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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

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

- Warren Buffett

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

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

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

Value is what you get.

- Warren Buffett

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

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

Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it’s not going to get the business.

- Warren Buffett

We always live in an uncertain world. What is certain is that the United States will go forward over time.

- Warren Buffett

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

We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds

- Warren Buffett

We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.

- Warren Buffett

We’re still in a recession. We’re not gonna be out of it for a while, but we will get out.

- Warren Buffett

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

What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history.

- Warren Buffett

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

When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.

- Warren Buffett

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

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

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

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

There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.

- Warren Buffett

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

- Warren Buffett

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

- Warren Buffett

Successful Investing takes time, discipline and patience. No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time: You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.

- Warren Buffett

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

t’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

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.

- Warren Buffett

The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.

- Warren Buffett

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.

- Warren Buffett

The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.

- Warren Buffett

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

- Warren Buffett

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

- Warren Buffett

The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect. You need a temperament that neither derives great pleasure from being with the crowd or against the crowd.

- Warren Buffett

The only time to buy these is on a day with no ‘y’ in it.

- Warren Buffett

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

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

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

- Warren Buffett

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

- Warren Buffett

It’s never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but its not always a smooth ride.

- Warren Buffett

Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.

- Warren Buffett

Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that ‘Price is what you pay; value is what you get.’ Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.

- Warren Buffett

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

- Warren Buffett

Lose money for the firm and I will be understanding. Lose a shred of reputation and I will be ruthless.

- Warren Buffett

Make sure your ego lies in the performance of the company, not in the performance of the stock.

- Warren Buffett

Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money

- Warren Buffett

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

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

- Warren Buffett

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

- Warren Buffett

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