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The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.feedback
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May 24 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Warren Buffett is associated, including James, Muhtar, and success. Most recently, Warren Buffett has been quoted saying: “I think it's the thing that makes the most sense practically all of the time.” in the article How one man dug himself out of $70, 000 worth of debt to become a millionaire at 35.
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Sure, some are going to have better than average just but the fact that if you flip a coin, some are going to call heads and some are going to call tails. And one or the other will be right at that time.feedback

With me, it's pretty simple. I really like teaching. I've been doing it formally and, you could say, somewhat informally all my life, and I certainly had the greatest teachers you could imagine. So if somebody thought that I did a decent job at teaching, I'd feel very good about that.feedback

I read and think. So 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.feedback

I'm one quarter Coca-Cola. If I eat 2700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola. I drink at least five 12-ounce servings. It's a different sort of place. We have 25 people in the office and if you go back, it's the exact same 25. The exact same ones. We don't have any committees at Berkshire. We don't have a public relations department. We don't have investor relations. We don't have a general counsel. We just don't go for anything that people do just as a matter of form.feedback

I actually would hope that we have somebody that's ... already very rich – which they should be if they've been working a long time – and really is not motivated by whether they have ten times as much money than they and their families can need or a hundred times as much.feedback

If you go back to 1960 or thereabouts, corporate taxes were about 4 percent of G.D.P. I mean, they bounced around some. And now, they're about 2 percent of G.D.P. Health care was 5 percent of G.D.P., and now it's about 17 percent. When American business talks about strangling our competitiveness, or that sort of thing, they're talking about something that as a percentage of G.D.P. has gone down. I can't recall sending anything out to our managers saying, Let's do this because the tax law is going to change.feedback

Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness.feedback

We made a judgement about See's Candies that it would be special in – probably not in the year 2017 – but we certainly thought it would be special in 1982 and 1992 and fortunately we were right about that. And we're looking for more See's Candies, only a lot bigger.feedback

It was only because we felt that people would not be buying necessarily a lower price candy. I mean it does not work very well if you go to your wife or girlfriend on Valentine's Day – I hope they're the same person – and say, Here's a box of candy, honey. I took the low bid.feedback

We sort of know it when we see it. It would tend to be a business that for one reason or another we can look out five or 10 or 20 years and decide that the competitive advantage that it had at the present would last over that period. And then, it would be a matter of price.feedback

As we sit here, somebody is doing something wrong at Berkshire, . We count very heavily on principles of behavior rather than loads of rules.feedback

When you go out in the world, look for the job you would take if you didn't need the money. You really want to think about, what will make you feel good, when you get older, about your life, and you at least generally want to keep going in that direction.feedback

If there's one clear-cut message that comes out of that bill it is we're going to cut the hell out of income taxes for the rich on investment income.feedback

I don't think he's had that much of an effect on the economy yet. The billionaire investor supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. I do not make investment or business decisions based on who is president or who I think is going to be president. I have never called a president in my life. Never.feedback

I've had years when it's been a lot more than $680,000. But I'm $680,000 better off if everything else is equal just because of what happened last week.feedback

Stupidity. I was impressed with Jeff early. I never expected he could pull off what he did ... on the scale that it happened. At the same time he's shaking up the whole retail world, he's also shaking up the IT world simultaneously. These are powerful, powerful ideas with big potential, and he's executed.feedback

[But] the fundamental earnings power of the bank over a period of years has not been hurt in any material way.feedback

At Wells Fargo, you knew some stuff was coming up through the branches. Somebody didn't pay attention to it. It's just totally bad news.feedback

If so, it was a bigger mistake by far then if he hadn't seen it. And I don't know the answer to that.feedback

3G has come into businesses where they really could do the same level of business with a lot fewer people, and they've made the changes very promptly when it happens. They've been very good about severance pay and all of that, but they have followed the standard capitalist formula, market system formula, of trying to do business with fewer people. That benefits everybody, particularly benefits the owner, but it's a painful process and sometimes there's a big political reaction to it.feedback

