We regularly hear from successful investors, and others, about greed, fear and the like. And how we should buy when others are fearful and sell when other are greedy. The following selection of quotes delves a little more deeply into the subject, and links investing to life.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin


“The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.”

Phillip Fisher


“Know what you own, and know why you own it.”

Peter Lynch


“Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.”

Paul Samuelson


“The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.’”

Sir John Templeton


“It amazes me how people are often more willing to act based on little or no data than to use data that is a challenge to assemble.”

Robert J. Shiller


“The broker said the stock was “poised to move.” Silly me, I thought he meant up.”

Randy Thurman


“Acknowledge the complexity of the world and resist the impression that you easily understand it. People are too quick to accept conventional wisdom, because it sounds basically true and it tends to be reinforced by both their peers and opinion leaders, many of whom have never looked at whether the facts support the received wisdom. It’s a basic fact of life that many things “everybody knows” turn out to be wrong.”

Jim Rogers


“Never trust a stockbroker under the age of 60.”

David R. Wommack


“Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing.”

John D. Rockefeller


“Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.”

John Maynard Keynes