Top 100 Investment Lessons By Warren Buffett That Will Make Your Life

Top 100 Investment Lessons By Warren Buffett That Will Make Your Life Investment Quotes by Warren Buffett

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September 17, 2020

Warren Buffett Quotes

Warren Buffett is an investor and business person. He is an American investor, business tycoon, philanthropist, and the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Here are the top 100 quotes by Warren Buffett you should read about. #inspirationalquotes #warrenbuffett #warrenbuffettquotes #quotes #motivationalquotes #motivation #inspiration #inspiringquotes #motivatingquotes #investment #investmentquotes #financequotes #quote

  1. 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.
  2. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
  3. If you aren’t willing to own a stock for ten years, don’t even think about owning it for ten minutes.
  4. Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.
  5. In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
  6. Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.
  7. Widespread fear is your friend as an investor because it serves up bargain purchases.
  8. If you don’t feel comfortable making a rough estimate of the asset’s future earnings, just forget it and move on.
  9. 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.
  10. Predicting rain doesn’t count, building the ark does.
  11. In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Buy companies with strong histories of profitability and with a dominant business franchise.
  16. The best chance to deploy capital is when things are going down.
  17. When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.
  18. 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.
  19. It’s better to have a partial interest in the Hope diamond than to own all of a rhinestone.
  20. Widespread fear is your friend as an investor because it serves up bargain purchases.
  21. I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.
  22. It’s been an ideal period for investors: A climate of fear is their best friend. Those who invest only when commentators are upbeat end up paying a heavy price for meaningless reassurance.
  23. In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
  24. It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price.
  25. Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
  26. You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.
  27. 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.
  28. Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.
  29. Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.
  30. Too-big-to-fail is not a fallback position at Berkshire. Instead, we will always arrange our affairs so that any requirements for cash we may conceivably have will be dwarfed by our own liquidity.
  31. One thing that could help would be to write down the reason you are buying a stock before your purchase. Write down “I am buying Microsoft at $300 billion because…” Force yourself to write this down. It clarifies your mind and discipline.
  32. Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.
  33. If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.
  34. Successful Investing takes time, discipline, and patience. No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time.
  35. We never want to count on the kindness of strangers in order to meet tomorrow’s obligations. When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night’s sleep for the chance of extra profits.
  36. The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.
  37. The best thing I did was to choose the right heroes.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
  41. 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.
  42. The one thing I will tell you is the worst investment you can have is cash. Everybody is talking about cash being king and all that sort of thing. Cash is going to become worth less over time. But good businesses are going to become worth more over time.
  43. I just sit in my office and read all day.
  44. 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.
  45. Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.
  46. Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you who you’ll turn out to be.
  47. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.
  48. I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business.
  49. If past history was all that is needed to play the game of money, the richest people would be librarians.
  50. The stock market is designed to transfer money from the active to the patient.
  51. 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.
  52. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.
  53. 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.
  54. The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.
  55. The most important investment you can make is in yourself.
  56. The stock market is designed to transfer money from the active to the patient.
  57. The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.
  58. Today people who hold cash equivalents feel comfortable. They shouldn’t. They have opted for a terrible long-term asset, one that pays virtually nothing and is certain to depreciate in value.
  59. 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.
  60. Buy into a company because you want to own it, not because you want the stock to go up.
  61. Lose money for the firm, and I will be understanding. Lose a shred of reputation for the firm, and I will be ruthless.
  62. Do not take yearly results too seriously. Instead, focus on four or five-year averages.
  63. The most important investment you can make is in yourself.
  64. Never invest in a business you cannot understand.
  65. 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.
  66. An investor should act as though he had a lifetime decision card with just twenty punches on it.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. You only have to do very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.
  71. Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.
  72. It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.
  73. Don’t get caught up with what other people are doing. Being a contrarian isn’t the key but being a crowd follower isn’t either. You need to detach yourself emotionally.
  74. The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don’t have to swing at everything — you can wait for your pitch.
  75. There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
  76. Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, ‘Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
  77. You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right.
  78. Success in investing doesn’t correlate with IQ … what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.
  79. Diversification is protection against ignorance. It makes little sense if you know what you are doing.
  80. I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think.
  81. 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.
  82. The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.
  83. Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.
  84. I won’t say if my candidate doesn’t win, and probably half the time they haven’t, I’m going to take my ball and go home.
  85. Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No.1
  86. 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.
  87. After 25 years of buying and supervising a great variety of businesses, Charlie and I have not learned how to solve difficult business problems. What we have learned is to avoid them.
  88. There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
  89. Remember that the stock market is a manic depressive.
  90. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
  91. Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.
  92. Speculation is most dangerous when it looks easiest.
  93. Forecasts may tell you a great deal about the forecaster; they tell you nothing about the future.
  94. Beware the investment activity that produces applause; the great moves are usually greeted by yawns.
  95. 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.
  96. Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.
  97. Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies.
  98. 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.
  99. 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.
  100. Keep things simple and don’t swing for the fences. When promised quick profits, respond with a quick no.
  101. 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.
  102. Speculation is most dangerous when it looks easiest.
  103. It is a terrible mistake for investors with long-term horizons — among them pension funds, college endowments and savings-minded individuals — to measure their investment ‘risk’ by their portfolio’s ratio of bonds to stocks.

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