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Charlie Munger Quote: “Take a simple idea and take it seriously.”

Take a simple idea and take it seriously.

— Charlie Munger



Charlie Munger Quote: “Three rules for a career: Don't sell anything you wouldn't buy yourself. Don't work for anyone you don't respect and admire. Work only with people you enjoy.”

Three rules for a career: Don't sell anything you wouldn't buy yourself. Don't work for anyone you don't respect and admire. Work only with people you enjoy.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “People calculate too much and think too little.”

People calculate too much and think too little.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “The big money is not in the buying and selling, but in the waiting.”

The big money is not in the buying and selling, but in the waiting.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn't read all the time — none, zero.”

In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn't read all the time — none, zero.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Recognize reality even when you don't like it – especially when you don't like it.”

Recognize reality even when you don't like it – especially when you don't like it.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “You don't have to be brilliant, only a little bit wiser than the other guys, on average, for a long, long time.”

You don't have to be brilliant, only a little bit wiser than the other guys, on average, for a long, long time.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Spend each day getting a little wiser than you were when you woke up.  Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Step by step you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts.  But you build discipline by preparing for fast spurt.  Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day.  At the end of the day - if you live long enough - most people get what they deserve.”

Spend each day getting a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Step by step you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. But you build discipline by preparing for fast spurt. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day - if you live long enough - most people get what they deserve.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “There are always people who will be better at something than you are. You have to learn to be a follower before you become a leader.”

There are always people who will be better at something than you are. You have to learn to be a follower before you become a leader.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Acknowledging what you don't know is the dawning of wisdom.”

Acknowledging what you don't know is the dawning of wisdom.

— Charlie Munger



Charlie Munger Quote: “No wise pilot, no matter how great his talent and experience, fails to use his checklist.”

No wise pilot, no matter how great his talent and experience, fails to use his checklist.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Remember that reputation and integrity are your most valuable assets – and can be lost in a heartbeat.”

Remember that reputation and integrity are your most valuable assets – and can be lost in a heartbeat.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “The safest way to try to get what you want is to try to deserve what you want. It's such a simple idea. It's the golden rule. You want to deliver to the world what you would buy if you were on the other end.”

The safest way to try to get what you want is to try to deserve what you want. It's such a simple idea. It's the golden rule. You want to deliver to the world what you would buy if you were on the other end.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “All intelligent investing is value investing – acquiring more than you are paying for. You must value the business in order to value the stock.”

All intelligent investing is value investing – acquiring more than you are paying for. You must value the business in order to value the stock.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.”

The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Assume life will be really tough, and then ask if you can handle it. If the answer is yes, you've won.”

Assume life will be really tough, and then ask if you can handle it. If the answer is yes, you've won.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “A great business at a fair price is superior to a fair business at a great price.”

A great business at a fair price is superior to a fair business at a great price.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “I'm right, and you're smart, and sooner or later you'll see I'm right.”

I'm right, and you're smart, and sooner or later you'll see I'm right.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Almost all good businesses engage in 'pain today, gain tomorrow' activities.”

Almost all good businesses engage in 'pain today, gain tomorrow' activities.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “When you borrow a man's car, always return it with a tank of gas.”

When you borrow a man's car, always return it with a tank of gas.

— Charlie Munger



Charlie Munger Quote: “The wise ones bet heavily when the world offers them that opportunity.  They bet big when they have the odds.  And the rest of the time, they don't.  It's just that simple.”

The wise ones bet heavily when the world offers them that opportunity. They bet big when they have the odds. And the rest of the time, they don't. It's just that simple.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “It takes character to sit there with all that cash and do nothing. I didn't get to where I am by going after mediocre opportunities.”

It takes character to sit there with all that cash and do nothing. I didn't get to where I am by going after mediocre opportunities.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Someone will always be getting richer faster than you. This is not a tragedy.”

Someone will always be getting richer faster than you. This is not a tragedy.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “I believe in the discipline of mastering the best that other people have ever figured out. I don't believe in just sitting down and trying to dream it all up yourself. Nobody's that smart.”

