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Things Smart People Said

There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world. - Thomas Jefferson

If you want to reach your goals and dreams, you cannot do it without discipline. - Lee Kuan Yew

If you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next. - Steve Jobs

I believe in the discipline of mastering the best that other people have ever figured out. I don’t believe in just sitting there and trying to dream it up all yourself. Nobody’s that smart. - Charlie Munger

We act like owners. We focus on very few companies. We try and know what you can know. We try and only buy a few companies which we believe have been built to last in all environments. We recognize that you only need a few good ideas in a lifetime to be fabulously wealthy…. We’re always trying to wonder what can go wrong. We’re very focused on the downside. - Bruce Berkowitz

If it’s very complicated and you don’t understand it, maybe you shouldn’t buy it. - Harry Markowitz

Price is what you pay; value is what you get. - Ben Graham

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

You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. - Ayn Rand

Shun investment fads and fashions in favor of investing in basic financial and industrial enterprises that offer long-term value to the investor. - John Burns

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint. - Prof. Angela Lee Duckworth

So that one may walk in peace. - Imi Lichtenfeld

If something cannot go on forever, it will stop. - Herbert Stein

Come and take. - Leonidas I

A person who has not made peace with his losses is likely to accept gambles that would be unacceptable to him otherwise. - Daniel Kahneman

It is frightening to think that you might not know something, but more frightening to think that by and large the world is run by people who have faith that they know exactly what is going on. - Amos Tversky

Ain't only three things to gambling: knowing the 60-40 end of the proposition, money management, and knowing yourself. - Puggy Pearson

I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. - Arthur Conan Doyle

Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. - George Washington

It was never my thinking that made the big money. It was always my sitting. Men who can both be right and sit tight are uncommon. I found it one of the hardest things to learn. But it is only after a stock operator has firmly grasped this that he can make big money. - Jesse Livermore

I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace. - Thomas Paine

I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts. - Ronald Reagan

Suffer quietly and don't bleed on the rug. - Donald Shultis

Americans and other Westerners who want their families to enjoy the blessings of life in a free society should understand that the life we've led since 1945 in the Western world is very rare in human history. Our children are unlikely to enjoy anything so placid, and may well spend their adult years in an ugly and savage world unless we decide that who and what we are is worth defending. - Mark Steyn

The government cannot love you, and any politics that works on a different assumption is destined for no good. - Jonah Goldberg