Quotations by Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett, American investor, businessman and philanthropist

Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930, in Omaha, Nebraska), is regarded as one of the world's greatest stock market investors, and is the largest shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway . With an estimated net worth of around USD 62 billion, he was ranked by Forbes as the richest person in the world as of February 11, 2008. (Source: Wikipedia)


Warren Buffett
  1. A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.

  2. Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.

  3. Great investment opportunities come around when excellent companies are surrounded by unusual circumstances that cause the stock to be misappraised.

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

  5. I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here.

  6. I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.

  7. I don't look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.

  8. 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.

  9. I violated the Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn't count; building arks does.

  10. If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.

  11. If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.

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

  13. It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.

  14. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.

  15. Let us do or die.

  16. Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.

  17. 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.

  18. Never invest in a business you cannot understand.

  19. Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.

  20. Only buy something that you'd be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.

  21. Our favorite holding period is forever.

  22. Our favourite holding period is forever.

  23. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

  24. Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.

  25. Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.

  26. The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.

  27. The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.

  28. The investor of today does not profit from yesterday's growth.

  29. The only time to buy these is on a day with no "y" in it.

  30. 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.

  31. There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.

  32. We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.

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

  34. When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.

  35. Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful".

  36. Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.

  37. 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.

  38. You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.

  39. Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business.


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