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Best Quotes from Warren Buffett on Investing & Life

Which Warren Buffett Quotes if Your Favorite?
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Warren Edward Buffett was born on August 30, 1930, in Omaha, Nebraska. Buffett’s father, Howard, worked as a stockbroker and served as a U.S. congressman. His mother, Leila Stahl Buffett, was a homemaker. Warren’s life is well documented as he understood the principle of compound interest well-before anyone and therefore, got a massive headstart by investing in undervalued companies.

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More than anything else, he is a phenomenal man with powerful wisdom. His quotes are always thought-provoking. Here are our favorite Warren Buffet quotes. Write down the ones you like & use them for motivation to move you forward.

Warren Buffett Quotes

“Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.” – Warren Buffett Click To Tweet
  1. “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No.1” 
  2. “Beware the investment activity that produces applause; the great moves are usually greeted by yawns.”
  3. “Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.”
  4. “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
  5. “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”
  6. “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price.”
  7. “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.”

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  8. “Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.”
  9. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
  10. “If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%.”
  11. “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”
  12. “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.”
  13. “In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.”
  14. “You know… you keep doing the same things and you keep getting the same result over and over again.”
  15. “Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you who you’ll turn out to be.”
  16. “The best thing I did was to choose the right heroes.”
  17. “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”
  18. “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.”
  19. “The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.”
  20. “…not doing what we love in the name of greed is very poor management of our lives.”
  21. “If past history was all that is needed to play the game of money, the richest people would be librarians.”
  22. “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.”
  23. “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”
  24. “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 less impulse decisions than most people in the business.”
  25. “We always live in an uncertain world. What is certain is that the United States will go forward over time.”
  26. “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.”
  27. “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.”
  28. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
  29. “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.”
  30. “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.”
  31. “I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.”
  32. “You only have to do very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”
  33. “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.”
  34. “Widespread fear is your friend as an investor because it serves up bargain purchases.”
  35. “Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.”
  36. “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”
  37. “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.”
  38. “For the investor, a too-high purchase price for the stock of an excellent company can undo the effects of a subsequent decade of favorable business developments.”
  39. “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.”
  40. “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.”
  41. “You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”
  42. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”
  43. “If you aren’t willing to own a stock for ten years, don’t even think about owning it for ten minutes.”
  44. “When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”
  45. “An investor should act as though he had a lifetime decision card with just twenty punches on it.”
  46. “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.”
  47. “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.”
  48. “All there is to invest is picking good stocks at good times and staying with them as long as they remain good companies.”
  49. “Do not take yearly results too seriously. Instead, focus on four or five-year averages.”
  50. “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.”
  51. “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,”

Top Warren Buffett Stocks

Here are the top 10 Warren Buffett stocks by number of shares held as of June 30.

Warren Buffett Quotes - 53 of the Best Quotes from Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett Quotes
  • Bank of America (BAC), 925 million
  • Coca-Cola (KO), 400 million
  • Kraft Heinz (KHC), 325.6 million
  • Apple (AAPL), 245.2 million
  • Wells Fargo (WFC), 237.6 million
  • American Express (AXP), 151.6 million
  • U.S. Bancorp (USB), 131.9 million
  • General Motors (GM), 74.7 million
  • Bank of New York Mellon (BK), 72.4 million
  • Sirius XM (SIRI), 50 million
  • Source: Investors.com

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