Buffett is known as the “Wizard”, “Oracle”, or “Sage” of Omaha by Global media outlets. Here are best Warren Buffett quotes to get motivation and wisdom from his thoughts and experiences.

Warren Buffet was born on August 30, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. He is an investor, business magnet, and philanthropist. He is currently serving as the CEO and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway since 1970. He is also the largest share holder of the company. He is third richest person in the world. Buffet’s estimation net worth is $87 billion. He founded the giving pledge along with Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg whereby billionaires pledge to give away half of their fortunes. Buffett is a democrat and publicly oppose policies and statements of current U.S. president Donal Trump.


“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.”
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“Honesty is a very expensive gift, Don’t expect it from cheap people.”
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“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
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“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.”
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“Never give up searching for the job that you are passionate about.”
Warren Buffett, Warren Buffett Speaks

“If your employees, including your CEO, wish to give to their alma maters or other institutions to which they feel a personal attachment, we believe they should use their own money, not yours.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”
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“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful.”
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“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.”
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“The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.”
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“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”
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“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?”
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“In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
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“The only time to buy these is on a day with no ‘y’ in it.”
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“Many shall be restored that now are fallen and many shall fall that are now in honor.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

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“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.”
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“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”
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“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minuted to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently.”
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“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
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“Rule No. 1 : Never lose money. Rule No. 2 : Never forget Rule No. 1.”
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“To be successful, look for the job you will take if you don’t need a job.”
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“From this irritating reality comes The First Law of Corporate Survival for ambitious CEOs who pile on leverage and run large and unfathomable derivatives books: Modest incompetence simply won’t do; it’s mind boggling screw-ups that are required.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“Despite our policy of candor, we will discuss our activities in marketable securities only to the extent legally required. Good investment ideas are rare, valuable and subject to competitive appropriation just as good product or business acquisition ideas are.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

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“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.”
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“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”
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“You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”
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“You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”
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“You never know who’s swimming naked until the tide goes out.”
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“Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.”
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“If you see somebody with even reasonable intelligence and a terrific passion for what they do and who can get people around them to march, even when those people can’t see over the top of the next hill, things are gonna happen.”
Warren Buffett, Warren Buffett Speaks

“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.”
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“I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.”
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“There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.”
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“Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.”
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“If you’ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.”
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“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection.”
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“I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.”
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“Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.”
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“The requisites for board membership should be business savvy, interest in the job, and owner-orientation.”
Warren Buffett, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

“This holding has proved extraordinarily profitable thanks to a move by your Chairman that combined luck and skill—110% luck, the balance skill.”
Warren Buffett Quotes, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

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“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.”
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“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”
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“What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end.”
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“Forecasts may tell you a great deal about the forecaster; they tell you nothing about the future.”
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“When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.”
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“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”
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“Instead, he takes those coupons from his low-return bond and—if inclined to reinvest—looks for the highest return with safety currently available. Good money is not thrown after bad.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact.”
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“Games are won by players who focus on the playing field –- not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.”
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“In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“My favourite holding period is forever.”
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“Each of these companies will devote its entire efforts to a single state seeking to bring the agents and insureds of its area a combination of large company capability and small company accessibility and sensitivity.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“For these investors, it would have been far better if Orville had failed to get off the ground at Kitty Hawk: The more the industry has grown, the worse the disaster for owners.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

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“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.”
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“Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.”
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“I learned to go into business only with people whom I like, trust, and admire.”
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“Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill. ”
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“Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you how you’ll turn out to be.”
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“We believe that a policy of portfolio concentration may well decrease risk if it raises, as it should, both the intensity with which an investor thinks about a business and the comfort-level he must feel with its economic characteristics before buying into it. In stating this opinion, we define risk, using dictionary terms, as “the possibility of loss or injury.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“You don’t have to be an expert on every company, or even many. You only have to be able to evaluate companies within your circle of competence. The size of that circle is not very.”
Warren Buffett, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

