Warren Buffett Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Warren Buffett quotes, Warren Buffett sayings, and Warren Buffett proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Never give up searching for the job that you’re passionate about. Try to find the job you’d have if you were independently rich. Forget about the pay. When you’re associating with the people that you love, doing what you love, it doesn’t get any better than that. Warren Buffett
Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing. Warren Buffett
It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price. Warren Buffett
Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1. Warren Buffett
Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked. Warren Buffett
Investing is forgoing consumption now in order to have the ability to consume more at a later date. Warren Buffett
Knowing the edge of your competency is important. If you think you know more than you do, you will get in trouble. Warren Buffett
The best jockey in the world is never going to win races riding a lame horse. But even a mediocre jockey can win races riding a champion. Warren Buffett
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett
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. Warren Buffett
There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning. Warren Buffett
The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we'll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on. Warren Buffett
We make investment decisions based on our evaluation of the most profitable combination of probabilities. Warren Buffett
Making money isn't the backbone of our guiding purpose; it is the by-product of our guiding purpose. Warren Buffett
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. Warren Buffett
I think once you start putting phony figures into financial statements, you get in a lot of trouble. And we've seen so much of that in the last 20 years. Warren Buffett
Good profits simply are not inconsistent with good behavior. Warren Buffett
When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results. Warren Buffett
The big question about how people behave is whether they've got an Inner Scorecard or an Outer Scorecard. It helps if you can be satisfied with an Inner Scorecard. Warren Buffett
Predicting rain doesn't count. Building arks does. Warren Buffett
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. Warren Buffett
[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. Warren Buffett
I will tell you the secret of getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful and you try to be very fearful when others are greedy. Warren Buffett
Without passion, you don't have energy. Without energy, you have nothing. Warren Buffett
In the long run managements stressing accounting appearance over economic substance usually achieve little of either. Warren Buffett
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. Warren Buffett
The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. Warren Buffett
Banking is very good business if you don't do anything dumb. Warren Buffett
Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it. Warren Buffett
I call investing the greatest business in the world... Because you never have to swing. Warren Buffett