A Collection of Famous Quotes About Investing

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Thanks to everyone who voted and/or left a comment on my Women’s Network audition tape. The Top 20 will be selected by Monday, November 3rd and I’ll be sure to let you know if I made the first cut! In the meantime, I’ve rounded up some great quotes from some investing giants for your enjoyment… so enjoy! (NOTE: Some were picked because I found them insightful, while other were included because I found them humorous)

Peter Lynch

“Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections or trying to anticipate corrections than has been lost in corrections themselves.”

“Nobody can predict interest rates, the future direction of the economy or the stock market.  Dismiss all such forecasts and concentrate on what is actually happening to the companies in which you’ve invested.”

“The key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them.”

“You get recessions, you have stock market declines. If you don’t understand that’s going to happen, then you’re not ready, you won’t do well in the markets.”

“When stocks are attractive, you buy them. Sure, they can go lower. I’ve bought stocks at $12 that went to $2, but then they later went to $30. You just don’t know when you can find the bottom.”

“I’ve found that when the market’s going down and you buy funds wisely, at some point in the future you will be happy. You won’t get there by reading ‘Now is the time to buy.'”

“Go for a business that any idiot can run – because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it.”

“Although it’s easy to forget sometimes, a share is not a lottery ticket… it’s part-ownership of a business.”

Warren Buffett

“If you expect to continue to purchase stocks throughout your life, you should welcome price declines as a way to add stocks more cheaply to your portfolio.”

“Calling someone who trades actively in the market an investor is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a romantic”

“If you are not willing to own a stock for 10 years, do not even think about owning it for 10 minutes”

“Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.”

“I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years. ”

“If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.”

“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. ”

“Our favourite holding period is forever. ”

“The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. ”

“We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful. ”

George Soros

“Stock market bubbles don’t grow out of thin air. They have a solid basis in reality, but reality as distorted by a misconception.”

“Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman.”

Shelby Davis

“You make most of your money in a bear market, you just don’t realize it at the time”

“The hangover is the worst where the party was the wildest.”

John Bogle

“Your success in investing will depend in part on your character and guts, and in part on your ability to realize at the height of the ebullience and the depth of despair alike that this too shall pass.”

Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee
...is an independent consultant to the financial services industry and a personal finance commentator. You can learn more about Preet at his personal website and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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  • Big Cajun Man

    Wayne Gretzky:

    “I go where the puck is going to go, not where it is…”

    Yogi Berra

    “Hit ‘em where they ain’t…”

    Most Financial Planners

    “Buy low, sell high, it’s simple!”

  • Kevin M.

    The best financial advisors do not have to work as a financial advisor.

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