There are many famous and successful investors whose work has influenced investing philosophy over the last century. Here we have collected some quotes from a few of them. We hope you find them inspirational as well as thought provoking.

Benjamin Graham


Known as the “father of value investing”, he was a legendary investor and economist. His book “The Intelligent Investor” is still widely read and cited in investment circles, even 40 years after its last revision. One of his most famous disciples is Warren Buffett, but he has influenced many others, including several top contemporary investors and hedge fund managers.
The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.

Warren Buffett


The “Oracle of Omaha” – one of the most successful investors ever, and currently among the top 5 richest individuals in the world, with a net worth of over $70 billion. He is the Chairman and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, through which he has gained most of his wealth. Warren Buffett is known for his frugal lifestyle and focus on value investing. He is also a great philanthropist and has pledged to give away most of his wealth to charitable foundations.
Calling someone who trades actively an investor is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one night stands a romantic.

Peter Lynch


A famous investor and mutual fund manager, he took Fidelity’s Magellan fund from $18 million to $14 billion in assets. During this 13-year period The Magellan fund had an average annual return of 29% and beat the S&P 500 in 11 of those years. One of his strong beliefs is that average investors have an edge over professionals because they can find investing ideas by looking around for investing ideas in their everyday lives.
If you don't study any companies, you have the same success buying stocks as you do in a poker game if you bet without looking at your cards.

John C Bogle


The founder and former CEO of Vanguard. In 1975, he created the first index fund for the general public – the Vanguard 500. His strongly believes that instead of active managers who try (and frequently fail) to beat the relevant index, an index fund can mimic the index and produce better returns over the long run for much lower costs.
Over the short run, however, the fundamentals are often overwhelmed by the deafening noise of speculation - the price at which market values each dollar of earnings.

Mario Gabelli


Founder and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management Company. He is an investor with a net worth of over $1 billion. He is known as a value investor and pioneered securities analysis techniques that are widely followed. He is a frequently seen on financial TV shows and quoted in investment publications.
Value Investing, the I define it, is finding a good business run by smart people, at a reasonably good price relative to its values today and five or more years from now.

David Tepper


A prominent hedge fund manager and philanthropist with a net worth of over $11 billion. His most successful investments have been in distressed securities and, in recent years, he has frequently shown up in the annual list of highest-earning hedge fund managers.
We keep our cool when others don't. The point is markets adapt. People Adapt. Don't listen to all the crap out there.

John Neff


A famous fund manager who managed Vanguard’s Windsor Fund from 1964 until 1995. He managed to beat the S&P 500 during 22 of those years and managed healthy annual returns of 13.7%. He is known for his value investing style based on a strategy of targeting low price-to-earnings (P/E) stocks with high dividend yields.
Don't chase highly recognize growth stocks. Their P/E ratios are invariably pushed up to ridiculously expensive levels. This greatly increases the risk of a sudden collapse in the share price.