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Great Investing Quotes

I wanted to go a little lighter with this week’s column.  I figured I would share some of my favorite quotes regarding investing, plus a bonus quote which is one of my favorites of all time.


  • “The 4 most dangerous words in investing are – ‘This time it’s different’.” Sir John Templeton


  • “October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” Mark Twain


  • “Don’t save what is left after spending but spend what is left after saving.” Warren Buffett


  • “The entire purpose of financial planning is to align your use of capital with what’s important to you.” Carl Richards


  • “The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.” Benjamin Graham


  • “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” Robin Williams


  • “It’s waiting that helps you as an investor, and a lot of people just can’t stand to wait.” Charlie Munger


  • “One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and they both think they are astute.” William Feather


  • “The stock market is a giant distraction to the business of investing.” John Bogle


  • “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” Benjamin Franklin


  • “Compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it.” Albert Einstein (I really don’t think he said this, but it still holds true.)


  • “Anyone can be rich. It’s just a matter of what rich means to you.” Ramit Sethi


  • “The best way to measure your investing success is not by whether you’re beating the market but by whether you’ve put in place a financial plan and a behavioral discipline that are likely to get you where you want to go.” Benjamin Graham


  • “It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who has been swimming naked.” Warren Buffett