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  • [The perfect amount of money to leave children is] enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they would do nothing.
    • Richard I. Kirkland Jr., “Should You Leave It All to the Children?”, Fortune, 29 September 1986.
  • I don’t have a problem with guilt about money. The way I see it is that my money represents an enormous number of claim checks on society. It is like I have these little pieces of paper that I can turn into consumption. If I wanted to, I could hire 10,000 people to do nothing but paint my picture every day for the rest of my life. And the GNP would go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch, and I would be keeping those 10,000 people from doing AIDS research, or teaching, or nursing. I don’t do that though. I don’t use very many of those claim checks. There’s nothing material I want very much. And I’m going to give virtually all of those claim checks to charity when my wife and I die.
    • Quoted by Janet C. Lowe, in Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the world’s Greatest Investor, (1997) John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 165-166 (ISBN 0-471-16996-X).
  • [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.
    • Harvard, 1998[citation needed]
  • If I was running $1 million today, or $10 million for that matter, I’d be fully invested. Anyone who says that size does not hurt investment performance is selling. The highest rates of return I’ve ever achieved were in the 1950s. I killed the Dow. You ought to see the numbers. But I was investing peanuts then. It’s a huge structural advantage not to have a lot of money. I think I could make you 50% a year on $1 million. No, I know I could. I guarantee that.
    • “Homespun Wisdom from the ‘Oracle of Omaha'”, BusinessWeek, 5 July 1999.
  • The line separating investment and speculation, which is never bright and clear, becomes blurred still further when most market participants have recently enjoyed triumphs. Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball. They know that overstaying the festivities — that is, continuing to speculate in companies that have gigantic valuations relative to the cash they are likely to generate in the future — will eventually bring on pumpkins and mice. But they nevertheless hate to miss a single minute of what is one helluva party. Therefore, the giddy participants all plan to leave just seconds before midnight. There’s a problem, though: They are dancing in a room in which the clocks have no hands.
    • Berkshire Hathaway 2000 Chairman’s Letter
  • You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.
    • Berkshire Hathaway 2001 Chairman’s Letter
  • Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
    • As quoted in The Real Warren Buffett : Managing Capital, Leading People (2002) by James O’Loughlin
  • Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.
    • Berkshire Hathaway 2004 Chairman’s Letter
  • Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius. But Sir Isaac’s talents didn’t extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble, explaining later, ‘I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men.’ If he had not been traumatized by this loss, Sir Isaac might well have gone on to discover the Fourth Law of Motion: For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases.
    • Berkshire Hathaway 2005 Chairman’s Letter
  • I’ve reluctantly discarded the notion of my continuing to manage the portfolio after my death – abandoning my hope to give new meaning to the term ‘thinking outside the box.’
    • Berkshire Hathaway 2007 Chairman’s Letter
  • If you’re in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.
    • “Buffett blasts system that lets him pay less tax than secretary”, Times Online, June 28, 2007.
  • Take me as an example. I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I’d been born into a tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can’t run very fast. I’m not particularly strong. I’d probably end up as some wild animal’s dinner.
    • To Barack Obama, quoted in The Audacity of Hope, page 191
  • Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.
    • Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Chairman’s Letter
  • Putting people into homes, though a desirable goal, shouldn’t be our country’s primary objective. Keeping them in their homes should be the ambition.
    • Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Chairman’s Letter
  • We never want to count on the kindness of strangers in order to meet tomorrow’s obligations. When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night’s sleep for the chance of extra profits.
    • Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Chairman’s Letter
  • Upon leaving [the derivatives business], our feelings about the business mirrored a line in a country song: “I liked you better before I got to know you so well.”
    • Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Chairman’s Letter
  • I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.
    • In a panel discussion after the premier of the 2008 documentary I.O.U.S.A.
    • “Panel at the Premier”, 0:05:42ff., DVD extras, I.O.U.S.A. (2008)
  • If you have a great manager, you want to pay him very well. BRK Annual Meeting 04

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