The Top Inspirational Quotes From the Book Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham wrote one of the most influential books in investing. This book has been recommended by millions of people around the world.

Below are some great quotes from this book. Enjoy.

“The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.” 

― Benjamin Graham

“The stock investor is neither right or wrong because others agreed or disagreed with him; he is right because his facts and analysis are right.” 

― Benjamin Graham

“And back in the spring of 1720, Sir Isaac Newton owned shares in the South Sea Company, the hottest stock in England. Sensing that the market was getting out of hand, the great physicist muttered that he “could calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of the people.” Newton dumped his South Sea shares, pocketing a 100% profit totaling £7,000. But just months later, swept up in the wild enthusiasm of the market, Newton jumped back in at a much higher price—and lost £20,000 (or more than $3 million in today’s money). For the rest of his life, he forbade anyone to speak the words “South Sea” in his presence. 4” 

― Benjamin Graham

“On the other hand, investing is a unique kind of casino—one where you cannot lose in the end, so long as you play only by the rules that put the odds squarely in your favor.” 

― Benjamin Graham

“invest only if you would be comfortable owning a stock even if you had no way of knowing its daily share price.3” 

― Benjamin Graham

“With every new wave of optimism or pessimism, we are ready to abandon history and time-tested principles, but we cling tenaciously and unquestioningly to our prejudices.    ” 

― Benjamin Graham

“An investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis promises safety of principal and an adequate return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative.” 

― Benjamin Graham

“In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.” 

― Benjamin Graham

“But investing isn’t about beating others at their game. It’s about controlling yourself at your own game.” 

― Benjamin Graham

“Americans are getting stronger. Twenty years ago, it took two people to carry ten dollars’ worth of groceries. Today, a five-year-old can do it. —Henny Youngman” 

― Benjamin Graham

“you must thoroughly analyze a company, and the soundness of its underlying businesses, before you buy its stock; you must deliberately protect yourself against serious losses; you must aspire to “adequate,” not extraordinary, performance.” 

― Benjamin Graham

“The psychologists Daniel Kahnerman and Amos Tversky have shown when humans estimate the likelihood or frequency of an event, we make that judgment based not on how often the event has actually occurred, but on how vivid the past examples are.” ― Benjamin Graham

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Author: Khoa Bui

Khoa Bui is an author, trainer and chief editor of YouBeRelentless. He enjoys reading books on self development, success, productivity, money, relationships and leadership. When he's not writing, he likes to enjoy a glass of red wine with a fine cuban cigar while watching the entire season of Entourage. You can check out Khoa's work at www.khoa-bui.com.

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