It's not a question of being in the market. It's a question of owning businesses. If I wanted to own farms, I wouldn't be buying and selling them based on an election. I wouldn't try to figure that sort of thing out. I can't think of what I really (would) have done much about purchases or sales in any election. When I was a kid, every time a Democrat got elected ... there was a wake in our house, and my father would start storing sugar in the basement. So, I've learned to not put too much weight in any given election.feedback

I think the biggest value will come in when it really replaces human labor. Watson is a pretty amazing invention. I'm sure the revenue is growing significantly but from a very small base.feedback

It's amazing where Apple has ended up with consumers. I can very easily determine the competitive position of Apple now and who's trying to chase them and how easy it is to chase them. The shares when we bought them at least were much more reasonable in relation to current earnings.feedback

Credit cards will tell you a lot about the consumer, what their attitude is.feedback

They have followed the standard capitalist formula ... of trying to do the same business with fewer people. People live better when there is more output per capita. I can very easily determine the competitive position of Apple now and who is trying to chase them. Maybe, may not.feedback

So it is a huge tax cut for guys like me. And when there's a tax cut, either the deficit goes up or they get the taxes from somebody else. Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness. That is a problem this society is having trouble with and is going to have more trouble with.feedback

I personally disagree with the Citizens United decision. I think it is a minus in our democracy, and that big money can often distort the political process. I'm sure that they give money to people I wouldn't vote for, but that is the reality of doing business.feedback

We have got a big appetite for wind or solar. If someone walks in with a solar project tomorrow and it takes a billion dollars or three billion dollars, we're ready to do it. The more there is the better. If you're tied to coal, then you've got problems.feedback

There is a good chance we will do more, and perhaps bigger things. Change is painful for a lot of people, and I would rather spend my days not doing that sort of thing. But I think it is absolutely essential to America that we become more productive. The 3G people do it very fast, and they're very good at making a business productive with fewer people. But we have been doing that in every industry. We fired 2,000 people over time ... at the textile operation. It didn't work.feedback

You're going to be 88 on Monday. In only two years, you'll be eligible for an executive position at Berkshire. Hang in there buddy. I'll put it this way. If the board hires a compensation consultant after I'm gone, I will come back.feedback

In capitalism, people are going to try to take that castle from you so you want a moat around it and you want a knight in that castle who is pretty darn good at warding off marauders.feedback

There's nothing more agonizing than to see your neighbor who you think has an IQ 30 points below you getting rich buying stocks.feedback

The deferred taxes that are applicable to unrealized gains on securities would all be applicable to us. We have $90 or $95 billion in gains, and our owners, dollar for dollar, will participate in that ... If the rate were to drop 10 percent, that $9.5 billion is real. We've had a lot of (tax cuts) in our lifetimes … it's certain that some of a lower corporate rate would be competed away, and it's sure that some of it would inure to the benefit of shareholders. I can't recall sending anything out to our managers saying, Let's do this because the tax law is going to change.feedback

The main problem was they didn't act when they learned about it. We need a money mind as CEO. We have an extraordinary group of good managers.feedback

I believe that probably the five largest American companies by market cap...they have a market value of over two-and-a-half trillion dollars...and if you take those five companies, essentially you could run them with no equity capital at all. None. You really don't need any money to run these companies.feedback

If the market gets hot and people on leverage are doing well, a lot of people will be attracted not only to what I call speculation but what I call gambling.feedback

Early on in the development of markets there's probably some tendency for them I think to be more speculative than markets that have been around for a couple hundred years. Markets have a casino characteristic that has a lot of appeal to people, particularly when they see people getting rich around them. And those who haven't been through cycles before are more prone to speculate than people who have experienced the outcome of wild speculation.feedback

It is no cinch that the industry will have some more pricing sensibility in the next 10 years than they had in the last 100 years, but the conditions have improved.feedback

