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52 Must Read Quotes from Legendary Investor - Warren Buffett | Investing School

Warren Buffett is without question the most successful investor of our time (and possibly of all time).  His savvy deal making abilities coupled with his creative and cheerful personality allowed him to achieve success like no other.

While searching the web for the comments he’s made through the years, I found many insightful comments that truly show off Mr. Buffett’s knowledge so I want to share 52 of these with you below!  Let me know what you think!

  1. A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.
  2. Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
  3. I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.
  4. I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here.
  5. I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.
  6. I don’t have a problem with guilt about money. The way I see it is that my money represents an enormous number of claim checks on society. It’s like I have these little pieces of paper that I can turn into consumption. If I wanted to, I could hire 10,000 people to do nothing but paint my picture every day for the rest of my life. And the GNP would go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch, and I would be keeping those 10,000 people from doing AIDS research, or teaching, or nursing. I don’t do that though. I don’t use very many of those claim checks. There’s nothing material I want very much. And I’m going to give virtually all of those claim checks to charity when my wife and I die.
  7. I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.
  8. 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.
  9. If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.
  10. If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.
  11. If you’re in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.
  12. In the business world, the rear view mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
  13. Investors making purchases in an overheated market need to recognize that it may often take an extended period for the value of even an outstanding company to catch up with the price they paid.
  14. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.
  15. 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.
  16. It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.
  17. I’ve reluctantly discarded the notion of my continuing to manage the portfolio after my death – abandoning my hope to give new meaning to the term ‘thinking outside the box.’
  18. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
  19. Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.
  20. Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius. But Sir Isaac’s talents didn’t extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble, explaining later, ‘I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men.’ If he had not been traumatized by this loss, Sir Isaac might well have gone on to discover the Fourth Law of Motion: For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases
  21. Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You can’t buy what is popular and do well.
  22. Never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results.
  23. 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.
  24. Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.
  25. Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.
  26. Our favorite holding period is forever.
  27. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
  28. Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.
  29. Risk is a part of God’s game, alike for men and nations.
  30. Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.
  31. Wall Street is the only place that people ride to work in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.
  32. The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.
  33. The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.
  34. The line separating investment and speculation, which is never bright and clear, becomes blurred still further when most market participants have recently enjoyed triumphs. Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball. They know that overstaying the festivities — that is, continuing to speculate in companies that have gigantic valuations relative to the cash they are likely to generate in the future — will eventually bring on pumpkins and mice. But they nevertheless hate to miss a single minute of what is one helluva party. Therefore, the giddy participants all plan to leave just seconds before midnight. There’s a problem, though: They are dancing in a room in which the clocks have no hands.
  35. The only time to buy these is on a day with no “y” in it.
  36. The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves-and the better the teacher, the better the student body.
  37. There are all kinds of businesses that Charlie and I don’t understand, but that doesn’t cause us to stay up at night. It just means we go on to the next one, and that’s what the individual investor should do.
  38. There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
  39. Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.
  40. Value is what you get.
  41. 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.’
  42. We don’t get paid for activity, just for being right. As to how long we’ll wait, we’ll wait indefinitely.
  43. We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.
  44. We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.
  45. We’ve long felt that the only value of stock forecasters is to make fortune tellers look good. Even now, Charlie and I continue to believe that short-term market forecasts are poison and should be kept locked up in a safe place, away from children and also from grown-ups who behave in the market like children.
  46. When a management team with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.
  47. Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
  48. Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful”.
  49. Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.
  50. 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.
  51. You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.
  52. Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it’s not going to get the business
52 Must Read Quotes from Legendary Investor - Warren Buffett | Investing School

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Spectacular Photograph of the Milky Way over Mauna Kea Volcano.

Milky Way over Mauna Kea Volcano
Milky Way over Mauna Kea Volcano
Photograph courtesy of Wally Pacholka (TWAN) - NASA

Our galaxy has been photographed many times, but this just released NASA panorama is a beauty! The Milky Way is a large spiral galaxy that contains 200-400 billion stars and is 13.2 billion years old.

On Earth, we are inside the galactic disk of the Milky Way, which is the arc of uncountable ‘milky stars’ we see in the night sky. Just below the great swathe of stars in this photo is Jupiter shining very brightly. Moonlight faintly illuminates the observatory complex of the University of Hawaii on the Big Island (Hawaii) that is on the summit of the extinct volcano of Mauna Kea. The large caldera in the dark foreground is the two mile high Haleakala volcano on Maui that also has an important astronomy observatory on its summit.

