50 Brilliant Warren Buffet Quotes on Investing

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  1. Never invest in a business you can’t understand.
  2. The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.
  3. A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing.
  4. Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No. 1
  5. Cash never makes us happy. It’s better to have the money burning a hole in Berkshire’s pocket than resting comfortably in someone else’s.
  6. The business schools reward difficult complex behaviour more than simple behaviour, but simple behaviour is more effective.
  7. Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
  8. I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars; I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over.
  9. Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.
  10. If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.
  11. Beware of geeks bearing formulas.
  12. I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.
  13. We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.
  14. The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.
  15. Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction
  16. Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.
  17. If you are in a poker game and after 20 minutes you don’t know who the patsy is, then you’re the patsy.
  18. Our favourite holding period is forever.
  19. Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.
  20. Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, ‘Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
  21. I get to do what I like to do every single day of the year.
  22. Focus on your customers and lead your people as though their lives depend on your success.
  23. Risk is a part of God’s game, alike for men and nations.
  24. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
  25. In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
  26. The smarter the journalists are, the better off the society is to a degree. People read the press to inform themselves; and the better the teacher, the better the student body.
  27. Only when you combine sound intellect with emotional discipline do you get rational behaviour.
  28. We’ve used derivatives for many, many years. I don’t think derivatives are evil, per se, I think they are dangerous. So we use lots of things daily that are dangerous, but we generally pay some attention to how they’re used. We tell the cars how fast they can go.
  29. There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
  30. I have no idea on timing. It’s easier to tell what will happen than when it will happen. I would say that what is going on in terms of trade policy is going to have very important consequences.
  31. If past history was all that is needed to play the game of money, the richest people would be librarians.
  32. 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.
  33. You only have to do very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.
  34. 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.
  35. We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.
  36. Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.
  37. It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.
  38. It’s class warfare; my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be.
  39. We believe that according the name ‘investors’ to institutions that trade actively is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a ‘romantic’.
  40. I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on assumption they could close the market the next day and not re-open it for five years.
  41. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.
  42. Can you really explain to a fish what it’s like to walk on land? One day on land is worth a thousand years of talking about it, and one day running a business has exactly the same kind of value.
  43. Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.
  44. Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.
  45. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
  46. Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.
  47. If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%.
  48. 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.
  49. Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.
  50. 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.

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