Driverless trucks are a lot more of a threat than an opportunity to Burlington Northern. Autonomous vehicles widespread would hurt us ... if they spread to trucks, and they would hurt our auto insurance business.feedback

If there's a major problem, the CEO will get wind of it. At that moment, that's the key to everything. The CEO has to act. The main problem was they didn't act. As we sit here, somebody is doing something wrong at Berkshire. But when it gets to some sales practice that was talking place at Wells Fargo, you can see the type of damage it can do.feedback

We count very heavily on principles of behavior rather than loads of rules.feedback

If there's a major problem, the CEO will get wind of it. At that moment, that's the key to everything. The CEO has to act. The main problem was they didn't act when they learned about it. Nobody could possibly replace Ajit. You can't come close. It could be repurchases, it could be dividends.feedback

I don't own [Apple] because of what I think the earnings are going to be in the next three months or six months.feedback

These were the only two guys we (meaning himself and Munger) could find who read as much as we did.feedback

They don't have to check in before they buy or sell anything.feedback

I've revalued it somewhat downward. When it got above $180 we actually sold a reasonable amount of stock.feedback

I was wrong … IBM is a big strong company, but they've got big strong competitors too. I don't value IBM the same way that I did six years ago when I started buying ... I've revalued it somewhat downward. Apple strikes me as having quite a sticky product, and an enormously useful product to people that use it. I don't have an iPhone … I have an iPad. Somebody gave it to me though.feedback

I've never seen a guy succeed in two businesses almost simultaneously that are really quite divergent in terms of customers and all the operations.feedback

I don't value IBM the same way that I did six years ago when I started buying.feedback

I'm a broken record on this subject but since the fall of 2009, literally, it's been about 2 percent a year. I don't think the figures are necessarily accurate when you get to tenths and all of that. Autos are falling off a little now but housing is good, and most of our businesses are doing a little better. It's not perfect reporting. Now what I see isn't perfect either obviously.feedback

I hate cash. I mean we are investing. But [cash] is a holding position until you find something else. But the very fact that interest rates are that low makes it hard for us to buy other things because other people buy things with borrowed money and borrowed money is so cheap. If we are competing with equity money against slim equity plus a lot of debt we're at a disadvantage. I'm very jealous. I thought I was doing OK until I looked at their balance sheet. On the other hand. We've got ours here in the United States.feedback

I don't value IBM the same way that I did 6 years ago when I started buying... I've revalued it somewhat downward. When it got above $180 we actually sold a reasonable amount of stock. I think if you look back at what they were projecting and how they thought the business would develop I would say what they've run into is some pretty tough competitors. IBM is a big strong company, but they've got big strong competitors too.feedback

It's the growth of the Berkshire forest that counts.feedback

If you can't communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you're giving up your potential.feedback

They're chosen for both ability and character. Maybe seven or eight years ago, Charlie [Munger] and I talked about the desirability of bringing on somebody or maybe more than one somebody to both manage money now, but also in preparation for the day that Charlie and I won't be around.feedback

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.feedback

The money is made in investments by investing, and by owning good companies for long periods of time. If they buy good companies, buy them over time, they're going to do fine 10, 20, 30 years from now.feedback

If a statue is ever erected to honor the person who has done the most for American investors, the hands down choice should be Jack Bogle.feedback

He told me he almost didn't fill out a bracket, so he wasn't upset. He told me it will help pay off some of his bills. The odds are that we'll eventually give away that $1 million. We like doing it because we often act as separate companies and this brings us all together.feedback

But investing isn't about beating others at their game. It's about controlling yourself at your own game.feedback

It's waiting that helps you as an investor, and a lot of people just can't stand to wait.feedback

When trillions of dollars are managed by Wall Streeters charging high fees, it will usually be the managers who reap outsize profits, not the clients. Both large and small investors should stick with low-cost index funds.feedback

