Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You can't buy what is popular and do well.
One of the ironies of the stock market is the emphasis on activity. Brokers, using terms such as `marketability' and `liquidity," sing the praises of companies with high share turnover... but investors should understand that what is good for the croupier is not good for the customer. A hyperactive stock market is the pick pocket of enterprise.
For some reason, people take their cues from price action rather than from values. What doesn’t work is when you start doing things that you don't understand or because they worked last week for somebody else. The dumbest reason in the world to buy a stock is because it's going up.
If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.
The future is never clear, and you pay a very high price in the stock market for a cheery consensus. Uncertainty is the friend of the buyer of long-term values.
Leonardo da Vinci
Long Walk to Freedom
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Art of War
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