Warren Buffett

Warren Buffet Quote – If we find a company we …

If we find a company we like, the level of the market will not really impact our decisions.  We will decide company by company.  We spend essentially no time thinking about macroeconomic factors.  In other words, if somebody handed us a predictions by the most revered intellectual on the subject, with figures for unemployment or interest rates, or whatever it might be for the next two years, we would not pay any attention to it.  We simply try to focus on businesses that we think we understand and where we like the price and management.  If we see anything that relates to what’s going to happen in Congress, we don’t even read it.  We just don’t think it’s helpful to have a view on these matters.

- Warren Buffett1

  1. Comment by Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, Omaha, 1992 (As reported in “How to Buffett Against the Perils of Perots,” Herb Ross, Westfield Leader, August 6, 1992) []

The Bible

Bible Quote – Ecclesiastes 10:19

Bread is made for laughter,
and wine gladdens life,
and money answers everything.

- Ecclesiastes 10:19 (ESV)

Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.

- Ecclesiastes 10:19 (NASB)

A feast is made for laughter,
and wine makes life merry,
but money is the answer for everything.

- Ecclesiastes 10:19 (NIV)

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy Quote – Money is a new form of slavery …

Money has in our time completely lost that desirable significance as a representative of labour; such a significance it has only exceptionally, for as a general rule it has become a right or a possibility for exploiting the labour of others.

The dissemination of money, or credit, and of all kinds of monetary tokens more and more confirms this meaning of money.  Money is the possibility or the right to exploit the labours of others.  Money is a new form of slavery, which differs form the old only in being impersonal, and in freeing people from all the human relations of the slave.

- Leo Tolstoy1

  1. From What Shall We Say? in the Complete Works of Leo Tolstoy []

The Bible

Bible Quote – 1 Timothy 6:9-10

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

- 1 Timothy 6:9-10 (ESV)

But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

- 1 Timothy 6:9-10 (NASB)

People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

- 1 Timothy 6:9-10 (NIV)

Common Man

Common Man Quote – Stop trying to keep up …

Stop trying to keep up with the Joneses because they’re broke.

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The Bible

Bible Quote – Psalm 15

O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who honors those who fear the LORD;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest
and does not take a bribe against the innocent
.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

- Psalm 15 (ESV)

He does not put out his money at interest,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent

He who does these things will never be shaken.

- Psalm 15:5 (NASB)

who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things
will never be shaken.

- Psalm 15:5 (NIV)

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson Quote – Every man is rich or poor …

Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments; any enlargement of wishes is therefore equally destructive to happiness with the diminution of possession, and he that teaches another to long for what he never shall obtain is no less an enemy to his quiet than if he had robbed him of part of his patrimony.

- Samuel Johnson1

  1. The Rambler, No. 163 (October 8, 1751) []

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill Quote – What is the use of living …

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? How else can we put ourselves in harmonious relation with the great verities and consolations of the infinite and the eternal? And I avow my faith that we are marching towards better days. Humanity will not be cast down. We are going on swinging bravely forward along the grand high road and already behind the distant mountains is the promise of the sun.

- Winston Churchill1

  1. From Liberalism and the Social Problem, pg. 87 -  Speech in Dundee, Scotland (1908-10-10) []

Voltaire

Voltaire Quote – In general, the art of government …

En général, l’art du gouvernement consiste à prendre le plus d’argent qu’on peut à une grande partie des citoyens, pour le donner à une autre partie.

Translates to: In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

- Voltaire1

  1. Dictionnaire philosophique, p. 136 []

Dead Prez

Music Quote – Dead Prez – Would you rather have a Lexus …

Would you rather have a Lexus or justice?
A dream or some substance?
A Beemer, a necklace, or freedom?

- Dead Prez