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Edmund Marsh
Edmund Marsh
2 months ago

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” It’s true in everything from physics to finance, and keeps me from getting overly exuberant when the pitch sounds a little too perfect.

Dan Smith
Dan Smith
4 months ago

As a tax preparer I have worked with many advisors who I have great respect for, but my 3 favorite financial quotes come from my dad, who was a welder by trade. They are:

  • Pay yourself first
  • Don’t tell me what you make, tell me what you save, and
  • Wish in one hand and s#*t in the other hand, then tell me which one fills up the fastest.
Mik Cajon
Mik Cajon
8 months ago

1 Timothy 6:10

Last edited 8 months ago by Mik Cajon
John Wood
John Wood
11 months ago

Warren Buffett, commenting on a company he had reviewed for investment:

“The assets were questionable, but the liabilities were solid.”

Wayne Koppa
Wayne Koppa
11 months ago

Once you spend money it’s just like it’s gone.

Scott Schnipper
Scott Schnipper
11 months ago

“No one ever went broke taking a profit.” — Philip Schneck

(My late maternal grandfather, sometime in the 1980s. Definitely was investing during the Great Depression, when he was a dress salesman, and was able to retire young in the 1960s. I wish I knew if he also bought on the way up in the 1920s — I only know that he was younger, and so would have had less capital to commit.)

Jackie
Jackie
11 months ago

“save, save, save” … my father

Arpe Gio
Arpe Gio
1 year ago

“Don’t Allow a winner’s game to become a loser’s game”. “Successful investment is all about common sense”. John Bogle

Martin McCue
Martin McCue
1 year ago

Americans are getting stronger. Twenty years ago, it took two people to carry ten dollars worth of groceries. Today, a five-year-old can do it. (Henny Youngman, on inflation)

Last edited 1 year ago by Martin McCue
David Golden
David Golden
1 year ago

“Compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays it.” Albert Einstein

Mike Zaccardi
Mike Zaccardi
1 year ago

In the short run, the market is a narrative machine, but in the long run, it is a narrative-debunking machine. -Barry Ritholtz

Mike Zaccardi
Mike Zaccardi
1 year ago

You can be right and still be a moron -Daniel Crosby

Roboticus Aquarius
Roboticus Aquarius
1 year ago

I’m going to cheat. I have two:

Probability interests me, and so I have a particular liking for Keynes’ “The markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.”

Plus I think anyone who loves learning sees the truth in Franklin’s “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Grant James
Grant James
1 year ago

Fear and greed are the enemy of good investing

parkslope
parkslope
1 year ago

When you’ve won the game, stop playing with the money you really need.” William Bernstein

Philip Stein
Philip Stein
1 year ago

“Exiting the market after a decline – and thus failing to participate in a cyclical rebound – is truly the cardinal sin in investing.”

Howard Marks

Thomas
Thomas
1 year ago

“Time in the market beats timing the market.” I don’t know who coined this adage.

Skateroll
Skateroll
1 year ago

Stocks in the short term are a voting machine, in the long term they are a weighing machine. – Graham

Roboticus Aquarius
Roboticus Aquarius
1 year ago
Reply to  Skateroll

This is a good one. I always wondered at what point the short term becomes the long term, and how does one know??!

The general concept is useful, though.

Rick Connor
Rick Connor
1 year ago

” The secret to the stock market is to buy a stock that’s going to go up in price. If it doesn’t go up, don’t buy it.” — Will Rogers

SCao
SCao
1 year ago

People first, then money, then things. – Suze Orman

Bob Wilmes
Bob Wilmes
1 year ago

‘Price is what you pay; value is what you get.’

Attributed to Benjamin Graham by Warren Buffett

Scrooge_McDuck88
Scrooge_McDuck88
1 year ago

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six , result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery”
― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Last edited 1 year ago by Scrooge_McDuck88
Sonja Haggert
Sonja Haggert
1 year ago

“When your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep becomes your downfall.” Rick Rule I really like this one.

Marc Bisbal Arias
Marc Bisbal Arias
1 year ago

I like this one by Warren Buffett because it touches on an important topic in a funny way:

“Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.”

Anika Hedstrom
Anika Hedstrom
1 year ago

“Enough” by Jack Bogle. One word and concept packs a powerful punch.

mjflack
mjflack
1 year ago

“Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison. After too many years of investing, I have realized that even if beating the market long term was possible, I do not have the discipline or desire to put in the “perspiration” required.

Ben Rodriguez
Ben Rodriguez
1 year ago

Almost anything from Jack Bogle, but probably none better than “Stay the course.”

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