The problem with the world is that fools are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
Everything that’s important in investing is counterintuitive and everything that’s obvious is wrong.
In science you need to understand the world. In business you need others to misunderstand it.
Stick with big, “easy” decisions and eschew activity.
You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right.
2019-01-02T15:54:52+00:00You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right.
Beliefs are hypotheses to be tested, not treasures to be guarded.
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.
Experience is what you got when you didn’t get what you wanted.
The function of the margin of safety is, in essence, that of rendering unnecessary an accurate estimate of the future.
2019-01-02T15:57:29+00:00The function of the margin of safety is, in essence, that of rendering unnecessary an accurate estimate of the future.
If 1,000 managers make a market prediction at the beginning of a year, it’s very likely that the calls of at least one will be correct for nine consecutive years. Of course, 1,000 monkeys would be just as likely to produce a seemingly all-wise prophet. But there would remain a difference: The lucky monkey would not find people standing in line to invest with him.
Only the disciplined ones in life are free. If you are undisciplined, you are a slave to your moods and your passions.
Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre.
It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.
Forecasts may tell you a great deal about the forecaster; they tell you nothing about the future.
What is not intelligible to me is not necessarily unintelligent.
It’s not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Mr. Market’s job is to provide you with prices; your job is to decide whether it is to your advantage to act on them. You do not have to trade with him just because he constantly begs you to.
Investors need discipline to avoid the many unattractive pitches that are thrown, patience to wait for the right pitch, and judgement to know when it is time to swing.
An investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis promises safety of principal and an adequate return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative.
Obvious decisions require no more than a single reason.
Never ask anyone for their opinion, forecast, or recommendation. Just ask them what they have—or don’t have—in their portfolio.
All good investing is value investing by definition.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
It might be easier to go through life as the echo–but only until the other guy plays a wrong note.