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Stock Market Sayings and Quotations

Updated on December 13, 2014

Finance and Investment Quotations and Sayings from Wall Street the City and other Stock Markets

After many years of "playing the stock-markets" I have heard so many stock market saying and quotations, some very amusing, some very contradictory. Here are some of my favourites, including some that are actually useful and wise advice and some that are amusing, from the likes of Warren Buffett ("The Sage of Omaha"), Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham (Buffett's metor and teacher), Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Author of The Black Swan Books) and of course, Mark Twain.

Warren Buffett Quotations

Warren Buffett is one of the most prolific providers of quotable sayings, although this is partly because he has been doing it so long (and still coming out a few new ones each year)

Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1

A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.

Beware of geeks bearing formulas.

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.

Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.

I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years

If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.

If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.

It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.

Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.

Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.

Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.

Our favorite holding period is forever.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.

Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.

The investor of today does not profit from yesterday's growth.

The only time to buy these is on a day with no "y" in it.

There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.

Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.

We believe that according the name 'investors' to institutions that trade actively is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a 'romantic.'

We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.

When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.

When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.

Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful".

Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.

You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing.

You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.

Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business.

Old Stock Market Adages

Perhaps one of the most well-known stock market adage is:

"sell in May and stay away until St. Leger's Day."

An old, English saying referring to the habit of the London City boys disappearing for The Season and only coming back to work after the last horse race of the season. Often translated to Halloween for the American market.

Benjamin Graham Quotations

Warren Buffett's Mentor

Benjamin Graham was Warren Buffett's mentor and teacher and also can out with a lot of good quotations:

If you are shopping for common stocks, choose them the way you would buy groceries, not the way you would buy perfume.

Individuals who cannot master their emotions are ill-suited to profit from the investment process.

The underlying principles of sound investment should not alter from decade to decade, but the application of these principles must be adapted to significant changes in the financial mechanisms and climate.

The investor's chief problem - and even his worst enemy - is likely to be himself.

Most businesses change in character and quality over the years, sometimes for the better, perhaps more often for the worse. The investor need not watch his companies' performance like a hawk; but he should give it a good, hard look from time to time.

The risk of paying too high a price for good-quality stocks - while a real one - is not the chief hazard confronting the average buyer of securities. Observation over many years has taught us that the chief losses to investors come from the purchase of low-quality securities at times of favorable business conditions. The purchasers view the current good earnings as equivalent to "earning power" and assume that prosperity is synonymous with safety.

Operations for profit should be based not on optimism but on arithmetic

In the world of securities, courage becomes the supreme virtue after adequate knowledge and a tested judgment are at hand

To achieve satisfactory investment results is easier than most people realize; to achieve superior results is harder than it looks

More of My Favourite Investment Sayings

"the hardest thing about riding a bull market is staying on"

definitions of a bubble is "a bull market in which you don't have a position" (Dominic Frisby, Money Morning)

"Everyone should have 10% of their portfolio in gold and hope it doesn't go up in value" (i.e. gold is a hedge against other all other investments collapsing).

"A buy and hold investment is a short-term trade that went wrong"

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

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. ~Jean-Paul Kauffmann

A few More Rules for Success

A bull market climbs a wall of worry.

A rising tide lifts all boats.

As goes January, so goes the year.

Buy high and sell low (or was it the other way round?)

Buy the rumor and sell the news.

Buy the rumor, sell the fact


Don't try to catch a falling knife - i.e. if something is falling you could get hurt trying to catch it until it stops falling, then pick it up safely

Economists have forecasted 9 out of the last 5 recessions.

Everything that gristles is not gold - William Shakespeare

"A gold-mine is just a hole in the ground with a liar at the top" ~ Mark Twain

"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head." ~ Warren Buffett

More Quotes

Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. -- John Maynard Keynes

Never make forecasts, especially about the future. -- Samuel Goldwyn

Economists have predicted 14 of the last 3 recessions

Never invest in a company without understanding its finances. The biggest losses in stocks come from companies with poor balance sheets. Peter Lynch

Banks hire dull people and train them to be even more dull. If they look conservative, it's only because their loans go bust on rare, very rare occasions. But bankers are not conservative at all. They are just phenomenally skilled at self-deception by burying the possibility of a large, devastating loss under the rug - Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Author of The Black Swan Books)



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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      Believe me, I can relate to many of these. I should have listened to the sage of Omaha a long time ago.

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      dgpholdings 3 years ago

      Great lens, very informative. Thanks

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      TechnicalIndicators 3 years ago

      I am an ETF trader, thanks for your sharing. They are interesting.

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      robertred24 4 years ago

      I prefer trading in stock options

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      tivlu 4 years ago

      His new quote and second tweet is that he "is bullish ... on women"

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      jasongonce001 lm 4 years ago

      Whenever you send a quotation for any of your financial projects keep in mind few things that it should be balanced enough for loss and options trading systems

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well, gold sure did go up since I was last here and silver and copper...didn't have any....well a few copper pennies!

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      profit confiden 4 years ago

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      PamelaU 5 years ago

      Funny quotes and snippets of wisdom!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great quotes and great info as always.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Good stuff! How many people get all caught up and forget this simple one? Operations for profit should be based not on optimism but on arithmetic

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow! This is a lot of interesting 'Money talk'!

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Very informative Lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      LOL.... I am sure MF Global sayings are just around the corner.

      Nice lens.

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      redleafloans 5 years ago

      The Warren Buffett quotes are awesome. You always have great lenses. Keep it up. Take care.

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      Sombotra82 6 years ago

      Love the Warren Buffet quotes about buying stocks.

      Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1

      A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.

      Beware of geeks bearing formulas.

      Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.

      Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My brain is stuck on "everyone should have 10% of their portfolio in gold and hope it doesn't go up in value", guess I have a lot to learn!

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      laki2lav 6 years ago

      you have a lot of info here. good job.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I like the one, "In business, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield."

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      This is not usually what people mean by 'stock quotes' but its great!

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      Who knew money kings were so funny?

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Above my little head lol

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      fenellashorty 7 years ago

      Good selection of funny quotations