We are not in bubble territory or anything of the sort.feedback

If you know you're going to live in a given area, or think it's very likely, for a considerable period of time and you've got a family, the home is terrific. Because if you're wrong and rates go to two percent, which I don't think they will, you pay it off. It's a one-way renegotiation. It is an incredibly attractive instrument for the homeowner and you've got a one-way bet.feedback

The "expectation is that investment gains will continue to be substantial – though totally random as to timing – and that these will supply significant funds for business purchase.feedback

If you get a 30-year mortgage it's the best instrument in the world, because if you're wrong and rates go to 2 percent, which I don't think they will, you pay it off. It's a one-way renegotiation. I mean it is an incredibly attractive instrument for the homeowner and you've got a one-way bet.feedback

The home I live in now I bought in 1958 and I wouldn't trade it for anything.feedback

When I bought it for $150,000, I borrowed some money from Great Western Savings and Loans. So I probably only had $30,000 of equity in it or something like that – it's the only mortgage I've had for fifty years. I thought I could probably do better with the money than have it be an all equity purchase of the house. That $110 or $120 thousand I borrowed, I was buying Berkshire then.feedback

Games are won by players who focus on the playing field (long term) – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard (short term).feedback

The fault is not in our stars, it's in ourselves and our short term thinking about returns on investments.feedback

American business – and consequently a basket of stocks – is virtually certain to be worth far more in the years ahead. Investors who avoid high and unnecessary costs and simply sit for an extended period with a collection of large, conservatively-financed American businesses will almost certainly do well.feedback

During such scary periods, you should never forget two things. First, widespread fear is your friend, as an investor, because it serves up bargain purchases. Second, personal fear is your enemy.feedback

I have not seen anything yet that would cause me to change the way we look at evaluating quakes, tornadoes, hurricanes by atmosphere. Now, that may happen some day.feedback

Thank you, Madame Li, thank you, Dalian Trends, for setting a marvelous example for what a business can accomplish in one person's lifetime.feedback

They started sticking tape measures around me and everything and then they showed me a book with ... a whole bunch of samples and said, Pick out a suit. Madam Li wants to give it to you.feedback

The suits we have received have been made in China, we have never had to alter a quarter of an inch. They fit perfectly. We get compliments on them. It's been a long time since I got compliments on how I looked but, since I am wearing Madame Li's suits, I get compliments all the time.feedback

It's a remarkable achievement. It's a story that should inspire people in China and inspire people around the world. I have told that story to many people here in the United States and they marvel at what Dalian Trends has achieved over just these 30 years.feedback

She had started with a sewing machine. And she employed 15,000 people. And she was a marvelous woman.feedback

Will there be another deal at Kraft Heinz someday? My guess is yes, but who knows when ... it would have to be friendly and frankly, the prices in that field make it very, very, very tough to make an intelligent deal. Alex took it as a maybe and gave this letter outlining a deal to Unilever. Once the three of us learned that it was regarded as unfriendly, we had no intention of making one and I think the Unilever people understand that now.feedback

It will do better on balance than what they will get if they go to professionals. Because the professionals, after fees, don't know how to get a better result.feedback

Two and 20 is going to make a lot of people rich, and it's going to make very few investors rich. You don't get better because you charge a lot. That does not make you a better judge of securities or anything like that.feedback

The idea of committing your money at roughly 3 percent for 30 years ... doesn't make any sense to me.feedback

They have developed an online presence that people will pay for. If you look, there are 1,300 daily newspapers left in the United States. (Berkshire Hathaway has) 31 of them. There were 1,700 or 1,800 not too long ago. Now, you've got the internet. Aside from the ones I mentioned, 1,400 or 1,300 of them haven't figured out a way to make the digital model complement the print model.feedback

After that Friday, I got a call indicating that the offer was unwelcomed. It became very apparent that Unilever did not want this offer.feedback

We also have a prize of $100,000 for whoever goes the furthest. Last year, we had two fellows that tied. One of them knew a lot about basketball; the other didn't know anything about basketball, but they each got $50,000 out of it.feedback

