Warren Buffett Quotes & Wallpapers

Warren Buffett
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We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful. Warren Buffett

I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me. Warren Buffett

It is better to point out your own mistakes than have somebody else do it. Warren Buffett

I won't close down a business of subnormal profitability merely to add a fraction of a point to our corporate returns. I also feel it inappropriate for even an exceptionally profitable company to fund an operation once it appears to have unending losses in prospect. Adam Smith would disagree with my first proposition and Karl Marx would disagree with my second; the middle ground is the only position that leaves me comfortable. Warren Buffett

It's a lot easier to buy things than it is to sell them. Warren Buffett

In the end we must have people to match our principles, not the reverse. Warren Buffett

What an investor needs is the ability to correctly evaluate selected businesses. Note that word "selected": You don't have to be an expert on every company, or even many. You only have to be able to evaluate companies within your circle of competence. The size of that circle is not very important; knowing its boundaries, however, is vital. Warren Buffett

You know, people talk about this being an uncertain time. You know, all time is uncertain. I mean, it was uncertain back in - in 2007, we just didn't know it was uncertain. It was - uncertain on September 10th, 2001. It was uncertain on October 18th, 1987, you just didn't know it. Warren Buffett

We've used up a lot of bullets. And we talk about stimulus. But the truth is, we're running a federal deficit that's 9 percent of GDP. That is stimulative as all get out. It's more stimulative than any policy we've followed since World War II. Warren Buffett

We've seen what about 50% of our human capacity can accomplish. Visualize what 100% can do. Warren Buffett

Would your reply possibly be this? Well, it all depends on what my tax rate will be on the gain you're saying we're going to make. If the taxes are too high, I would rather leave the money in my savings account, earning a quarter of 1 percent. Only in Grover Norquist's imagination does such a response exist. Warren Buffett

I like to go for cinches. I like to shoot fish in a barrel. But I like to do it after the water has run out. Warren Buffett

When bills come due, only cash is legal tender. Don't leave home without it. Warren Buffett

Writing a check separates a commitment from a conversation. Warren Buffett

Forecasts may tell you a great deal about the forecaster; they tell you nothing about the future. Warren Buffett

You'd get very rich if you thought of yourself as having a card with only twenty punches in a lifetime, and every financial decision used up one punch. You'd resist the temptation to dabble. You'd make more good decisions and you'd make more big decisions. Warren Buffett

Other guys read Playboy. I read annual reports. Warren Buffett

The stock market is a wonderfully efficient mechanism for transferring wealth from the impatient to the patient. Warren Buffett

You're dealing with a lot of silly people in the marketplace; it's like a great big casino and everyone else is boozing. If you can stick with Pepsi, you should be O.K. Warren Buffett

The American economy is going to do fine. But it won't do fine every year and every week and every month. I mean, if you don't believe that, forget about buying stocks anyway... It's a positive-sum game, long term. And the only way an investor can get killed is by high fees or by trying to outsmart the market. Warren Buffett

Buy a cross section of American industry, and if a cross section of American industry doesn't work, certainly trying to pick the little beauties here and there isn't going to work either. Warren Buffett

Our system works. Over time, people will live better and better. We have a system that unleashes human potential, and now China has a system that unleashes human potential. We will have interruptions. We overshoot and undershoot sometimes, but your kids and grandkids will live better than you. Over time, we move ahead at a pretty damn rapid rate. Warren Buffett

... it's important to have the right monetary policy. It's important for, to have the right fiscal policy. But it's nowhere near as important as just the normal regenerative capacity of American capitalism. Warren Buffett

First come the innovators, then come the imitators, then come the idiots. Warren Buffett

Our marketable equities tell us by their operating results - not by their daily, or even yearly, price quotations - whether our investments are successful. The market may ignore business success for a while, but eventually will confirm it. Warren Buffett

One of the ironies of the stock market is the emphasis on activity. Brokers, using terms such as 'marketability' and 'liquidity,' sing the praises of companies with high share turnover... but investors should understand that what is good for the croupier is not good for the customer. A hyperactive stock market is the pick pocket of enterprise. Warren Buffett

Never depend on a single source of income. Warren Buffett

Emotional makeup is more important than technical skill Warren Buffett

The .350 hitter expects, and also deserves, a big payoff for his performance - even if he plays for a cellar-dwelling team. And a .150 hitter should get no reward - even if he plays for a pennant winner. Warren Buffett

Many stock options in the corporate world have worked in exactly that fashion: they have gained in value simply because management retained earnings, not because it did well with the capital in its hands. Warren Buffett

