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1870 - 1965, American investor

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night
before you go to bed.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong about
his facts.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

Chance sometimes opens the door, but luck belongs to the good players.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

Two things are bad for the heart: running up stairs and running down people.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow
disarmament - disarmament follows peace.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

Science has taught us how to put the atom to work. But to make it work for good instead of
for evil lies in the domain dealing with the principles of human duty.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

There are no such things as incurable, there are only things for which man has not found a
cure.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

I was the son of an immigrant. I experienced bigotry, intolerance and prejudice, even as so
many of you have. Instead of allowing these thing to embitter me, I took them as spurs to
more strenuous effort.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

You don't have to blow out the other fellow's light to let your own shine.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

If you have made a mistake, cut your losses as quickly as possible.
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Never follow the crowd.
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If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
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When good news about the market hits the front page of the New York Times, sell.
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Whatever task you undertake, do it with all your heart and soul. Always be courteous, never
be discouraged. Beware of him who promises something for nothing. Do not blame anybody
for your mistakes and failures.
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Gold has worked down from Alexander's time. When something holds good for two thousand
years I do not believe it can be so because of prejudice or mistaken theory.
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The main purpose of the stock market is to make fools of as many men as possible.
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During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological
revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or
the ability to think.
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If a speculator is correct half of the time, he is hitting a good average. Even being right 3 or
4 times out of 10 should yield a person a fortune if he has the sense to cut his losses quickly
on the ventures where he is wrong.
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Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
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Government is not a substitute for people, but simply the instrument through which they act.
And if the individual fails to do his duty as a citizen, government becomes a very deadly
instrument indeed.
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You can talk about capitalism and communism and all that sort of thing, but the important
thing is the struggle everybody is engaged in to get better living conditions, and they are not
interested too much in government.
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We can't cross a bridge until we come to it but I always like to lay down a pontoon ahead of
time.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

When beggars and shoeshine boys, barbers and beauticians can tell you how to get rich it is
time to remind yourself that there is no more dangerous illusion than the belief that one can
get something for nothing.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

Unless each man produces more than he receives, increases his output, there will be less for
him than all the others.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get
the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that
case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find
to be the facts of the situation.
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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who
matter don't mind.
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The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles.
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I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who
asked why.
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Vote for the man who promises least - he'll be the least disappointing.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have
witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

Always do one thing less than you think you can do.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

I have known men who could see through the motivations of others with the skill of a
clairvoyant; only to prove blind to their own mistakes. I have been one of those men.
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Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of
courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.
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None of us can be free of conflict and woe. Even the greatest men have had to accept
disappointments as their daily bread.
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If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right; if you don't get all the facts, it can't be
right.
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