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

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “We have three baskets for investing: yes, no and too tough to understand. ”

We have three baskets for investing: yes, no and too tough to understand.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Determine value apart from price; progress apart from activity; wealth apart from size.”

Determine value apart from price; progress apart from activity; wealth apart from size.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Intense interest in any subject is indispensable if you're really going to excel in it.”

Intense interest in any subject is indispensable if you're really going to excel in it.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “What you have to learn is to fold early when the odds are against you, or if you have a big edge, back it heavily because you don't get a big edge often. Opportunity comes, but it doesn't come often, so seize it when it does come.”

What you have to learn is to fold early when the odds are against you, or if you have a big edge, back it heavily because you don't get a big edge often. Opportunity comes, but it doesn't come often, so seize it when it does come.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “The difference between a good business and a bad business is that good businesses throw up one easy decision after another. The bad businesses throw up painful decisions time after time.”

The difference between a good business and a bad business is that good businesses throw up one easy decision after another. The bad businesses throw up painful decisions time after time.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “I think track records are very important. If you start early trying to have a perfect one in some simple thing like honesty, you're well on your way to success in this world.”

I think track records are very important. If you start early trying to have a perfect one in some simple thing like honesty, you're well on your way to success in this world.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “The safest way to get what you want is to deserve what you want.”

The safest way to get what you want is to deserve what you want.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “It never ceases to amaze me to see how much territory can be grasped if one merely masters and consistently uses all the obvious and easily learned principles.”

It never ceases to amaze me to see how much territory can be grasped if one merely masters and consistently uses all the obvious and easily learned principles.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.”

Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Never, ever, think about something else when you should be thinking about the power of incentives.”

Never, ever, think about something else when you should be thinking about the power of incentives.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “What's the best way to get a good spouse? The best single way is to deserve a good spouse because a good spouse is by definition not nuts.”

What's the best way to get a good spouse? The best single way is to deserve a good spouse because a good spouse is by definition not nuts.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “It's not given to human beings to have such talent that they can just know everything about everything all the time. But it is given to human beings who work hard at it – who look and sift the world for a mispriced bet – that they can occasionally find one.”

It's not given to human beings to have such talent that they can just know everything about everything all the time. But it is given to human beings who work hard at it – who look and sift the world for a mispriced bet – that they can occasionally find one.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Without numerical fluency, in the part of life most of us inhibit, you are like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.”

Without numerical fluency, in the part of life most of us inhibit, you are like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Learn how to ignore the examples from others when they are wrong, because few skills are more worth having.”

Learn how to ignore the examples from others when they are wrong, because few skills are more worth having.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “We try more to profit from always remembering the obvious than from grasping the esoteric.”

We try more to profit from always remembering the obvious than from grasping the esoteric.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.”

Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

— Charlie Munger


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

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

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Over the very long term, history shows that the chances of any business surviving in a manner agreeable to a company's owners are slim at best.”

Over the very long term, history shows that the chances of any business surviving in a manner agreeable to a company's owners are slim at best.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Invert, always invert.”

Invert, always invert.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “If you don’t keep learning, other people will pass you by. Temperament alone won’t do it – you need a lot of curiosity for a long, long time.”

If you don’t keep learning, other people will pass you by. Temperament alone won’t do it – you need a lot of curiosity for a long, long time.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “To the man with only a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”

To the man with only a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “I did not succeed in life by intelligence. I succeeded because I have a long attention span.”

I did not succeed in life by intelligence. I succeeded because I have a long attention span.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “I won't bet $100 against house odds between now and the grave.”

I won't bet $100 against house odds between now and the grave.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Any year that you don’t destroy one of your best-loved ideas is probably a wasted year.”

Any year that you don’t destroy one of your best-loved ideas is probably a wasted year.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Whenever you think something or some person is ruining your life, it’s you. A victimization mentality is so debilitating.”

Whenever you think something or some person is ruining your life, it’s you. A victimization mentality is so debilitating.

— Charlie Munger


Charlie Munger Quote: “Most people are too fretful, they worry to much. Success means being very patient, but aggressive when it’s time.”

Most people are too fretful, they worry to much. Success means being very patient, but aggressive when it’s time.

— Charlie Munger

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