There are many motivational quotes in the age of the internet. Love quotes, life quotes, inspirational quotes, and so on. But they are all generic and don’t mean much. Even more so for stock market investors.
Move over quotes like ‘there is no substitute for hard work’, and ‘buy low, sell high’.
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Here are 10 solid stock market motivational quotes that come straight from the biggest names in the investing world.
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- Motivational quotes (stock market)
- 1. “Bottoms in the investment world don’t end with four-year lows, they end with 10- or 15-year lows.” – By Jim Rogers.
- 2. “I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” – By Warren Buffett
- 3. “The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.” – By Phillip Fisher
- 4. “In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.” – By Robert Arnott
- 5. “Every once in a while, the market does something so stupid it takes your breath away.” – By Jim Cramer
- 6. “Know what you own, and know why you own it.” – By Peter Lynch
- 7. “Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.” – By Paul Samuelson
- 8. “The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.'” – By Sir John Templeton
- 9. “You get recessions, you have stock market declines. If you don’t understand that’s going to happen, then you’re not ready, you won’t do well in the markets.” – By Peter Lynch
- 10. “Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.” – By Warren Buffett
- Bonus list of stock market quotes
- Top 5 motivational quotes by Indian investors
Motivational quotes (stock market)
1. “Bottoms in the investment world don’t end with four-year lows, they end with 10- or 15-year lows.” – By Jim Rogers.
While 10-15-year lows are not common in the stock market, they may happen.
Invest in the stocks of an industry you’ve researched thoroughly and be ready to see your investment go low before touching new highs.
2. “I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” – By Warren Buffett
Going against the majority is the true way to make windfall gains in the stock market. This is one place where trying to fit in can be a giant mistake. Among the motivational quotes here, this one by Warren is probably the most famous one on this entire list.
The truth is, this simple suggestion by him is extremely hard to follow.
3. “The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.” – By Phillip Fisher
People in the stock markets love to look at the historical prices of a share and make buy or sell decisions. This approach is, needless to say, a loss-making approach in the long term and even in the short term.
There can be shares that are at an all-time low and are still not worth paying for. There can be shares that have reached their all-time high and still be worth investing in.
Philip Fisher’s motivational quotes are very popular among slightly more experienced investors.
4. “In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.” – By Robert Arnott
Robert is trying to highlight how important it is to try newer options while investing. Nobody ever made high returns in the stock market without taking risk.
In fact, the more the risk you take, the more you might earn. But then again, it is ‘risk’. The more risk you take, the more you might lose too. Rober advocates careful calculated risk-taking.
5. “Every once in a while, the market does something so stupid it takes your breath away.” – By Jim Cramer
Very smart people have tried to understand and predict the movement of the stock markets. And they have failed.
The stock markets are very irrational in the short term.
You must always be prepared for the unexpected to happen. That is how randomness works.
On this list of motivational quotes, this quote by Jim Cramer is more intended as a statement than a quote or advice.
6. “Know what you own, and know why you own it.” – By Peter Lynch
Do not invest in stocks because everybody is talking about them. There is an interesting topic – circle of competence. Which means you should only invest in stocks that you understand.
And not just that, understand why you invested in a certain stock at all. There might be times when you might have to sell the stock because it does not suit your investment style.
The legendary investor has doled out such great advice to the markets that he has several motivational quotes to his credit.
7. “Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.” – By Paul Samuelson
Investing in stocks over a long period of time is as incredibly boring and often involves hard work. It is not as exciting as many think it is. Paul Samuelson wants you to realize not to expect a thrilling experience from investing.
For that, he suggests you go to casinos and bet.
8. “The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.'” – By Sir John Templeton
A track record is of utmost importance. If you are investing a huge chunk of your money in a stock that has a history of poor performance, don’t expect very different results. Chances of the stock suddenly changing its nature are minuscule.
9. “You get recessions, you have stock market declines. If you don’t understand that’s going to happen, then you’re not ready, you won’t do well in the markets.” – By Peter Lynch
Recessions can and do happen. In fact, they are unavoidable.
If you do not have the courage to stay invested through the ups and downs of the markets, investing in stock markets may not be for you.
As mentioned earlier, most of whatever Peter Lynch said became motivational quotes.
10. “Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.” – By Warren Buffett
This is something new investors may find contradicting. You are advised to diversify your risk by investing in many stocks so if something bad happens to one stock, you don’t lose too much.
But the flip side of this is, if you invest in too many stocks, you don’t get the massive returns from the meteoric rise of a few good stocks.
So what Warren Buffet suggests is that once your understanding of stocks is good enough, you should invest n fewer companies. You should still diversify – but avoid over-diversification.
Bonus list of stock market quotes
1. John Maynard Keynes
“As time goes on, I get more and more convinced that the right method of investment is to put fairly large sums into enterprises which one thinks one knows something about and in the management of which one thoroughly believes.”
2. John D. Rockefeller
“The person who starts simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition.”
3. Warren Buffet
“If you have more than 120 or 130 I.Q. points, you can afford to give the rest away. You don’t need extraordinary intelligence to succeed as an investor.”
4. T. Boone Pickens
“The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit.”
Top 5 motivational quotes by Indian investors
Lets now see the top 5 quotes from Indian stock market investors.
- “Trading doesn’t just reveal your character, it also builds it if you stay in the game long enough.” ― By Yvan Byeajee
- “You never know what kind of setup market will present to you, your objective should be to find opportunity where risk reward ratio is best.” ― By Jaymin Shah
- “If you do choose to invest in a share, invest for the lifetime.” ― By Sandeep Sahajpal
- “Life seems to be like a stock market. Where relationships are traded. Can’t judge when the value of a relationship will go high or low!” ― By Kankane Rakhi Surendra
- “Reaching any goal in trading requires specific domain knowledge and technical skills. But then, after that, it’s all mindset management. Yet most people ignore that —they automatically think they have that last part all figured out, and it’s a mistake.” ― By Yvan Byeajee