“Can you imagine any public company embracing a business model that would lead to the decline in revenue that we experienced from 1986 through 1999?”
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“Investors should be skeptical of history-based models. Constructed by a nerdy-sounding priesthood using esoteric terms such as beta, gamma, sigma and the like, these models tend to look impressive. Too often, though, investors forget to examine the assumptions behind the models. Beware of geeks bearing formulas. ”
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“Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.”
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“[Gold] gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.”
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“Diversification is protection against ignorance. It makes little sense if you know what you are doing.”
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“Wall Street is the only place that people drive to in a Rolls Royce to take advice from people who ride the subway.”
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“The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.”
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“Charlie and I would follow a buy-and-hold policy even if we ran a tax-exempt institution.”
Warren Buffett Quotes, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“Over-all, we probably would have retained better prospects for the next five years if profits had not risen so dramatically this year.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

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“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

“A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”
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“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say “no” to almost everything.”
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“An investor should act as though he had a lifetime decision card with just twenty punches on it.”
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“I am not a businessman, I am an artist.”
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“While investors and managers must place their feet in the future, their memories and nervous systems often remain plugged into the past.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“The more you learn, the more you earn.”
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“Reading could be the BEST addiction one could have. The only proven side effect is imagination & an edge in knowledge.”
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“Writing a check separates a commitment from a conversation.”
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“A horse that can count to ten is a remarkable horse—not a remarkable mathematician.”
Warren Buffett, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

“In the long run managements stressing accounting appearance over economic substance usually achieve little of either.”
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“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.”
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“If you aren’t thinking about owning a stock for ten years, don’t even think about owning it for ten minutes.”
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“I won’t close down a business of subnormal profitability merely to add a fraction of a point to our corporate returns. I also feel it inappropriate for even an exceptionally profitable company to fund an operation once it appears to have unending losses in prospect. Adam Smith would disagree with my first proposition and Karl Marx would disagree with my second; the middle ground is the only position that leaves me comfortable.”
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“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”
Warren Buffett

“I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.”
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“If past history was all that is needed to play the game of money, the richest people would be librarians.”
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“Intensity is the price of excellence.”
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“Failing conventionally is the route to go; as a group, lemmings may have a rotten image, but no individual lemming has ever received bad press.”
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“The most common cause of low prices is pessimism—some times pervasive, some times specific to a company or industry. We want to do business in such an environment, not because we like pessimism but because we like the prices it produces. It’s optimism that is the enemy of the rational buyer.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest.”
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“I could end the deficit in five minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection.”
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“We need a moderately-priced stock market… The market, like the Lord, helps those who help themselves. But, unlike the Lord, the market does not forgive those who know not what they do. For the investor, a too-high purchase price for the stock of an excellent company can undo the effects of a subsequent decade of favorable business developments.”
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“Gold is a way of going long on fear, and it has been a pretty good way of going long on fear from time to time. But you really have to hope people become more afraid in a year or two years than they are now. And if they become more afraid you make money, if they become less afraid you lose money, but the gold itself doesn’t produce anything.”
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“Derivatives are like sex. It’s not who we’re sleeping with, it’s who they’re sleeping with that’s the problem.”
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“In some corner of the world they are probably still holding regular meetings of the Flat Earth Society. We derive no comfort because important people, vocal people, or great numbers of people agree with us. Nor do we derive comfort if they don’t.”
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“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
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“Calling someone who trades actively in the market an investor “is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a romantic.”
Warren Buffett, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

“Do not save what is left after spending; instead spend what is left after saving.”
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“I try to invest in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.”
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“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, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”
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“If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need.”
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“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.”
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“Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source.”
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“It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.”
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“As happens in Wall Street all too often, what the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end.”
Warren Buffett, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

“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, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“For 240 years, it’s been a terrible mistake to bet against America.”
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“Having first rate people on the team is more important than designing hierarchies and clarifying who reports to whom.”
Warren Buffett, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

“Buy a stock the way you would buy a house. Understand and like it such that you’d be content to own it in the absence of any market.”
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“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, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

“Our experience with newly-minted MBAs has not been that great. Their academic records always look terrific and the candidates always know just what to say; but too often they are short on personal commitment to the company and general business savvy. It’s difficult to teach a new dog old tricks.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“Culture, more than rule books, determines how an organization behaves.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

“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 Quotes, Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders

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