My guess is that they will find doing something really comprehensive will be too difficult. If you want to be revenue neutral without the craziest dynamic scoring in the world ... it's going to be very, very tough.feedback

That is the No. 1 of the chief executive of the United States. And that's not an easy job.feedback

I don't worry at all about whether somebody comes from the oil industry or if they have a lot of money.feedback

Probably half the time [in] my adult life, I've had a president other than the one I voted for. But that's never taken me out of stocks. Tillerson makes a lot of sense. Tillerson is going to be working for the United States in that job.feedback

It's true that the airlines had a bad 20th century. They're like the Chicago Cubs. And they got that bad century out of the way, I hope. We'll save that (conversation) for after the show. I think there have been almost 100 airline bankruptcies. I mean, that is a lot. It's been a disaster for capital.feedback

It's the same metric I use for buying any asset. There's no special trick in the valuation. There can be a problem in figuring out what's inside the bank. Otherwise, I'm just looking at it like it's Coca-Cola or American Express.feedback

Many companies, of course, will fall behind, and some will fail. Winnowing of that sort is a product of market dynamism. Moreover, the years ahead will occasionally deliver major market declines – even panics – that will affect virtually all stocks. No one can tell you when these traumas will occur – not me, not Charlie [Munger], not economists, not the media.feedback

Clayton and Berkshire have been a wonderful partnership. Kevin Clayton came to us with a best-in-class management group and culture. Berkshire, in turn, provided unmatched staying power when the manufactured home industry fell apart during the Great Recession.feedback

As the subject of repurchases has come to a boil, some people have come close to calling them un-American –characterizing them as corporate misdeeds that divert funds needed for productive endeavors. That simply isn't the case: Both American corporations and private investors are today awash in funds looking to be sensibly deployed. I'm not aware of any enticing project that in recent years has died for lack of capital.feedback

Our buying out 'partners' at a discount is not a particularly gratifying way of making money. Still, market circumstances could create a situation in which repurchases would benefit both continuing and exiting shareholders. If so, we will be ready to act. To tell owners year after year, Don't count this,' when management is simply making business adjustments that are necessary, is misleading. And too many analysts and journalists fall for this baloney.feedback

If 1,000 managers make a market prediction at the beginning of a year, it's very likely that the calls of at least one will be correct for nine consecutive years. Of course, 1,000 monkeys would be just as likely to produce a seemingly all-wise prophet. But there would remain a difference: The lucky monkey would not find people standing in line to invest with him.feedback

The results for their investors were dismal – really dismal. And, alas, the huge fixed fees charged by all of the funds and funds-of-funds involved – fees that were totally unwarranted by performance – were such that their managers were showered with compensation over the nine years that have passed. As Gordon Gekko might have put it: 'Fees never sleep'. Further complicating the search for the rare high-fee manager who is worth his or her pay is the fact that some investment professionals, just as some amateurs, will be lucky over short periods.feedback

A few, however – these are serious blunders I made in my job of capital allocation – produce very poor returns. In most cases, I was wrong when I originally sized up the economic characteristics of these companies or the industries in which they operate, and we are now paying the price for my misjudgments. In a couple of instances, I stumbled in assessing either the fidelity or ability of incumbent managers or ones I later put in place.feedback

The MidAmerican cash purchase – I was learning – firmly launched us on our present course of (1) continuing to build our insurance operation; (2) energetically acquiring large and diversified non-insurance businesses and (3) largely making our deals from internally-generated cash. Today, I would rather prep for a colonoscopy than issue Berkshire shares. I will commit more errors; you can count on that. Fortunately, Charlie – never bashful – is around to say 'no' to my worst ideas.feedback

I'll repeat what I've both said in the past and expect to say in future years: Babies born in America today are the luckiest crop in history. The bottom line: When trillions of dollars are managed by Wall Streeters charging high fees, it will usually be the managers who reap outsized profits, not the clients. Both large and small investors should stick with low-cost index funds.feedback

