100 Best Warren Buffett Quotes

Warren Buffett Quotes

When you need motivation and inspiration in life struggles, who best to give you those than one of world’s richest men Warren BuffettI compiled this Warren Buffett quotes that will surely inspire and motivate you towards greatness.

100 Best Warren Buffett Quotes



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

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“Reliance Insurance and Home Insurance were run into the ground, for example, their promises proved to be worthless.”

― 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


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

― Warren Buffett


“History teaches us that a crisis often causes problems to correlate in a manner undreamed of in more tranquil times.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“I would rather be certain of a good result than hopeful of a great one.”

― Warren Buffett


“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


“We prefer: large purchases (at least $5 million of after-tax  earnings), demonstrated consistent earning power (future projections are of little interest to us, nor are “turn-around” situations), businesses earning good returns on equity while employing little or no debt, management in place (we can’t supply it), simple businesses (if there’s lots of technology, we won’t understand it), an offering price (we don’t want to waste our time or that of the seller by talking, even preliminarily, about a transaction when price is unknown).”

― Warren Buffett


“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


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

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“When “dumb” money acknowledges its limitations, it ceases to be dumb.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“Go to bed a little smarter each day.”

― Warren Buffett


“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


“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


“In business, I look for economic castles protected by unreachable moats.”

― Warren Buffett


“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


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

― Warren Buffett


“The key is having more information than the other guy – then analysing it right and using it rationally.”

― Warren Buffett


“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


“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


“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


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

― Warren Buffett


“A line from Bobby Bare’s country song explains what too often happens with acquisitions: “I’ve never gone to bed with an ugly woman, but I’ve sure woke up with a few.”

― Warren Buffett


“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


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

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffet


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

― Warren Buffett


“Cash, though, is to a business as oxygen is to an individual: never thought about when it is present, the only thing in mind when it is absent.”

― Warren Buffett


“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


“It is madness to risk losing what you need in pursuing what you simply desire.”

― Warren Buffett


“I do know that when I am 60, I should be attempting to achieve different personal goals than those which had priority at age 20.”

― Warren Buffett


“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


“It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.”

― Warren Buffett


“People always ask me where they should go to work, and I always tell them to go to work for whom they admire the most.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffet


“In insurance, as elsewhere, the reaction of weak managements to weak operations is often weak accounting. (“It’s difficult for an empty sack to stand upright.”)”

― Warren Buffett


“Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you how you’ll turn out to be.”

― Warren Buffett


“Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.”

― Warren Buffett


“We set no volume goals in our insurance business generally—and certainly not in reinsurance—as virtually any volume can be achieved if profitability standards are ignored.”

― Warren Buffett


“Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill. ”

― Warren Buffett


“Read 500 pages like this every week. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest.”

― Warren Buffett


“Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble”

― Warren Buffett


“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


“I want to give my kids just enough so that they would feel that they could do anything, but not so much that they would feel like doing nothing.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“You know … you keep doing the same things and you keep getting the same result over and over again.”

― Warren Buffett


“Diversification is protection against ignorance. It makes little sense if you know what you are doing.”

― Warren Buffett


“Look for a job you would take if you didn’t need a job.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“If you buy things you don’t need, soon you will have to sell things you need.”

― Warren Buffett


“I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“It is not greed that drives the world but envy.”

― Warren Buffett


“A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”

― Warren Buffett


“In the long run managements stressing accounting appearance over economic substance usually achieve little of either.”

― Warren Buffett


“Writing a check separates a commitment from a conversation.”

― Warren Buffett


“If past history was all that is needed to play the game of money, the richest people would be librarians.”

― Warren Buffett


“Don’t work for money, make money work for you.”

― Warren Buffett


“Intensity is the price of excellence.”

― Warren Buffett


“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideals come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an ideal next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“…not doing what we love in the name of greed is very poor management of our lives.”

― Warren Buffet


“I’ve never believed in risking what my family and friends have and need in order to pursue what they don’t have and don’t need.”

― Warren Buffett


“Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source.”

― Warren Buffett


“It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.”

― Warren E. Buffett


“A good business is not always a good purchase – although it’s a good place to look for one.”

― Warren Buffett


“Having firstrate people on the team is more important than designing hierarchies and clarifying who reports to whom”

― Warren Buffett


“What the wise man does in the beginning, the fool does in the end”

― Warren Buffett


“If you can’t tell whose side someone is on, they are not on yours.”

― Warren Buffett


“If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But, if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“But then it dawned on me that the opinion of someone who is always wrong has its own special utility to decision-makers.”

― Warren Buffett


“If you are investing in your education and you are learning, you should do that as early as you possibly can, because then it will have time to compound over the longest period.

And that the things you do learn and invest in should be knowledge that is cumulative, so that the knowledge builds on itself.

So instead of learning something that might become obsolete tomorrow, like some particular type of software [that no one even uses two years later], choose things that will make you smarter in 10 or 20 years.”

― Warren Buffett


“What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact.”

― Warren Buffett


“It’s not that I want money. It’s the fun of making money and watching it grow.”

― Warren Buffett


“For Buffett, managers are stewards of shareholder capital. The best managers think like owners in making business decisions.”

― Warren Buffett


“My favourite holding period is forever”

― Warren Buffett


“Never give up searching for the job that you are passionate about”

― Warren Buffett


“We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest.”

― Warren Buffett


“Charlie’s dictum: “All I want to know is where I’m going to die so I’ll never go there.”

― Warren Buffett


“Many shall be restored that now are fallen and many shall fall that are now in honor.”

― Warren Buffett


“The more you learn, the more you earn.”

― Warren Buffett


“My life couldn’t be happier. In fact, it’d be worse if I had six or eight houses. So, I have everything I need to have, and I don’t need any more because it doesn’t make a difference after a point”

― Warren Buffett


“When a person with money meets a person with experience, the one with experience ends up with the money and the one with money leaves with experience.”

― Warren Buffett


“The requisites for board membership should be business savvy, interest in the job, and owner-orientation.”

― Warren Buffett


“Too often, a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner.”

― Warren Buffett


“The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.”

― Warren Buffett


“Reading could be the BEST addiction one could have. The only proven side effect is imagination & an edge in knowledge.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett


“Our favorite holding period is forever. We are just the opposite of those who hurry to sell and book profits when companies perform well but who tenaciously hang on to businesses that disappoint. Peter Lynch aptly likens such behavior to cutting the flowers and watering the weeds.”

― Warren Buffett


“Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.”

― Warren Buffett


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

― Warren Buffett



There you have it!! Those are my own collection of Warren Buffett Quotes. You can meditate on them from time to time and it can sure help to improve and put you on the right track towards becoming successful in life.

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9 Comments

  1. great quotes – I just love Warren Buffet. Especially like “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.” Aint this the truth !!

  2. If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep… that’s a good one. That’s what so many of us try to do with, blogging, I think.

  3. I really like the quote about going to bed a little smarter. It’s nice to learn something new every day even for just a few minutes because knowledge is power.

  4. Hey Gideon,

    Wow, what a selection of Warren Buffet’s quotes! These are my picks of the bunch:
    * “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
    * “Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source.”
    * “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.”
    * “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.”
    *”Don’t work for money. Make money work for you.”
    * “Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source.”

    Thanks for sharing!

    Pedro

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