100 Warren Buffett Quotes on Investing, Life and Success
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100 Best Warren Buffett Quotes On Investing, Life & Success

Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors in history. When it comes to investing, wealth or even life, the Berkshire Hathaway founder always finds the right words to lend wisdom and inspiration. We compiled a list of the best 100 Warren Buffett Quotes on Investing, Life & Success. We hope you can learn from it a lot.

Take a look at 100 intelligent and inspiring quotes on investing, life and success from Warren Buffett, one of the wealthiest people in the world.

Warren Buffett Quotes on Investing

“Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No. 1.” – Warren Buffett’s golden rule

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” – In other words, don’t focus on short-term swings in price, focus on the underlying value of your investment.

“Be greedy when others are fearful, and be fearful when others are greedy.”

“Widespread fear is your friend as an investor because it serves up bargain purchases.”

“Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.”

“It’s only when the tide goes out that you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

“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.”

“For the investor, a too-high purchase price for the stock of an excellent company can undo the effects of a subsequent decade of favourable business developments.”

“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.” – One of Buffett’s favourite characteristics to look for in companies he invests in is a durable competitive advantage. This could mean cost advantages, a strong brand name, or something else.

“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”

“Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.” – Only Invest In Wonderful Companies

“Remember that the stock market is a manic depressive.” – Always stay rational.

“It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

“I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.”

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

“You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.”

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

“The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.”

“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.”

“What’s nice about investing is you don’t have to swing at every pitch. The trick in investing is just to sit there and watch pitch after pitch goes by and wait for the one right in your sweet spot.”

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

“I’m no genius, but I’m smart in spots, and I stay around those spots.”

“Beware the investment activity that produces applause; the great moves are usually greeted by yawns.”

“Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.” – Seize Great Opportunities and Load Up the Truck

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing, Never invest in a business you cannot understand.” – High Returns With Low Risk is the Key

“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” – It’s Easier to Look Back Than to Look Into the Future

“If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.”

“If you aren’t thinking about owning a stock for 10 years, don’t even think about owning it for 10 minutes.”

“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.” – Invest for the Long Term

“Calling someone who trades actively in the market an investor is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a romantic.” “The stock market is designed to transfer money from the active to the patient.” – Patience is Key

“Our favourite holding period is forever.”

“An investor should act as though he had a lifetime decision card with just twenty punches on it.”

“The business schools reward difficult complex behaviour more than simple behaviour, but simple behaviour is more effective.” – In my opinion, this is one of the best Warren Buffett quotes of all time.

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

“Forecasts may tell you a great deal about the forecaster; they tell you nothing about the future.”

“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.” – Invest Only in Companies You Understand

“Diversification is protection against ignorance. It makes little sense if you know what you are doing.” “Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.” – Great Investors Don’t Diversify

“We always live in an uncertain world. What is certain is that the United States will go forward over time.” – Trust in the United States Of America, America is the best stock market to invest in and you can be sure that your money will be safe here.

“On the margin of safety, which means, don’t try and drive a 9,800-pound truck over a bridge that says it’s, you know, capacity: 10,000 pounds. But go down the road a little bit and find one that says, capacity: 15,000 pounds.”

“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favourite holding period is forever.”

“Since I know of no way to reliably predict market movements, I recommend that you purchase Berkshire shares only if you expect to hold them for at least five years. Those who seek short-term profits should look elsewhere.”

“All there is to invest is picking good stocks at good times and staying with them as long as they remain good companies.”

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

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minuted to ruin it.” – Buffett considers reputation a priceless asset that should be protected at all times.

“Lose money for the firm, and I will be understanding. Lose a shred of reputation for the firm, and I will be ruthless.”

“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.”

“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.”

“When trillions of dollars are managed by Wall Streeters charging high fees, it will usually be the managers who reap outsized profits, not the clients.”

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

“If returns are going to be 7 or 8 percent and you’re paying 1 percent for fees, that makes an enormous difference in how much money you’re going to have in retirement.”

“The years ahead will occasionally deliver major market declines — even panics — that will affect virtually all stocks. No one can tell you when these traumas will occur.”

“Cash … is to a business as oxygen is to an individual: never thought about when it is present, the only thing in mind when it is absent.” – Warren Buffett on the importance of cash.

“If you like spending six to eight hours per week working on investments, do it. If you don’t, then dollar-cost average into index funds.”

“Don’t watch the market closely, If they’re trying to buy and sell stocks, and worry when they go down a little bit … and think they should maybe sell them when they go up, they’re not going to have very good results.”

“If there’s lots of technology, we won’t understand it.”

“When major declines occur, they offer extraordinary opportunities to those who are not handicapped by debt, No one can tell you when these will happen. The light can at any time go from green to red without pausing at yellow.”

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”   – Invest In Yourself

“I just sit in my office and read all day.”

“One can best prepare themselves for the economic future by investing in your own education. If you study hard and learn at a young age, you will be in the best circumstances to secure your future.”

“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

“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 fewer impulse decisions than most people in the business.” – Warren Buffett is always learning and he’s always spending time on personal development. 

Warren Buffett Quotes on Life

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

“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 fewer impulse decisions than most people in the business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”

“You only have to do very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”

“enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.”

“You cannot make a good deal with a bad person.”

“I measure success by how many people love me.”

Warren Buffett Quotes on Success

“In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.”

“Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you who you’ll turn out to be.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

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

“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.”

“The best thing I did was to choose the right heroes.”

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behaviour is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

“You only have to do very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”

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

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

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

“Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.”

“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.”

“You know… you keep doing the same things and you keep getting the same result over and over again.”

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