Quotes and Quotations
Veni, vidi, vici. - I came, I saw, I conquered.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
When Berkshire buys common stock, we approach the transaction as if we were buying into a private business.
Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.
If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.
No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.
I call investing the greatest business in the world because you never have to swing. You stand at the plate, the pitcher throws you General Motors at 47! U.S. Steel at 39! and nobody calls a strike on you. There's no penalty except opportunity lost. All day you wait for the pitch you like; then when the fielders are asleep, you step up and hit it.
I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
Alea iacta est. - The die is cast.
There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.
If you don't know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn.
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
We have one and only one ambition. To be the best. What else is there.
Only the educated are free.
The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don't have to swing at everything - you can wait for your pitch. The problem when you're a money manager is that your fans keep yelling, 'Swing, you bum!'
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Talk to people in their own language. If you do it well, they'll say, 'God, he said exactly what I was thinking.' And when they begin to respect you, they'll follow you to the death.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
On the occasion of every accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use.
Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.
As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.
We've got to have a dream if we are going to make a dream come true.
Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theater for virtue is conscience.
Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt. - Men willingly believe what they wish.
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.
As a nation, we must choose between the sanctity of life ethic and the 'quality of life' ethic. I have no trouble identifying the answer our nation has always given to this basic question, and the answer that I hope and pray it will give in the future.
We're more comfortable in that kind of business. It means we miss a lot of very big winners. But we wouldn't know how to pick them out anyway. It also means we have very few big losers - and that's quite helpful over time. We're perfectly willing to trade away a big payoff for a certain payoff.
Chase your passion, not your pension.
Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You can't buy what is popular and do well.
The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.
I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.
I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
Everything is something you decide to do, and there is nothing you have to do.
I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.