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Warren Buffett
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The truth is, everything that has happened in my life... that I thought was a crushing event at the time, has turned out for the better. Warren Buffett
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Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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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
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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
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A single year's performance is of minor importance and, good or bad, should never be taken seriously. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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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
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If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy. Warren Buffett
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Writing a check separates a commitment from a conversation. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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Is management rational? Warren Buffett
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Do not take yearly results too seriously. Instead, focus on four or five-year averages. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The trick is, when there is nothing to do, do nothing. Warren Buffett
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Don't risk what is important to you, to get what is not important to you. Warren Buffett
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Cash combined with courage in a time of crisis is priceless. Warren Buffett
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Failure comes from ego, greed, envy, fear, imitation. I have success not because I am smart, but because I am rational. Warren Buffett
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Focus alone is not enough; putting in the time to commit is also crucial to achieve success. Warren Buffett
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In economics, you always want to ask 'And then what?' Warren Buffett
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It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The important thing is to keep playing, to play against weak opponents and to play for big stakes. Warren Buffett
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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
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The greater the potential for reward in the value portfolio, the less risk there is. Warren Buffett
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Benign neglect, bordering on sloth, remains the hallmark of our investment process. Warren Buffett
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It's never paid to bet against America. Warren Buffett
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Emotional makeup is more important than technical skill Warren Buffett
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Investors should be skeptical of history-based models. Constructed by a nerdy-sounding priesthood using esoteric terms such as beta, gamma, sigma and the like, these models tend to look impressive. Too often, though, investors forget to examine the assumptions behind the models. Beware of geeks bearing formulas. Warren Buffett
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If you are a professional and have confidence, then I would advocate lots of concentration. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked. Warren Buffett
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Beware [of] the investment activity that produces applause; the great moves are usually greeted by yawns. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves - and the better the teacher, the better the student body. Warren Buffett
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Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business. Warren Buffett
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The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule. Warren Buffett
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Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing. Warren Buffett
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Only buy something that you'd be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years. Warren Buffett
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Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it. Warren Buffett
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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
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It's simply to say that managers and investors alike must understand that accounting numbers are the beginning, not the end, of business valuation. Warren Buffett
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Instead, we try to apply Aesop's 2,600-year-old equation to opportunities in which we have reasonable confidence as to how many birds are in the bush and when they will emerge (a formulation that my grandsons would probably update to A girl in a convertible is worth five in the phonebook.). Warren Buffett
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I'd rather have a $10 million business making 15 per cent than a $100 million business making 5 per cent. Warren Buffett
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I've often felt there might be more to be gained by studying business failures than business successes. Warren Buffett
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You could be somewhere where the mail was delayed three weeks and do just fine investing. Warren Buffett
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Whether we"re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down. Warren Buffett
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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
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If you hit a hole in one every hole, you would' play golf for very long. Warren Buffett
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My job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action. Warren Buffett
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A fool and his money are soon invited everywhere. Warren Buffett
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If you buy the things you don't need, you will soon be selling the things that you need. Warren Buffett
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It makes no difference to a widow with her savings in a 5 percent passbook account whether she pays 100 percent income tax on her interest income during a period of zero inflation or pays no income tax during years of 5 percent inflation. Either way, she is 'taxed' in a manner that leaves her no real income whatsoever. Any money she spends comes right out of capital. She would find outrageous a 100 percent income tax but doesn't seem to notice that 5 percent inflation is the economic equivalent. Warren Buffett
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You have to turn over a lot of rocks to find those little anomalies. You have to find the companies that are off the map - way off the map. Warren Buffett
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You have to turn over a lot of rocks to find those little anomalies. You have to find the companies that are off the map - way off the map. You may find local companies that have nothing wrong with them at all. A company that I found, Western Insurance Securities, was trading for $3/share when it was earning $20/share! I tried to buy up as much of it as possible. No one will tell you about these businesses. You have to find them. Warren Buffett
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You will be right, over the course of many transactions, if your hypotheses are correct, your facts are correct, and your reasoning is correct. True conservatism is only possible through knowledge and reason. Warren Buffett
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