13 brilliant quotes from Warren Buffett, the greatest investor of all time

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett holds a Korean traditional crown, which is a present from employees of TaeguTec, during a meeting with employees in Daegu, about 300 km (189 miles) southeast of Seoul, October 25, 2007.

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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett holds a Korean traditional crown, which is a present from employees of TaeguTec, during a meeting with employees in Daegu, about 300 km (189 miles) southeast of Seoul, October 25, 2007.
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Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors in history. “The Oracle of Omaha” has an estimated net worth of nearly $77 billion, making him the fourth-richest person in the world.

From drinking Coke for breakfast to carrying around an old-school flip phone, Buffett has always done things his way.

On the occasion of his 88th birthday on August 30, we compiled a few of his best quotes to take you inside his head.


Always know who you’re dealing with.

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“You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.”


Pick the right crowd.

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“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”


Some things take time.

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“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”


Act with integrity.

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


If you want to be successful, make reading a habit.

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“I just sit in my office and read all day”


Bad things aren’t obvious when times are good.

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“After all, you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out”


Keep it simple.

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“It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”


Go against the crowd.

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“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”


Success is not defined by a price tag or number.

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“I measure success by how many people love me.”


Be confident.

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“I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.”


Give to those less fortunate.

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“If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%.”


Don’t forget business basics.

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“Price is what you pay; value is what you get.”


You don’t have to be a genius to invest well.

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“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ.”

Kathleen Elkins and Anaele Pelisson contributed to this story.