Investment quotes are a great way for investors to learn from experts. They are snapshots of wisdom. An insight into the minds of the professional investors who we all aspire to emulate. Many of these quotes by themselves could be the basis of an entire book.
When you are new to investing, your mind is a sponge. It should be. There is a lot to learn. One of the more important things to learn is how different every successful investor is. Their investing philosophy, styles, and approach to growing their capital are different from their peers. One could not hope to easily duplicate the performance of a Warren Buffet, Carl Ichan, or a Jim Rogers.
It is important to learn the lessons that make these investors great. Both their successes and failures are learning tools. These investment quotes are a mini-lessons about how these investors approach investing.
30 Investment Quotes Every Investor Should Read, Especially New Investors
“Things are almost never clear on Wall Street, or when they are, then it’s too late to profit from them.” - Peter Lynch
“Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism, and die on euphoria.” – Sir John Templeton
“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable” – John Kenneth Galbraith
“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal
“It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.” – George Soros
“The elements of good trading are: (1) cutting losses, (2) cutting losses, and (3) cutting losses. If you follow these three rules, you may have a chance.” – Ed Seykota
“In the short run, the market is a voting machine, but in the long run it is a weighing machine.” – Benjamin Graham
“When you have tremendous conviction on a trade, you have to go for the jugular. It takes courage to be a pig.” –Stanley Druckenmiller
“Doing what everyone else is doing at the moment, and therefore what you have an almost irresistible urge to do, is often the wrong thing to do at all.” – Phil Fisher
“Learning about investing from books is like learning about sex from romance novels.” – Charlie Munger
“If you’re prepared to invest in a company, then you ought to be able to explain why in simple language that a fifth grader could understand, and quickly enough so the fifth grader won’t get bored.” – Peter Lynch
“Outright speculation is neither illegal, immoral, nor (for most people) fattening to the pocketbook . . . There is intelligent speculation as there is intelligent investing. But there are many ways in which speculation may be unintelligent. Of these the foremost are: (1) speculating when you think you are investing; (2) speculating seriously instead of as a pastime, when you lack proper knowledge and skill for it; and (3) risking more money in speculation than you can afford to lose.” – Benjamin Graham
“The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different’.” – Sir John Templeton
“Thus inflation is unjust and deflation is inexpedient. Of the two perhaps deflation is, if we rule out exaggerated inflations such as that of Germany, the worse; because it is worse, in an impoverished world, to provoke unemployment than to disappoint the rentier. But it is necessary that we should weigh one evil against the other. It is easier to agree that both are evils to be shunned.” – John Maynard Keynes
“It never was my thinking that made big money for me. It was always my sitting. Got that? My sitting tight!” – Jesse Livermore
“Investing is the intersection of economics and psychology.” – Seth Klarman
“Buy when there is blood in the streets.” – Nathan Rothschild
“If investing is entertaining, if you’re having fun, you’re probably not making any money. Good investing is boring.” –George Soros
“Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.” – Warren Buffett
“In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value” – Alan Greenspan
“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” – Franklin D Roosevelt
“Wall Street’s graveyards are filled with men who were right too soon.” – William Hamilton
“Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.” – Paul Samuelson
“The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.” – John Maynard Keynes
“Never confuse brains with a bull market.” – Humpfrey Neill
“The single greatest edge an investor can have is a long-term orientation.” – Seth Klarman
“It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.” – Warren Buffett
“The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.” – John Maynard Keynes
“In trading you have to be defensive and aggressive at the same time. If you are not aggressive, you are not going to make any money, and if you are not defensive, you are not going to keep it” – Ray Dalio
“There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen.” – Frédéric Bastiat
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About the author: Kirk Chisholm is a Wealth Manager and Principal at Innovative Advisory Group. His roles at IAG are co-chair of the Investment Committee and Head of the Traditional Investment Risk Management Group. His background and areas of focus are portfolio management and investment analysis in both the traditional and alternative investment markets. He received a BA degree in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.Disclaimer:This article is intended solely for informational purposes only, and in no manner intended to solicit any product or service. The opinions in this article are exclusively of the author(s) and may or may not reflect all those who are employed, either directly or indirectly or affiliated with Innovative Advisory Group, LLC.