, no matter how attractive the prospects of their business. We've never succeeded in making a good deal with a bad person. Warren Buffett

At Berkshire, I both initiate and monitor every derivatives contract on our books ... If Berkshire ever gets in trouble, it will be my fault. It will not be because of the misjudgments made by a risk committee or chief risk officer. Warren Buffett

If you don't know the Jewelry, know the Jeweller Warren Buffett

An investor needs to do very few things right as long as he or she avoids big mistakes. Warren Buffett

I do not like debt and do not like to invest in companies that have too much debt, particularly long-term debt. With long-term debt, increases in interest rates can drastically affect company profits and make future cash flows less predictable. Warren Buffett

If at first you do succeed, quit trying on investing. Warren Buffett

A great investment opportunity occurs when a marvelous business encounters a one-time huge, but solvable problem. Warren Buffett

We like to buy businesses, but we don't like to sell them. Warren Buffett

It's us fun being a gorse when the tractor comes along, or the blacksmith when the car comes along. Warren Buffett

What motivates most gold purchasers is their belief that the ranks of the fearful will grow. During the past decade that belief has proved correct. Beyond that, the rising price has on its own generated additional buying enthusiasm, attracting purchasers who see the rise as validating an investment thesis. As 'bandwagon' investors join any party, they create their own truth - for a while. Warren Buffett

It is impossible to unsign a contract, so do all your thinking before you sign. Warren Buffett

Never be afraid to ask for too much when selling or offer too little when buying. Warren Buffett

The best asset is your own self. You can become to an enormous degree the person you want to be Warren Buffett

A CEO's behavior has a huge impact on managers down the line. Warren Buffett

If you don't feel comfortable making a rough estimate of the asset's future earnings, just forget it and move on. No one has the ability to evaluate every investment possibility. But omniscience isn't necessary; you only need to understand the actions you undertake. Warren Buffett

Gold has two significant shortcomings, being neither of much use nor procreative. Warren Buffett

The true investor welcomes volatility ... a wildly fluctuating market means that irrationally low prices will periodically be attached to solid businesses. Warren Buffett

In an inflationary world, a toll bridge (like company) would be a great thing to own because you've laid out the capital costs. You built it in old dollars and you don't have to keep replacing it. Warren Buffett

It's class warfare; my class is winning, but they should' be. Warren Buffett

You ought to be able to explain why you're taking the job you're taking, why you're making the investment you're making, or whatever it may be. And if it ca' stand applying pencil to paper, you"d better think it through some more. And if you ca' write an intelligent answer to those questions, do' do it. Warren Buffett

Be brave when others are afraid, and afraid when others are brave. Warren Buffett

I prefer liquor store robbers with hungry kids to companies that locate offshore to avoid U.S. taxes. Warren Buffett

Too often, executive compensation in the U.S. is ridiculously out of line with performance. That won't change, moreover, because the deck is stacked against investors when it comes to the CEO's pay. Warren Buffett

In the insurance business, there is no statute of limitation on stupidity. Warren Buffett

The managers at fault periodically report on the lesson they have learned from the latest disappointment. They then usually seek out future lessons. Warren Buffett

We're perfectly willing to trade away a big payoff for a certain payoff. Warren Buffett

Investing requires qualities of temperament way more than it requires qualities of intellect. Warren Buffett

You have to be able to communicate in life and probably schools underemphasize that. If you can't talk to people or write, you're giving up your potential. Warren Buffett

Be fearful when the markets get greedy, be greedy when the markets get fearful. Warren Buffett

A single year's performance is of minor importance and, good or bad, should never be taken seriously. Warren Buffett

My rather puritanical view is that any investment manager, whether operating as broker, investment counselor of a trust department, investment company, etc., should be willing to state unequivocally what he is going to attempt to accomplish and how he proposes to measure the extent to which he gets the job done. Warren Buffett

One observer commenting on security analysts over forty stated: "They know too many things that are no longer true." As long as I am "on stage", publishing a regular record and assuming responsibility for management of what amounts to virtually 100% of the net worth of many partners, I will never be able to put sustained effort into any non-BPL activity. If I am going to participate publicly. I can't help being competitive. I know I don't want to be totally occupied with out-pacing an investment rabbit all my life. The only way to slow down is to stop. Warren Buffett

Market prices for stocks fluctuate at great amplitudes around intrinsic value but, over the long term, intrinsic value is virtually always reflected at some point in market price. Warren Buffett

A market downturn, doesn't bother us. For us and our long term investors, it is an opportunity to increase our ownership of great companies with great management at good prices. Only for short term investors and market timers is a correction not an opportunity. Warren Buffett

Success in investing doesn't correlate with I.Q. once you're above the level of 125. Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing. Warren Buffett

When they open that envelope, the first instruction is to take my pulse again. Warren Buffett

Well, I think the biggest mistake is not learning the habits of saving properly early. Because saving is a habit. And then, trying to get rich quick. It's pretty easy to get well-to-do slowly. But it's not easy to get rich quick. Warren Buffett

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. Warren Buffett

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