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If something is not worth doing at all, it's not worth doing well.
—  Warren Buffett
You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.
—  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
The only time to buy these is on a day with no 'y' in it.
—  Warren Buffett
If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.
—  Warren Buffett
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
—  Warren Buffett
A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.
—  Warren Buffett
In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
—  Warren Buffett
Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
—  Warren Buffett
[The perfect amount of money to leave children is] enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they would do nothing.
—  Warren Buffett
Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
—  Warren Buffett
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
The important thing is to keep playing, to play against weak opponents and to play for big stakes.
—  Warren Buffett
Sometimes you're outside your core competency. Level 3 is one of those times but I've made a bet on the people and I feel I understand the people. There was a time when people made a bet on me.
—  Warren Buffett
The fact that people will be full of greed, fear or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.
—  Warren Buffett
I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.
—  Warren Buffett
We don't get paid for activity, just for being right. As to how long we'll wait, we'll wait indefinitely.
—  Warren Buffett
The strategy we've adopted precludes our following standard diversification dogma. Many pundits would therefore say the strategy must be riskier than that employed by more conventional investors. We disagree. 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.
—  Warren Buffett
Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.
—  Warren Buffett
I don't have a problem with guilt about money. The way I see it is that my money represents an enormous number of claim checks on society. It is like I have these little pieces of paper that I can turn into consumption. If I wanted to, I could hire 10,000 people to do nothing but paint my picture every day for the rest of my life. And the GNP would go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch, and I would be keeping those 10,000 people from doing AIDS research, or teaching, or nursing. I don't do that though. I don't use very many of those claim checks. There's nothing material I want very much. And I'm going to give virtually all of those claim checks to charity when my wife and I die.
—  Warren Buffett
Over the years, Charlie and I have observed many accounting-based frauds of staggering size. Few of the perpetrators have been punished; many have not even been censured. It has been far safer to steal large sums with pen than small sums with a gun.
—  Warren Buffett
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
—  Warren Buffett
Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.
—  Warren Buffett
Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius. But Sir Isaac's talents didn't extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble, explaining later, 'I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men.' If he had not been traumatized by this loss, Sir Isaac might well have gone on to discover the Fourth Law of Motion: For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases.
—  Warren Buffett
If you're in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.
—  Warren Buffett
Take me as an example. I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I'd been born into a tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can't run very fast. I'm not particularly strong. I'd probably end up as some wild animal's dinner.
—  Warren Buffett
Never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results.
—  Warren Buffett
Investors making purchases in an overheated market need to recognize that it may often take an extended period for the value of even an outstanding company to catch up with the price they paid.
—  Warren Buffett
Sometimes you're outside your core competency. Level 3 is one of those times but I've made a bet on the people and I feel I understand the people. There was a time when people made a bet on me.
—  Warren Buffett
There are all kinds of businesses that Charlie and I don't understand, but that doesn't cause us to stay up at night. It just means we go on to the next one, and that's what the individual investor should do.
—  Warren Buffett
When they open that envelope, the first instruction is to take my pulse again.
—  Warren Buffett
Those who attended (the annual meeting) last year saw your Chairman pitch to Ernie Banks. This encounter proved to be the titanic duel that the sports world had long awaited. After the first few pitches...I fired a brushback at Ernie just to let him know who was in command. Ernie charged the mound, and I charged the plate. But a clash was avoided because we became exhausted before reaching each other.
—  Warren Buffett
In a bull market, one must avoid the error of the preening duck that quacks boastfully after a torrential rainstorm, thinking that its paddling skills have caused it to rise in the world. A right-thinking duck would instead compare its position after the downpour to that of the other ducks on the pond.
—  Warren Buffett
A girl in a convertible is worth five in the phonebook.
—  Warren Buffett
The most common cause of low prices is pessimism - some times pervasive, some times 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
Success in investing doesn't correlate with I.Q. once you're above the level of 125. Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.
—  Warren Buffett
Time is the enemy of the poor business and the friend of the great business. If you have a business that's earning 20%-25% on equity, time is your friend. But time is your enemy if your money is in a low return business.
—  Warren Buffett
Ben's Mr. Market allegory may seem out-of-date in today's investment world, in which most professionals and academicians talk of efficient markets, dynamic hedging and betas. Their interest in such matters is understandable, since techniques shrouded in mystery clearly have value to the purveyor of investment advice. After all, what witch doctor has ever achieved fame and fortune by simply advising 'Take two aspirins'?
—  Warren Buffett

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