Warren Buffett Quotes – Wisdom From a Billionaire



If there’s one person you’ll want to take investing or financial advice from, it’s Warren Buffett. He’s one of the richest men on the planet, and one of the most successful businessmen of all time. He’s got a net worth of about $63 Billion, and when he speaks the world listens.

Lucky for us, Buffett’s happy to chime in whenever the media asks for his opinion and insight. There’s no doubt he’s given the world more than a few valuable pieces of advice, all of which can help an individual or corporation reach higher levels of success if they were only truly taken to heart.

Here are some of Buffett’s very finest quotes, and make sure to check out our infographic highlighting 10 of our favorites along with personal stories from Buffett’s life.

Warren Buffett on Hard Work



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

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

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

“I knew a lot about what I did when I was 20. I had read a lot, and I aspired to learn everything I could about the subject.”

Warren Buffett on Investing

“Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.”

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

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

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

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

“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.”

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

“Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.”

“Beware of geeks bearing formulas.”

“The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.”

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

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

“Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.

“Never invest in a business you cannot understand.”

“Buy a business, don’t rent stocks.”

“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.”

“We have long felt that the only value of stock forecasters is to make fortune-tellers look good.”

“I am a better investor because I am a businessman and a better businessman because I am an investor.”

“The Stock Market is designed to transfer money from the Active to the Patient.”

“By periodically investing in an index fund, the know-nothing investors can actually outperform most investment professionals.”

“The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don’t have to swing at everything – you can wait for your pitch.”

“For some reason, people take their cues from price action rather than from values. What doesn’t work is when you start doing things that you don’t understand or because they worked last week for somebody else. The dumbest reason in the world to buy a stock is because it’s going up.”

“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.”

“When asked how he became so successful in investing, Buffett answered: ‘we read hundreds and hundreds of annual reports every year.”

“The critical investment factor is determining the intrinsic value of a business and paying a fair or bargain price.”

“Diversification may preserve wealth, but concentration builds wealth.”

“I never buy anything unless I can fill out on a piece of paper my reasons. I may be wrong, but I would know the answer to that …I’m paying $32 billion today for the Coca Cola Company because… If you can’t answer that question, you shouldn’t buy it. If you can answer that question, and you do it a few times, you’ll make a lot of money.“

“Anything can happen in stock markets and you ought to conduct your affairs so that if the most extraordinary events happen, that you’re still around to play the next day.“

“Never test the depth of river with both the feet.”

“Do a lot of reading.” – on how to determine the value of a business

Warren Buffett on Life

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

“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.”

“If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further. But I think that people at the high end – people like myself – should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it.”

“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.”

“We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.”

“I really like my life. I’ve arranged my life so that I can do what I want.”

“Never give up searching for the job that you’re passionate about. Try to find the job you’d have if you were independently rich. Forget about the pay. When you’re associating with the people that you love, doing what you love, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

“You won’t keep control of your time, unless you can say ‘no.’ You can’t let other people set your agenda in life.”

“You ought to be able to explain why you’re taking the job you’re taking, why you’re making the investment you’re making, or whatever it may be. And if it can’t stand applying pencil to paper, you’d better think it through some more. And if you can’t write an intelligent answer to those questions, don’t do it.“

“When you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That’s the ultimate test of how you’ve lived your life.”

“Money to some extent sometimes let you be in more interesting environments. But it can’t change how many people love you or how healthy you are.“

“Honesty is very expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people.”

“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 on Investing in Quality Companies

“I do not like debt and do not like to invest in companies that have too much debt, particularly long-term debt. With long-term debt, increases in interest rates can drastically affect company profits and make future cash flows less predictable.“

“A great investment opportunity occurs when a marvelous business encounters a one-time huge, but solvable problem.“

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

“Our favorite holding period is forever.”

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

“Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.”

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

“Buy companies with strong histories of profitability and with a dominant business franchise.”

“Our approach is very much profiting from lack of change rather than from change. With Wrigley chewing gum, it’s the lack of change that appeals to me. I don’t think it is going to be hurt by the Internet. That’s the kind of business I like.”

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

“An investor should ordinarily hold a small piece of an outstanding business with the same tenacity that an owner would exhibit if he owned all of that business.”

Warren Buffett on Business

“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”

“Cash never makes us happy, but it’s better to have the money burning a hole in Berkshire’s pocket than resting comfortably in someone else’s.”

“I have pledged… to always run Berkshire with more than ample cash… I will not trade even a night’s sleep for the chance of extra profits.”

Warren Buffett on Being Frugal

“If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need.”

“Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.”

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