Investing Quotes

Mohammed Ali on Viewing the World at Fifty

"A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life."

---Mohammed Ali

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Robin Williams on Madness

"You're given a little spark of madness, you mustn't lose it!"

--Robin McLaurin Williams

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Ralph Waldo Emerson on Knowing Why

"The man who knows how will always have a job.
The man who knows why will always be his boss."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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John D. Rockefeller on the Way to Make Money

"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets."

--John D. Rockefeller

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Martin Luther King, Jr. on Consensus

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."

---Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Carveth Read on Being Vaguely Right

"It is better to be vaguely right than exactly wrong."

--Carveth Read

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Bobby Jones on Swinging Your Best

"You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about."

--Bobby Jones

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Bill Gates on Estimating Change

"We tend to overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten."

--Bill Gates

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Andrew Carnegie on Getting the Oyster

"The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell."

--Andrew Carnegie

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Seth Klarman on Value Investing

"Once you adopt a value-investment strategy, any other investment behaviour starts to seem like gambling."

--Seth Klarman

William Arthur Ward on Realism

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."

--William Arthur Ward

Whitney Tilson on Being a Contrarian

"To succeed as a contrarian you must recognize what the crowd believes, have concrete justification for why the majority is wrong, and have the patience and conviction to stick with what is, by definition, an unpopular bet."

--Whitney Tilson

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Ron Swanson on Bad Words

There is only one bad word: "taxes."

--Ronald Ulysses Swanson

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The Most Interesting Man in the World on 1031s

"I don't always identify more than 3 potential replacement properties. But when I do, their aggregate market value doesn't exceed 200% of my reliquished property."

--The Most Interesting Man in the World

"I don't always make exceptions to my previous statement. But when I do, I close escrow on 95% of the aggregate market value of the properties I identify."

--The Most Interesting Man in the World

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Henry Ford on Chopping Your Own Wood

"Chop your own wood,
and it will warm you twice."

--Henry Ford

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George Soros on the Importance of Being Right

"It's not whether you're right or wrong that's important, but how much money you make when you're right and how much money you lose when you're wrong."

--George Soros

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John Templeton on Maximum Total Return

"For all long term investors, there is only one objective: maximum total return---wait for it---after taxes."

---John Templeton (paraphrased)

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Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll

"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop."

---Lewis Carroll

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Ludwig Wittgenstein on Creative Problem Solving

"A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push."

---Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Malcom Gladwell on Changing Your Mind

"Occasions when you can change your mind should be cherished, because they mean you're smarter than you were before."

---Malcom Gladwell

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Seth Klarman on Being a Contrarian

"Value investing is at its core the marriage of a contrarian streak and a calculator."

---Seth Klarman

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Sherlock Holmes on Theorizing

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data."

---Sherlock Holmes

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Seth Klarman on Risk Aversion

"Value investing is risk aversion."

---Seth Klarman

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Morpheus on Capital Gains Taxes

"What if I told you... there is a way to avoid capital gains taxes."


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Mark Twain on Knowing for Certain

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for certain that just ain't true."

---Samuel Longhorne Clemens
(Mark Twain)

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Boromir on Avoiding Capital Gains Taxes

"One does not simply... avoid capital gains taxes."


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