Is management rational? Warren Buffett

Do not take yearly results too seriously. Instead, focus on four or five-year averages. Warren Buffett

Benign neglect, bordering on sloth, remains the hallmark of our investment process. Warren Buffett

It's never paid to bet against America. Warren Buffett

Every company that has an economist working for him has one employee too many. Warren Buffett

If you do' 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 is' necessary; you only need to understand the actions you undertake. Warren Buffett

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

When people tell me they've learned from experience, I tell them the trick is to learn from other people's experience. Warren Buffett

You do have to have an emotional stability and an inner peace about your decisions. It is a game where you are bombarded by minute-by-minute opinions. It's not a complicated game. It's simple, but it's not easy. You have to have an emotional stability. Warren Buffett

In some corner of the world they are probably still holding regular meetings of the Flat Earth Society. We derive no comfort because important people, vocal people, or great numbers of people agree with us. Nor do we derive comfort if they don't. Warren Buffett

I do know that when I am 60, I should be attempting to achieve different personal goals than those which had priority at age 20. Warren Buffett

Failure comes from ego, greed, envy, fear, imitation. I have success not because I am smart, but because I am rational. Warren Buffett

Focus alone is not enough; putting in the time to commit is also crucial to achieve success. Warren Buffett

The key to investing is not assessing how much an industry is going to affect society, or how much it will grow, but rather determining the competitive advantage of any given company and, above all, the durability of that advantage. Warren Buffett

The trick is, when there is nothing to do, do nothing. Warren Buffett

Don't risk what is important to you, to get what is not important to you. Warren Buffett

Cash combined with courage in a time of crisis is priceless. Warren Buffett

In economics, you always want to ask 'And then what?' Warren Buffett

It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results. Warren Buffett

Successful Investing takes time, discipline and patience. No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time: You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant. Warren Buffett

Investors should remember that their scorecard is not computed using Olympic-diving methods: Degree-of-difficulty doesn't count. If you are right about a business whole value is largely dependent on a single key factor that is both easy to understand and enduring, the payoff is the same as if you had correctly analyzed an investment alternative characterized by many constantly shifting and complex variables. Warren Buffett

You're neither right nor wrong because other people agree with you. You're right because your facts are right and your reasoning is right - that's the only thing that makes you right. And if your facts and reasoning are right, you don't have to worry about anybody else. Warren Buffett

I have no idea on timing. It's easier to tell what will happen than when it will happen. I would say that what is going on in terms of trade policy is going to have very important consequences. Warren Buffett

The important thing is to keep playing, to play against weak opponents and to play for big stakes. Warren Buffett

In other words, the percentage change in book value in any given year is likely to be reasonably close to that year's change in intrinsic value. Warren Buffett

The greater the potential for reward in the value portfolio, the less risk there is. Warren Buffett

Beware [of] the investment activity that produces applause; the great moves are usually greeted by yawns. Warren Buffett

Investors have to remember: corporate profits are going up, but stocks are going up faster. How can that continue indefinitely? Investors can only earn what companies themselves can earn; the government or the markets themselves don't kick anything in. How can you get anything more out of a farm than what it grows? Warren Buffett

If you gave me $100 billion and said take away the soft drink leadership of Coca-Cola in the world, I'd give it back to you and say it can't be done. Warren Buffett

If the world couldn't see your results, would you rather be thought of as the world's greatest investor but in reality have the world's worst record? Or be thought of as the world's worst investor when you were actually the best? Warren Buffett

Businesses always have opportunities to improve service, product lines, manufacturing techniques, and the like, and obviously these opportunities should be seized. But a business that constantly encounters major change also encounters many chances for major error Warren Buffett

Honesty is a very expensive gift, Don't expect it from cheap people. Warren Buffett

I was lucky to have the right heroes. Tell me who your heroes are and I'll tell you how you'll turn out to be. The qualities of the one you admire are the traits that you, with a little practice, can make your own, and that, if practiced, will become habit forming. Warren Buffett

People always ask me where they should go to work, and I always tell them to go to work for whom they admire the most. Warren Buffett

I'd rather have a $10 million business making 15 per cent than a $100 million business making 5 per cent. Warren Buffett

I've often felt there might be more to be gained by studying business failures than business successes. Warren Buffett

You could be somewhere where the mail was delayed three weeks and do just fine investing. Warren Buffett

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

Never give up searching for the job that you're passionate about. Try to find the job you"d have if you were independently rich. Forget about the pay. When you're associating with the people that you love, doing what you love, it does' get any better than that. Warren Buffett

If you hit a hole in one every hole, you would' play golf for very long. Warren Buffett



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