Over 50 of the Best Trading and Investing Quotes of All Time

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After a decade, many books and countless hours online, we’ve collected >50 of the best trading and investing quotes off all time. It covers both Trading (short term, often technical trading ideas) and Investing quotes (long term, fundamental and value investing). Enjoy.

Ratios

5/1 Reward-to-Risk ratio allows a 20% hit rate. I can be a complete imbecile (wrong 80% of the time) and still not lose. — Paul Tudor Jones

Simple maths

All the math you need in the stock market you get in the fourth grade. — Peter Lynch

Just one pattern

All you need is one pattern to make a living. — Linda Raschke

Pro-Am

Amateurs think about how much money they can make. Professionals think about how much money they could lose. — Jack Schwager paraphrase

Invest in yourself

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. — Benjamin Franklin

Those quotes

Beware of trading quotes. — Andreas Clenow

10-yr lows

Bottoms in the investment world don’t end with four-year lows; they end with 10 or 15-year lows. — Jim Rogers

Act on facts

Buy not on optimism, but on arithmetic. — Benjamin Graham

Logic vs emotion

Choose shares the way you would buy groceries, not the way you would buy perfume. — Benjamin Graham

Protect

Don’t focus on making money; focus on protecting what you have. — Paul Tudor Jones

No surprises

Every once in a while, the market does something so stupid it takes your breath away. — Jim Cramer

Risk & reward

Frankly, I don’t see markets; I see risks, rewards, and money. — Larry Hite

Financially free

Freedom isn’t the acquisition of stuff. Live on less than what you make and invest the rest. Otherwise you won’t win. — Dave Ramsey

Bargains

Generally, the greater the stigma or revulsion, the better the bargain. — Seth Klarman

Fully invested

How many millionaires do you know who have become wealthy by investing in savings accounts? I rest my case. — Robert G. Allen

No worries

I always define my risk, and I don’t have to worry about it. — Tony Saliba

Contrarian

I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful. — Warren Buffett

Keep your capital

I would not pre-pay. I would invest instead and let the investments cover it. — Dave Ramsey

Should be boring

If investing is entertaining, you’re probably not making any money. Good investing is boring. — George Soros

No emotions

If you personalize losses, you can’t trade. — Bruce Kovner

Comfort

In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable. — Robert Arnott

6 out of 10

In this business if you’re good, you’re right six times out of ten. You’re never going to be right nine times out of ten. — Peter Lynch

Your career

Invest in yourself. Your career is the engine of your wealth. — Paul Clitheroe

Economics & psychology

Investing is the intersection of economics and psychology. — Seth Klarman

Boring

Investing should be more like watching grass grow. If you want excitement, go to Vegas. — Paul Samuelson

Reputation

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. — Warren Buffett

Learn & move on

It’s OK to be wrong; it’s unforgivable to stay wrong. — Martin Zweig

How much you keep

It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for. — Robert Kiyosaki

Know your shares

Know what you own, and know why you own it. — Peter Lynch

Copy with losses

Learn to take losses. The most important thing in making money is not letting it get out of hand. — Marty Schwartz

Cut bad trades

Letting losses run is the most serious mistake made by most investors. — William O’Neil

Timeframe

Money is made by sitting, not trading. — Jesse Livermore

Focus

Our job is to find a few intelligent things to do, not to keep up with every damn thing in the world. — Charlie Munger

Ignore the noise

Rarely do more than three or four variables really count. Everything else is noise. — Martin Whitman

Be practical

Sheer will and determination is no substitute for something that actually works. — Jason Klatt

Don’t overdo it

Sometimes the best trade is no trade. — Anonymous

Margin of safety

Sound investment distilled into three words,  Margin Of Safety. — Benjamin Graham

The crowd is fickle

Stocks are typically bought in hope and sold out of fear. — Justin Mamis

In-and-out

Take your profits or someone else will take them for you. — J.J. Evans

You have a chance

The elements of good trading are: cutting losses, cutting losses &  cutting losses. If you can follow this, you may have a chance. — Ed Seykota

History repeats itself

The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.’ — Sir John Templeton

Success

The goal of a successful trader is to make the best trades. Money is secondary. — Alexander Elder

Invest, don’t speculate

The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator. — Benjamin Graham

Solvency

The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent. — John Maynard Keynes

Patience

The market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient. — Warren Buffet

Price vs value

The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. — Phillip Fisher

Trade vs trading

There is a huge difference between a good trade and good trading. — Steve Burns

Avoidance

Try consistently not to be stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent. — Charlie Munger

Value investing

Value investing is at its core the marriage of a contrarian streak and a calculator. — Seth Klarman

Continuation

What seems too high & risky generally goes higher and what seems low & cheap generally goes lower. — William O’Neil

Diversification

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

Independent thinking

You can’t be a good value investor without being an independent thinker. — Joe Greenblatt

Be ready

You get recessions & stock market declines. If you don’t understand that’s going to happen, you’re not ready. — Peter Lynch

Focus

You’re going to learn a million things, then you need to forget them all and focus on one. — SunriseTrader

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