I tip my hat to what the 3G people have done.feedback

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.feedback

Defining what your game is – where you're going to have an edge – is enormously important.feedback

You will move in the direction of the people that you associate with. It's important to associate with people that are better than yourself.feedback

You want to associate with people who are the kind of person you'd like to be.feedback

I'm one quarter Coca-Cola. If I eat 2700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola. I drink at least five 12-ounce servings. I read and think. So 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.feedback

If we were here in 1800 and conducting this, somebody would point out that eventually tractors would come along and better fertilizer and that 80 percent of the people are now employed on the farm and in couple hundred years it is going to be 2 or 3 percent, and what are we going to do with all these people? Well, the answer is we released them. Everything should be devoted initially to getting greater productivity. But people who fall by the wayside, through no fault of their own, as the goose lays more golden eggs, should still get a chance to participate in that prosperity.feedback

The idea of more output per capita – which is what the progress is made on productivity – that that should be harmful to society is crazy. If one person could push a button and turn out everything we turn out now, is that good for the world or bad for the world? You would free up all kinds of possibilities for everything else.feedback

We find the world just such an interesting place, so we like to compare notes.feedback

If he waited for the pitch that was really in his sweet spot, he would bat .400. If he had to swing at something on the lower corner, he would probably bat .235. The trick in investing is just to sit there and watch pitch after pitch go by and wait for the one right in your sweet spot. And if people are yelling, Swing, you bum!,' ignore them.feedback

You don't have to be an expert on every company, or even many. You only have to be able to evaluate companies within your circle of competence. The size of that circle is not very important; knowing its boundaries, however, is vital.feedback

If you aren't willing to own a stock for 10 years, don't even think about owning it for 10 minutes.feedback

I knew what everybody thought and all of that at an early age, but what Graham wrote made sense. I just happened to pick up that book up at a bookstore in Lincoln, Nebraska. I certainly wasn't going to be a pro football player. It was a question of zeroing out all the other incompetencies, and I was left with one thing.feedback

We've, net, bought $12 billion of common stocks since the election.feedback

Rule number one: Never lose money. Rule number two: Never forget rule number one.feedback

Ben was this incredible teacher. He was a natural and he drew us all in. It was like learning baseball from a fella who was batting .400. It shaped my professional life.feedback

We don't break up packs of gum – I mean, I've got my principles. I still, to this day, remember Mrs. Macoubrie saying she wanted one stick. They were a nickel and she wanted to spend a penny with me. It was awful; people would spit on the floor. But we had great fun. If I found any winning tickets, my aunt Alice would cash them in for us, because they wouldn't cash them for kids.feedback

I bought this old pinball machine for $25 and we can have a partnership.feedback

I'd committed the worst sin, which is that you get behind and think you've got to break even that day. It was the last time I ever did anything like that.feedback

He probably got them the way we first tried to get them, out of water traps, only he was better.feedback

$3.17 is a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit, but the market's down this morning, so I'll pass up the $3.17 and go with the $2.95.feedback

I had fun when I was in my twenties, my thirties, and now I am 86 and I am having fun.feedback

It's a very strange thing, love. If you try to give it out, you get more back. If you try to hang onto it, you lose it.feedback

There will be hiccups from time to time in the economy. [But] we'll do well over time.feedback

This is a story about my dad and my first wife, and also about my second wife, who all really put me together, saved me. So I think people will see a different side of me than they've seen before.feedback

In my entire lifetime, everything that I've spent will be quite a bit less than 1 percent of everything I make. The other 99 percent plus will go to others because it has no utility to me. So it's silly for me to not transfer that utility to people who can use it.feedback

I know James and like him, and believe the company has made a smart investment in its future with his selection.feedback

Rick lived and breathed Fruit of the Loom, and he was an inspirational leader to everyone associated with the company.feedback

It also provides what I call an anchor tenant in this industry and our stock.feedback

I'd feel terrible if the story the next day was why wasn't Southwest included, and he didn't know we bought it for three months.feedback

