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Wisdom from Warren Buffett

If you ask someone “who is the world’s greatest investor” there’s a good chance they may answer with “Warren Buffett”. There isn’t a formal award for the world’s greatest investor and there are of course many other deserving professional investors, but one thing is certain: the “Oracle of Omaha” is greatly admired by most in the investment world.


Warren Buffett is often a voice of reason in volatile times. Through the years, Buffett has shared many valuable tidbits of investment wisdom. Like Ben Franklin’s aphorisms in Poor Richard’s Almanac, they are grounded in common sense and memorable. Here are some of our favorite Warren Buffett quotes of all time:


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


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


“If you aren’t thinking about owning a stock for 10 years, don’t even think about owning it for 10 minutes.”


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


“The cemetery for seers has a huge section set aside for macro forecasters.”


A business with terrific economics can be a bad investment if it is bought at too high a price.”


“Games are won by players who focus on the playing field — not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. If you can enjoy Saturdays and Sundays without looking at stock prices, give it a try on weekdays.”


Buffett’s clarity and candor stand out in a financial world marked by jargon. Some of the quotes above are from his annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, and show his genius for distilling investment lessons into plain English. A classic value investor, Buffett is also an optimist. He has never stopped being bullish on America. Buffett’s blend of optimism and pragmatism have helped make him one of the world’s wealthiest people, and the average investor might do very well to keep some of his maxims in mind, day after day.

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