At 4,205 meters (13,796 ft) above sea level, Mauna Kea is the highest island mountain in the world and the Observatory is above 40 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere. Extremely dry, stable air and favorable atmospheric conditions allow for many superb observation nights throughout the year. The complex has 13 telescopes operated by astronomers from 11 countries. Among the exceptional equipment are the largest telescopes in the world for optical/infrared and dedicated infrared observations, and also the largest sub-millimeter telescope in the world. The combined light-gathering power of the telescopes on Mauna Kea is 15X greater than that of the legendary Palomar telescope in California – for many years the world’s largest – and 60X greater than that of the Hubble Space Telescope.

So many stars and galaxies to study, and so little time! At the end of every day, let us be renewed by a cosmic beauty that is beyond words.

Spectacular Photograph of the Milky Way over Mauna Kea Volcano.

16 Unique and Impressive On-Screen Transformations

Many movies require actors and actresses to wear costumes or to apply basic makeup to take on a specific role. Some directors may even require an actors and actresses to change their hair color or lose weight. Few movies, however, require its stars to undergo massive transformations for their roles-a select few of which are unique to the point that they create a memorable experience in and of themselves. From prosthetic body parts to changing one’s race, gender or species, these are the most unique transformations that actors have undergone for their on-screen performances.

Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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In the film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s famous children’s book , Pitt plays a character that ages backwards. He went several transformations for this film, and it is not until the end do female movie goers get to see the Brad Pitt they are used to. Certainly different than PItt’s role in Fight Club.

Heath Ledger – Batman: The Dark Knight

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Heralded as Ledger’s career defining performance, his portrayal of The Joker was quite different than that of his precursor, Jack Nicholson. A nice touch was the subtler green hair, an overall more disturbed and disheveled appearance, and the “Chelsea Grin” facial scars. His portrayal of The Joker could easily be regarded as the only character in this franchise capable of giving children nightmares.

Charlize Theron – Monster

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Theron takes a break from being unbelievably hot by gaining weight, aging 25 years, and not wearing make up. And the denouement of her portrayal of a lesbian prostitute-turned-serial killer character, is the bad fitting jeans that moms used to wear in the early 1990s. Definitely a change of pace for Theron, and a look that we hope to not see her embrace again in the coming years, or ever.

Emma Thompson – Nanny McPhee

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In this film, Thompson plays a haggard, wart-covered, and uni-browed nanny whose unflattering characteristics vanish upon the children entrusted to her care learning to mind her. She is almost unrecognizable until then end of the movie, which makes you go…”Oh yeah…it’s Emma Thompson.”

Mike Myers – The Cat in the Hat

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For The Cat in The Hat, Myers had the distinction of playing Dr. Seuss’ most famous character, and donned a full cat suit and whiskers in order to complete the transformation. For this film, makeup guru Rick Baker was enlisted, who also did the makeup and special effects consulting on Hellboy and Norbit, among others.

Jim Carrey - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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After filming The Mask, Carrey swore off future films involving intense make-up, but claims he was unable to pass on this role. Reportedly, the makeup and costume donned by Carrey for this film took between 3-8 hours to complete. This unique transformation seems as if it could not have been executed successfully, had it been anyone but Carrey.

Rebecca Romijn– X Men

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Romijn’s makeup in X Men, was the culmination of the work of four make-up artists, a hundred small silicon prosetetics, lots of body paint, and nine hours of application per use. The end result is completely worth it. According to Romijn, for X Men 2, the application time was shortened to six hours, which helped her from becoming an evil bitch woman.

Gwenyth Paltrow - Shallow Hal

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Gwenyth Paltrow plays the love interest of Hal (Jack Black) in this 2001 comedy about a shallow man who eventually falls in love with a very fat (but inwardly beautiful woman), because he is hypnotized into believing she is outwardly beautiful. The application of her body suit and accompanying make-up took four hours each time. The upside of seeing Paltrow wearing a fat suit in this fim, is also getting to see her real body in a thong.

Ron Pearlman - Hell Boy

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Ron Pearlman is well known for having donned makeup and prosethetics for roles (Beauty and the Beast), but most impressive was what he became for the filming for the Hellboy Franchise. Most of his red body suit was made of red latex, and the costume itself took 4 hours per application. The upside for Pearlman, is that in this role, he got to be the baddest of all badasses.

Eddie Murphy – Norbit

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For Norbit, Murphy enlisted the work of Rick Baker – with whom he worked on The Nutty Professor and Coming to America – to help create a multitude of other characters, all played by Murphy. Probably the most outrageous of these, was “Rasputia Latimore”, an outrageously sex-crazed and obese woman, who becomes the overbearing wife of the film’s eponymous star. The body suit donned by Murphy for this role (see above) is definitely a masterpiece in and of itself.

Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder

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Tom Cruise’s cameo performance in Tropic Thunder surprised most moviegoers, and arguably stole the show with his depiction of a greedy and ruthless Hollywood producer. For this role, Cruise’s diet-coke addicted “Les Grossman” donned a fat suit, bald wig, chest hair mat and prosthetic hands, among others. It is widely speculated that the inspiration for this character was the human penis (a dick). Which makes a lot of sense if you were to think about.

Robin Willimas - Mrs. Doubtfire

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Robin Williams portrayal as Mrs Doubtfire in this 1993 comedy was so believable, that it made most people wonder if dressing drag was Williams’ regular routine. Interestingly, the prosthetic mask used in the film (which famously goes flying into the street), was actually a prop; Williams’ real facial makeup was a composite of eight separate pieces and a whole lot of blush.

John Travolta – Hairspray

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In Hairspray, Travolta gives a surprisingly convincing performance as “Edna”, a character he envisioned to be Sophia Loren…if she were to gain 200 lbs. This role required Travolta to undergo five hours of extensive make up and prosthetics to complete his transformation. He even wore high heels in a number of scenes, which begs wondering how he was able to do so as effortlessly as he did. Experience?

Eric Stoltz - Mask

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Based on a true story, Eric Stoltz plays a character whose mother is played by Cher, so naturally a serious physical disfigurement is to be expected. However, in this film he portrays more specifically a child suffering from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia. The massive prosthetic cranium earned Michael Westmore & Zoltan Elek an Academy Award for Best Makeup in 1985.

Selma Blair - A Dirty Shame

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The normally small-chested Blair portrays a stripper named “Ursula Udders” in this 2004 offbeat film. The prosthetic breasts used in the film required four hours of make-up. For the nude scene, her ‘nude’ version of the prosthetic breasts cost $5,000 and the studio’s lighting was so bright that the film only had several hours to film before the lights started to crack them. It was essentially a one-time use set, that were discarded shortly after.

John Matuszak - The Goonies

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The one-time professional football player Matuszak famously transformed into everyone’s favorite childhood freak, Lotney “Sloth” Fratelli, in Spielberg’s 1986 The Goonies. The application of his make up – which was quite groundbreaking at the time – took a total of five hours per application. Well worth it. Baby Ruth!

16 Unique and Impressive On-Screen Transformations

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April Winchell » Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit

Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit

February 5th, 2009 · 84 Comments

If you’ve ever read President Obama’s Dreams From My Father, good for you. I couldn’t get past the foreword.

I wish I had. Because today I discovered that there’s a fairly juicy little subplot in the book, involving one of Obama’s high school friends.

Ray, a fellow classmate of Obama’s, was also bi-racial, and also trying to define himself. But what set him apart was his colorful manner of self-expression. Ray cursed like a motherfucker.

This would all be snickerworthy enough, but it turns out that Obama actually read the audiobook version of Dreams From My Father.

And that means he read Ray’s quotes.

And that means you’re about to hear the President of United States using language that would finish Cheney off once and for all.

April Winchell » Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit

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Did You Know That StumbleUpon Is Bigger Than Twitter?

February 9th, 2009

Social discovery site, StumbleUpon is not the most hyped or talked-about site in the social medium. Yet, it has reportedly accumulated over 7 million users, making it almost 50% larger than the much-hyped Twitter.

StumbleUpon helps users discover websites about subjects they are interested in. Users select topics of interest and install the StumbleUpon toolbar in their browsers. Clicking on the ‘Stumble’ button brings up websites that are popular with other users who have the same interests. The user can then vote via the thumbs up or a thumbs down button for that page or can leave the page by hitting the Stumble button again.

Using the StumbleUpon service repeatedly allows the algorithm to profile the user’s likes and areas of interest for future reference, and refer the user to sites that are more likely to be of interest when the user hits the Stumble button again.

StumbleUpon probably gathered a substantial number of new users in the last few months after they added a new feature by which users no longer need to install a special toolbar in the web browser, but can access the service directly through the StumbleUpon.com site.

What is particularly noteworthy and remarkable is that StumbleUpon has achieved so much popularity without promotion of any kind. They don’t seem to rely on a hype-riddled PR machine like Twitter and Digg do, and unlike those two social services, StumbleUpon has a good revenue generation model.

Advertisers can select categories and user profiles they want to target and then direct a lot of traffic to their website via sponsored Stumbles. Advertising on StumbleUpon is similar in many respects to the pay per click ad model, but is in many other ways a truly revolution social ad concept.
It has been estimated that StumbleUpon is making about $10 million a year, unlike Twitter, which is still struggling to identify a revenue model by which it can support itself.

This revenue is likely to make the company profitable and adds to the profits of parent company, eBay, which bought StumbleUpon in April 2007 for $75 million, when Stumble upon had only 2 million users.

Did You Know That StumbleUpon Is Bigger Than Twitter? | AccuraCast Search Daily News

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