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Dan Smith
Dan Smith
8 days 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
4 months ago

1 Timothy 6:10

Last edited 4 months ago by Mik Cajon
John Wood
John Wood
7 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
7 months ago

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

Scott Schnipper
Scott Schnipper
7 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
7 months ago

“save, save, save” … my father

Arpe Gio
Arpe Gio
9 months 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
9 months 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)

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David Golden
David Golden
9 months 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
11 months 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
11 months 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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