Warren Buffett Quotes on Success, Life, Money, and Investment

Warren Buffett is a legendary investor, business magnate, and philanthropist known for his unique approach to investing and his down-to-earth wisdom. He is considered one of the most successful investors of all time and has amassed a fortune through his investment company, Berkshire Hathaway. But what sets him apart is not just his financial acumen, but also his philosophy on life, success, and money. In this collection of Inspirational Warren Buffett Quotes on Success, Life, Money, and Investment, you will find nuggets of wisdom that can help you in your own journey toward success and fulfillment. From his insights on the importance of integrity and reputation to his advice on how to invest wisely, these quotes offer valuable lessons that can inspire and motivate you to achieve your own goals. So, whether you are an investor, entrepreneur, or just someone looking for inspiration, Warren Buffett’s words of wisdom are sure to leave a lasting impact on you.

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Warren Buffett Quotes on Success

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

2. “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” ― Warren Buffett

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

4. “I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.” ― Warren Buffett

5. “I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.” ― Warren Buffett

6. “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” ― Warren Buffett

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

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

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

10. “Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” ― Warren Buffett

11. “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” ― Warren Buffett

12. “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” ― Warren Buffett

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

14. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

15. “I sent one e-mail in my life. I sent it to Jeff Raikes at Microsoft, and it ended up in court in Minneapolis, so I am one for one.” ― Warren Buffett

16. “If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.” ― Warren Buffett

17. “If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.” ― Warren Buffett

18. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

19. “It’s never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but its not always a smooth ride.” ― Warren Buffett

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

21. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

22. “The best thing I did was to choose the right heroes.” ― Warren Buffett

23. “The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.” ― Warren Buffett

24. “The only way to get love is to be lovable. It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money. You’d like to think you could write a check: ‘I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love.’ But it doesn’t work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.” ― Warren Buffett

25. “Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.” ― Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett Quotes About Life

26. “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

27. “When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.” ― Warren Buffett

28. “You know, people talk about this being an uncertain time. You know, all time is uncertain. I mean, it was uncertain back in – in 2007, we just didn’t know it was uncertain. It was – uncertain on September 10th, 2001. It was uncertain on October 18th, 1987, you just didn’t know it.” ― Warren Buffett

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

30. “Beware of geeks bearing formulas.” ― Warren Buffett

31. “Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.” ― Warren Buffett

32. “I bought a company in the mid-’90s called Dexter Shoe and paid $400 million for it. And it went to zero. And I gave about $400 million worth of Berkshire stock, which is probably now worth $400 billion. But I’ve made lots of dumb decisions. That’s part of the game.” ― Warren Buffett

33. “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

34. “I think the most important factor in getting out of the recession actually is just the regenerative capacity of – of American capitalism.” ― Warren Buffett

35. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

36. “In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.” ― Warren Buffett

37. “Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.” ― Warren Buffett

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

39. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

40. “Our favorite holding period is forever.” ― Warren Buffett

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42. “The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.” ― Warren Buffett

43. “There are 309 million people out there that are trying to improve their lot in life. And we’ve got a system that allows them to do it.” ― Warren Buffett

44. “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” ― Warren Buffett

45. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

46. “We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.” ― Warren Buffett

47. “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.” ― Warren Buffett

48. “When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.” ― Warren Buffett

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

50. “Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.” ― Warren Buffett

Best Warren Buffett Quotes

51. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

52. “Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it’s not going to get the business.” ― Warren Buffett

53. “A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.” ― Warren Buffett

54. “Americans are in a cycle of fear which leads to people not wanting to spend and not wanting to make investments, and that leads to more fear. We’ll break out of it. It takes time.” ― Warren Buffett

55. “Economic medicine that was previously meted out by the cupful has recently been dispensed by the barrel. These once unthinkable dosages will almost certainly bring on unwelcome after-effects. Their precise nature is anyone’s guess, though one likely consequence is an onslaught of inflation.” ― Warren Buffett

56. “I am a huge bull on this country. We will not have a double-dip recession at all. I see our businesses coming back almost across the board.” ― Warren Buffett

57. “I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here.” ― Warren Buffett

58. “I just think that – when a country needs more income and we do, we’re only taking in 15 percent of GDP, I mean, that – that – when a country needs more income, they should get it from the people that have it.” ― Warren Buffett

59. “I think that both parties should declare the debt limit as a political weapon of mass destruction which can’t be used. I mean, it is silly to have a country that has 237 years building up its reputation and then have people threaten to tear it down because they’re not getting some other matter.” ― Warren Buffett

60. “I would say the most satisfying thing actually is watching my three children each pick up on their own interests and work many more hours per week than most people that have jobs at trying to intelligently give away that money in fields that they particularly care about.” ― Warren Buffett

61. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

62. “Risk is a part of God’s game, alike for men and nations.” ― Warren Buffett

63. “The big question about how people behave is whether they’ve got an Inner Scorecard or an Outer Scorecard. It helps if you can be satisfied with an Inner Scorecard.” ― Warren Buffett

64. “The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.” ― Warren Buffett

65. “The only time to buy these is on a day with no ‘y’ in it.” ― Warren Buffett

66. “The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we’ll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.” ― Warren Buffett

67. “The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves – and the better the teacher, the better the student body.” ― Warren Buffett

68. “Value is what you get.” ― Warren Buffett

69. “We always live in an uncertain world. What is certain is that the United States will go forward over time.” ― Warren Buffett

70. “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.’” ― Warren Buffett

71. “We’re still in a recession. We’re not gonna be out of it for a while, but we will get out.” ― Warren Buffett

72. “We’ve used up a lot of bullets. And we talk about stimulus. But the truth is, we’re running a federal deficit that’s 9 percent of GDP. That is stimulative as all get out. It’s more stimulative than any policy we’ve followed since World War II.” ― Warren Buffett

73. “You have no ability, if you’re a financial institution and you’re threatened with criminal prosecution, you have no ability to negotiate.” ― Warren Buffett

74. “Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” ― Warren Buffett

75. “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 business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” ― Warren Buffett

Good Thoughts by Warren Buffett

76. “Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful” ― Warren Buffett

77. “Honesty is a very expensive gift, Don’t expect it from cheap people.” ― Warren Buffett

78. “If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.” ― Warren Buffett

79. “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.” ― Warren Buffett

80. “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” ― Warren Buffett

81. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

82. “There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?” ― Warren Buffett

83. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minuted to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently.” ― Warren Buffett

84. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

85. “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” ― Warren Buffett

86. “You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” ― Warren Buffett

87. “In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.” ― Warren Buffet

88. “It’s nice to have a lot of money, but you know, you don’t want to keep it around forever. I prefer buying things. Otherwise, it’s a little like saving sex for your old age.” ― Warren Buffett

89. “I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.” ― Warren Buffett

90. “Games are won by players who focus on the playing field –- not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.” ― Warren Buffett

91. “If you’ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.” ― Warren Buffett

92. “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection.” ― Warren Buffett

93. “Forecasts may tell you a great deal about the forecaster; they tell you nothing about the future.” ― Warren Buffett

94. “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” ― Warren Buffet

95. “I learned to go into business only with people whom I like, trust, and admire.” ― Warren Buffet

96. “You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with magic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” ― Warren Buffett

97. “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” ― Warren Buffett

98. “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.” ― Warren Buffett

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