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born January 19, 1944; American investor

Go for a business that any idiot can run – because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going
to run it.
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Behind every stock is a company. Find out what it's doing.
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Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon.
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All you need for a lifetime of successful investing is a few big winners, and the pluses from
those will overwhelm the minuses from the stocks that don't work out.
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The natural-born investor is a myth.
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It's a common mistake I do: I think people buy stocks because they have fallen from price X
to two thirds of that, half of that. On that basis alone they're buying a stock. That's called
bottom-fishing the stock market. Very, very difficult.
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If you spend more than 13 minutes analyzing economic and market forecasts, you've wasted
10 minutes.
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The worst thing you can do is invest in companies you know nothing about. Unfortunately,
buying stocks on ignorance is still a popular American pastime.
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Everyone has the brainpower to follow the stock market. If you made it through fifth-grade
math, you can do it.
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As I look back on it now, it's obvious that studying history and philosophy was much better
preparation for the stock market than, say, studying statistics.
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Long-term investing has gotten so popular, it's easier to admit you're a crack addict than to
admit you're a short-term investor.
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You should not buy a stock because it's cheap but because you know a lot about it.
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The dividend is such an important factor in the success of many stocks that you could hardly
go wrong by making an entire portfolio of companies that have raised their dividends for 10 or
20 years in a row.
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Know what you own, and know why you own it.
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Investing is fun, exciting, and dangerous if you don't do any work.
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When people discover they are no good at baseball or hockey, they put away their bats and
their skates and they take up amateur golf or stamp collecting or gardening. But when people
discover they are no good at picking stocks, they are likely to continue to do it anyway.
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In this business, if you're good, you're right six times out of ten. You're never going to be right
nine times out of ten.
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I'm always fully invested. It's a great feeling to be caught with your pants up.
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Absent a lot of surprises, stocks are relatively predictable over twenty years. As to whether
they're going to be higher or lower in two to three years, you might as well flip a coin to
decide.
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The basic story remains simple and never-ending. Stocks aren't lottery tickets. There's a
company attached to every share.
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You have to keep your priorities straight if you plan to do well in stocks.
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If you don't study any companies, you have the same success buying stocks as you do in a
poker game if you bet without looking at your cards.
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All the math you need in the stock market you get in the fourth grade.
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There's no shame in losing money on a stock. Everybody does it. What is shameful is to hold
on to a stock, or worse, to buy more of it when the fundamentals are deteriorating.
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A good company usually increases its dividend every year.
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It's human nature to keep doing something as long as it's pleasurable and you can succeed at
it, which is why the world population continues to double every 40 years.
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A stock market decline is as routine as a January blizzard in Colorado. If you're prepared, it
can't hurt you. A decline is a great opportunity to pick up the bargains left behind by
investors who are fleeing the storm in panic.
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Your investor's edge is not something you get from Wall Street experts. It's something you
already have. You can outperform the experts if you use your edge by investing in companies
or industries you already understand.
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The simpler it is, the better I like it.
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The person that turns over the most rocks wins the game. And that's always been my
philosophy.
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My high-tech aversion caused me to make fun of the typical biotech enterprise: $100 million
in cash from selling shares, one hundred Ph.D.'s, 99 microscopes, and zero revenues.
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During the Gold Rush, most would-be miners lost money, but people who sold them picks,
shovels, tents and blue-jeans (Levi Strauss) made a nice profit.
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