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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
  • The stock market is designed to transfer money from the active to the patient. ― Warren Buffett
  • Buy a stock the way you would buy a house. Understand and like it such that you’d be content to own it in the absence of any market. ― Warren Buffett
  • If you aren’t thinking about owning a stock for 10 years, don’t even think about owning it for 10 minutes. ― Warren Buffett
  • Assiduity is the ability to sit on your ass and do nothing until a great opportunities presents itself. ― Warren Buffett
  • I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years. ― Warren Buffett
  • Remember that the stock market is a manic depressive. ― Warren Buffett

Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years. ― Warren Buffett

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

Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.― Warren Buffett


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

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. ― Warren Buffett

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. ― Warren Buffett

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

When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever. ― Warren Buffett


Never invest in a business you cannot understand. ― Warren Buffett

Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre. ― Warren Buffett

Honesty is a very expensive gift, don’t expect it from cheap people. ― Warren Buffett

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. ― Warren Buffett

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. ― Warren Buffett


It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price. ― Warren Buffett

Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill. ― Warren Buffett

Charlie and I would follow a buy-and-hold policy even if we ran a tax-exempt institution. ― Warren Buffett

It’s only when the tide goes out that you discover who’s been swimming naked. ― Warren Buffett

If a business does well, the stock eventually follows. ― Warren Buffett


Calling someone who trades actively in the market an investor is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a romantic. ― Warren Buffett

Our favorite holding period is forever. ― 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

An investor should act as though he had a lifetime decision card with just twenty punches on it. ― Warren Buffett

I call investing 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 lost. All day you wait for the pitch you like; then when the fielders are asleep, you step up and hit it. ― Warren Buffett


You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing. ― Warren Buffett

Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, ‘Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.’― Warren Buffett

The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. ― Warren Buffett

There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult. ― Warren Buffett

You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. ― Warren Buffett


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

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

I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. ― Warren Buffett

Diversification is protection against ignorance. It makes little sense if you know what you are doing. ― Warren Buffett

What counts for most people in investing is not how much they know, but rather how realistically they define what they don’t know. ― Warren Buffett


Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing. ― Warren Buffett

There is nothing wrong with a ‘know nothing’ investor who realizes it. The problem is when you are a ‘know nothing’ investor but you think you know something. ― Warren Buffett

Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble. ― Warren Buffett

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ. ― Warren Buffett

We always live in an uncertain world. What is certain is that the United States will go forward over time. ― Warren Buffett


We make no attempt to pick the few winners that will emerge from an ocean of unproven enterprises. We’re not smart enough to do that, and we know it. 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. ― Warren Buffett

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

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

If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster. ― Warren Buffett

Stocks of companies selling commodity-like products should come with a warning label: ‘Competition may prove hazardous to human wealth.’― Warren Buffett


Basically, when you get to my age, you’ll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. ― Warren Buffett

A horse that can count to ten is a remarkable horse—not a remarkable mathematician. ― Warren Buffett

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. ― Warren Buffett

Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway. ― Warren Buffett

Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that ‘Price is what you pay; value is what you get.’ Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down. ― Warren Buffett


If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%. ― Warren Buffett

For the investor, a too-high purchase price for the stock of an excellent company can undo the effects of a subsequent decade of favorable business developments. ― Warren Buffett

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. ― Warren Buffett

Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You can’t buy what is popular and do well. ― Warren Buffett

In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love. ― Warren Buffett


The best thing that happens to us is when a great company gets into temporary trouble…We want to buy them when they’re on the operating table. ― Warren Buffett

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

Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful. ― Warren Buffett

Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you who you’ll turn out to be. ― Warren Buffett

So smile when you read a headline that says ‘Investors lose as market falls.’ Edit it in your mind to ‘Disinvestors lose as market falls—but investors gain.’ Though writers often forget this truism, there is a buyer for every seller and what hurts one necessarily helps the other. ― Warren Buffett


The most common cause of low prices is pessimism—sometimes pervasive, sometimes specific to a company or industry. We want to do business in such an environment, not because we like pessimism but because we like the prices it produces. It’s optimism that is the enemy of the rational buyer. ― Warren Buffett

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. ― Warren Buffett

Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks. ― Warren Buffett

The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. ― Warren Buffett

The most important investment you can make is in yourself. ― Warren Buffett


Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. ― Warren Buffett

When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night’s sleep for the chance of extra profits. ― Warren Buffett

Keep all your eggs in one basket, but watch that basket closely. ― Warren Buffett

Diversification is a protection against ignorance. It makes very little sense for those who know what they’re doing. ― Warren Buffett

We believe that a policy of portfolio concentration may well decrease risk if it raises, as it should, both the intensity with which an investor thinks about a business and the comfort-level he must feel with its economic characteristics before buying into it. In stating this opinion, we define risk, using dictionary terms, as the possibility of loss or injury. ― Warren Buffett


It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who has been swimming naked. ― Warren Buffett

When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results. ― Warren Buffett

I’ve seen more people fail because of liquor and leverage – leverage being borrowed money. You really don’t need leverage in this world much. If you’re smart, you’re going to make a lot of money without borrowing. ― Warren Buffett

I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute. ― 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


Never give up searching for the job that you are passionate about. ― Warren Buffett

…not doing what we love in the name of greed is very poor management of our lives. ― Warren Buffett

I learned to go into business only with people whom I like, trust, and admire. ― Warren Buffett

There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age? ― Warren Buffett

I’m not interested in cars and my goal is not to make people envious. Don’t confuse the cost of living with the standard of living. ― Warren Buffett


Do not save what is left after spending; instead spend what is left after saving. ― Warren Buffett

If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need. ― Warren Buffett

Imagine that you had a car and that was the only car you’d have for your entire lifetime. Of course, you’d care for it well, changing the oil more frequently than necessary, driving carefully, etc. Now, consider that you only have one mind and one body. Prepare them for life, care for them. You can enhance your mind over time. A person’s main asset is themselves, so preserve and enhance yourself. ― 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

Writing a check separates a commitment from a conversation. ― 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

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

If your employees, including your CEO, wish to give to their alma maters or other institutions to which they feel a personal attachment, we believe they should use their own money, not yours. ― Warren Buffett

I believe in giving my kids enough so they can do anything, but not so much that they can do nothing. ― Warren Buffett

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


In the 54 years (Charlie Munger and I) have worked together, we have never forgone an attractive purchase because of the macro or political environment, or the views of other people. In fact, these subjects never come up when we make decisions. ― Warren Buffett

The best thing is to learn from other guy’s mistakes. [General George S.] Patton used to say, “It’s an honor to die for your country; make sure the other guy gets the honor.” There are a lot of mistakes that I’ve repeated. The biggest one, the biggest category over time, is being reluctant to pay up a little for a business that I knew was really outstanding. ― Warren Buffett

What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history. ― Warren Buffett

If past history was all that is needed to play the game of money, the richest people would be librarians. ― Warren Buffett

Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. ― 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

What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end. ― Warren Buffett

The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect. You need a temperament that neither derives great pleasure from being with the crowd or against the crowd. ― 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

Intensity is the price of excellence. ― Warren Buffett


I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over. ― Warren Buffett

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

Games are won by players who focus on the playing field –- not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. ― Warren Buffett

You shouldn’t own common stocks if a 50% decrease in their value in a short period of time would cause you acute distress. ― Warren Buffett

I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them because sooner or later, one will. ― Warren Buffett


In the long run managements stressing accounting appearance over economic substance usually achieve little of either. ― Warren Buffett

Culture, more than rule books, determines how an organization behaves. ― Warren Buffett

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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