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By Michael Yardney

The 25 Best Warren Buffett Quotes. Warren Buffet Series #5 [Infographic]

Warren Buffett is famous for his wit, and will likely go down in history as one of the most quotable and influential investors of all time.

To give you some inspiration for this new decade, this week we’ve be running a series of 5 infographics highlighting Warren Buffett's successes and failures so we can learn some lessons form them.

Today we thought it was a good way to end this series with 25 of the best Warren Buffett quotes accumulated through his lengthy and prestigious career.

The Warren Buffett Series

Part 1 -The Remarkable Early Years of Warren Buffett was published 4 days ago.

Part 2: Inside Buffett’s Brain  was published 3 days ago

Part 3: The Warren Buffett Empire   was published 2 days ago.

Part 4: Buffett’s Biggest Wins and Fails  - was published yesterday. Now...

Part 5: Wisdom from the Oracle

Today’s infographic highlights the smartest and most insightful quotes from Buffett on investing, business, and life.

It’s the fifth and final part of the Warren Buffett Series

25 Best Warren Buffett Quotes Infographic

Don't forget to check out...

Part 1 -The Remarkable Early Years of Warren Buffett

Part 2: Inside Buffett’s Brain

Part 3: The Warren Buffett Empire

Part 4: Buffett’s Biggest Wins and Fails

After sifting through hundreds of quotes from the Oracle of Omaha, Visual Capitalist chose the best 25 of them and sorted them into a few select categories:

Keeping it Simple

Buffett is known for putting his money in “no-brainer” businesses (i.e. Coca-Cola) that are simple to run, with long-term competitive advantages.

Buffett Quotes on Keeping It Simple
#1 “Never invest in a business you cannot understand.”
#2 “I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.”
#3 “I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.”
#4 “A ham sandwich could run Coca-Cola."
#5 “Beware of geeks bearing formulas.”
#6 "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."
#7 “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No.1”


For Buffett, how someone responds to different situations is far more important than their actual skills or knowledge level. Investors must not care what the crowd thinks, and they must be patient, focused, and decisive to maximize their potential.

Buffett Quotes on Temperament
#8 "The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect. You need a temperament that neither derives great pleasure from being with the crowd or against the crowd."
#9 “It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who has been swimming naked.”
#10 “Our favorite holding period is forever.”
#11 “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
#12 “An investor should act as though he had a lifetime decision card with just twenty punches on it.”


Buffett’s decision-making is driven by an assessment of value. Is the asset he is buying worth way more than it is currently being priced at by the fickle Mr. Market – if so, he’ll lay down his chips.

Buffett Quotes on Value
#13 "Price is what you pay; value is what you get."
#14 "Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful."
#15 “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price.”


A Midwestern gentleman, Buffett follows a simple and friendly style of business conduct, with deals often bounded by one’s promise or a simple handshake.

Buffett Quotes on Conduct
#16 "You can't make a good deal with a bad person."
#17 "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."


At 89 years old, Buffett knows a thing or two about business and life. As a result, he’s developed some unique perspectives.

Buffett Quotes on Perspective
#18 “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”
#19 “If past history was all that is needed to play the game of money, the richest people would be librarians.”
#20 “Failing conventionally is the route to go; as a group, lemmings may have a rotten image, but no individual lemming has ever received bad press”
#21 "In my view, derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction, carrying dangers that, while now latent, are potentially lethal."

Life and Success

How did he build such a successful career, and how does one man generate so much wisdom?

Buffett Quotes on Life and Success
#22 “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”
#23 “If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.”
#24 "I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life."
#25 "My life couldn't be happier. In fact, it'd be worse if I had six or eight houses. So, I have everything I need to have, and I don't need any more."

With $89.5 billion to his name, Warren Buffett is not only known for his self-made wealth and investing acumen, but also his wit and quotability.

We hope this selection of the best Warren Buffett quotes helps you think about life and investing differently, and that the legendary investor continues to share his wisdom with the world.

Want more Buffett?

Don’t forget to check out the other parts of our Buffett infographic series which came courtesy of Visual Capitalist:

Part 1 -The Remarkable Early Years of Warren Buffett

Part 2: Inside Buffett’s Brain

Part 3: The Warren Buffett Empire

Part 4: Buffett’s Biggest Wins and Fails

About Michael Yardney Michael is the founder of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.
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