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Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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... 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
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First come the innovators, then come the imitators, then come the idiots. Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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Never depend on a single source of income. 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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Every company that has an economist working for him has one employee too many. Warren Buffett
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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
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It's not that I want money. It's the fun of making money and watching it grow. 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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When people tell me they've learned from experience, I tell them the trick is to learn from other people's experience. 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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The greater the potential for reward in the value portfolio, the less risk there is. Warren Buffett
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Emotional makeup is more important than technical skill 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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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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Never risk what you have and need for what we don't have and don't need. Warren Buffett
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To win, the first thing you have to do is not lose. Warren Buffett
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Mr. Market is your servant, not your guide. Warren Buffett
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I learned to go into business only with people whom I like, trust, and admire. Warren Buffett
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Having first rate people on the team is more important than designing hierarchies and clarifying who reports to whom. Warren Buffett
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I would rather sustain the penalties resulting from over-conservatism than face the consequences of error, perhaps with permanent capital loss, resulting from the adoption of "New Era" philosophy where trees really do grow to the sky. Warren Buffett
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My net worth is the market value of holdings less the tax payable upon sale. The liability is just as real as the asset unless the value of the asset declines (ouch), the asset is given away (no comment), or I die with it. The latter course of action would appear to at least border on a Pyrrhic victory. Warren Buffett
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It is to our advantage to have securities do nothing price-wise for months, or perhaps years, while we are buying them. Warren Buffett
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In my opinion, the entire field of investment management, involving hundreds of billions of dollars, would be more satisfactorily conducted if everyone had a good yardstick for measurement of ability and sensibly applied it. Warren Buffett
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Market price, while used exclusively to value our investments in minority positions, is not a relevant factor when applied to our controlling interests. Warren Buffett
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The dominant factors affecting control valuations are earning power (past and prospective) and asset values. Warren Buffett
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I have always cautioned partners that I considered three years a minimum in determining whether we were "performing". Warren Buffett
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I certainly have no desire to sell a good controlled business run by people I like and admire, merely to obtain a fancy price. However, specific conditions may cause the sale of one operating unit at some point. Warren Buffett
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Our policy is to concentrate holdings. We try to avoid buying a little of this or that when we are only lukewarm about the business or its price. When we are convinced as to attractiveness, we believe in buying worthwhile amounts. Warren Buffett
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Having a large amount of leverage is like driving a car with a dagger on the steering wheel pointed at your heart. If you do that, you will be a better driver. There will be fewer accidents but when they happen, they will be fatal. Warren Buffett
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Focus on return on equity, not earnings per share. Warren Buffett
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The advice "you never go broke taking a profit" is foolish. Warren Buffett
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Does the business have favourable long term prospects? Warren Buffett
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Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. Warren Buffett
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If I eat 2,700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola, Warren Buffett
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Investing is not as tough as being a top-notch bridge player. All it takes is the ability to see things as they really are. Warren Buffett
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If this is a war, my side has the nuclear bomb. We have K Street. We have Wall Street. Debbie doesn't have anybody. I want a government that is responsive to the people who got the short straw in life. Warren Buffett
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When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night's sleep for the chance of extra profits. Warren Buffett
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It's much easier to stay out of trouble now than to get out of trouble later. Warren Buffett
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I never invest in anything that I don't understand. Warren Buffett
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I have an 800 [freephone] number now that I call if I get the urge to buy an airline stock. I call at two in the morning and I say: "My name is Warren and I'm an aeroholic." And then they talk me down. Warren Buffett
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Beware of geeks bearing formulas. Warren Buffett
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Our favorite holding period is forever. Warren Buffett
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I think the most important factor in getting out of the recession actually is just the regenerative capacity of - of American capitalism. Warren Buffett
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I am a huge bull on this country. We will not have a double-dip recession at all. I see our businesses coming back almost across the board. Warren Buffett
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Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre. Warren Buffett
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I just think that - when a country needs more income and we do, we're only taking in 15 percent of GDP, I mean, that - that - when a country needs more income, they should get it from the people that have it. Warren Buffett
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We always live in an uncertain world. What is certain is that the United States will go forward over time. Warren Buffett
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Economic medicine that was previously meted out by the cupful has recently been dispensed by the barrel. These once unthinkable dosages will almost certainly bring on unwelcome after-effects. Their precise nature is anyone's guess, though one likely consequence is an onslaught of inflation. Warren Buffett
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If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further. But I think that people at the high end - people like myself - should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we've ever had it. Warren Buffett
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In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. Warren Buffett
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It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price. Warren Buffett
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My father was the best person i've ever known. Warren Buffett
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We've long felt that the only value of stock forecasters is to make fortune tellers look good. Even now, Charlie and I continue to believe that short-term market forecasts are poison and should be kept locked up in a safe place, away from children and also from grown-ups who behave in the market like children. Warren Buffett
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An argument is made that there are just too many question marks about the near future; wouldn't it be better to wait until things clear up a bit? You know the prose: "Maintain buying reserves until current uncertainties are resolved," etc. Before reaching for that crutch, face up to two unpleasant facts: The future is never clear and you pay a very high price for a cheery consensus. Uncertainty actually is the friend of the buyer of long-term values. Warren Buffett
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In one way, I'm sympathetic to the institutional reluctance to face the music. I'd give a lot to mark my weight to 'model' rather than to 'market.' Warren Buffett
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Energy deregulation will be the largest transfer of wealth in history. Warren Buffett
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Your money can be inflated away but your knowledge and talent cannot. Warren Buffett
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