He was very good at licensing and promotion. He understands business, but he's obviously better at licensing and marketing.feedback

That doesn't mean they can't criticize him or disagree with what he's doing maybe, but we need a country unified [behind] the legitimacy of the president.feedback

The stock market will be higher 10, 20, 30 years from now. It would have been with Hillary, and it ... will be with Trump.feedback

The stock market will be higher 10, 20, 30 years from now, and it would have been with Hillary, and it ... will be with Trump. 100 percent. ... The market system works. It doesn't work for everybody. It works in aggregate.feedback

It was a dumb incentive system, which when they found out it was dumb, they didn't do anything about it.feedback

I don't know the exact words, but I said I don't think you understand the gravity of this.feedback

Neither would Mr. Trump – at least he would have no legal problem.feedback

I have paid federal income tax every year since 1944, when I was 13. (Though, being a slow starter, I owed only $7 in tax that year.) I have copies of all 72 of my returns and none uses a carryforward.feedback

In the next 10 years, the company loses money every year, every single year, and he takes out $44 million in compensation during that period. In 1995, when he offered this company, if a monkey had thrown a dart, at the stock page, the monkey on average would've made 150 percent. But the people that believed in him, who listened to his siren song, ended up losing well over 90 cents on the dollar. They got back less than a dime.feedback

I will take at least 10 people to the polls who would otherwise have difficulty getting there. He had reserved a 32-seat trolley for the day with a goal of getting the highest-percentage turnout of any congressional district in the country.feedback

How in the world can you stand up to a couple of parents who lost a son and talk about sacrificing because you were building a bunch of buildings?feedback

I pledge today that on Election Day, Nov. 8, I will take at least 10 people to the polls who would otherwise have difficulty getting there.feedback

On balance, it's better to have one class of stock.feedback

Jamie gave me [and others] a call ... probably a little more than a year ago, and suggested we get together and see if we could come together on some general principles for corporate governance that might help show a pathway to the future.feedback

We also have a provision that in the event of any kind of a corporate transaction, the 'A' stock cannot be treated differently than the 'B' stock. I think that's important and we put that in our paper.feedback

[Earnings] guidance can lead to a lot of malpractice. I've seen guidance produce some bad results.feedback

We welcome other views on it. These did not come down on a tablet from the mountain.feedback

Railroad carloadings industrywide fell "significantly" in the first quarter, and "almost certainly will continue to be down the balance of the year.feedback

I would've been amazed if it hadn't come from the top. Pearson … he certainly seemed like the sort of person who forged all important policies on the company. It was an important policy to jack up prices dramatically, unbelievably almost, for certain drugs that people really don't have a substitute for.feedback

I elect to get my 2,600 or 2,700 calories a day from things that make me feel good when I eat them. That's my sole test. I like fudge a lot. Peanut brittle. I am a very, very, very happy guy.feedback

Mark Donegan is an extraordinary manager. I would almost rank Mark as one of a kind.feedback

I don't think you'll necessarily see the same trends this year.feedback

Railroad carloading throughout the industry – all of the major railroads – were down significantly in the first quarter, and probably almost certainly will continue to be down for the balance of the year.feedback

I elect to get my 2,600 or 2,700 calories a day from thingsthat me feel good when I eat them.feedback

For 240 years it's been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start. The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.feedback

It seems highly likely to me that climate change poses a major problem for the planet. But when you are thinking only as a shareholder of a major insurer, climate change should not be on your list of worries.feedback

Jorge Paulo and his associates could not be better partners.feedback

All families in my upper middle-class neighborhood regularly enjoy a living standard better than that achieved by John D. Rockefeller Sr. at the time of my birth.feedback

I think my 'popularity' in China is due to the huge interest in stocks in China that has developed in just a couple of decades. I was in the right place at the right time as the Chinese looked around for famous investors. Also, they like old guys; Charlie's my only competition.feedback

It will take some time to rebuild. But it will not change the economic future of Japan.feedback

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