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Warren Buffett, 82, is the world’s most successful (and richest) value investor. The 'Oracle of Omaha' is also famous for his aphorisms not just about investing, but also life in general. His biographer Alice Schroeder says that while Mr. Buffett likes to speak in folksy aphorisms, in fact, his investing is very complicated. Here are some of Report on Business's favourites:

“Investing is simple, but not easy.” (Photo: Warren Buffett, competes in a newspaper tossing competition at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in May, 2012.)

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"Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction." (Photo: Warren Buffett at a 2011 news conference in Japan.)

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“It's only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked.”

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“Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill.”


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“Basically, when you get to my age, you’ll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.” (Photo: Warren Buffett sits with his late wife, Susan and daughter, Susie, at a Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.)

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"Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No. 1." (Photo: Warren Buffet uses an oversized paddle against Olympian Ariel Hsing during several rounds of ping pong at in a May, 2012 shareholders meeting.)

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“If you aren't willing to own a stock for ten years, don't even think about owning it for ten minutes.” (Photo: Warren Buffett among fellow billionaires on the cover of the 2012 Forbes 400 issue on philanthropy.)


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"Never invest in a business you can’t understand." (Photo: Warren Buffett plays with a western band during a 2007 shareholders meeting.)

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"I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me." (Photo: Warren Buffett at a 2008 shareholders meeting.)


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"Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, 'Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.'" (Photo: Warren Buffett poses on a motorcycle at a 2008 shareholders meeting.)


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“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” (Photo: Warren Buffett plays bridge with shareholders during a 2008 meeting.)


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"A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing." (Photo: Warren Buffett with his son, Peter, and daughter, Susie, at a Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in 2007.)

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“Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to take advice from those who take the subway.”


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"It’s class warfare; my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be." (Photo: Warren Buffett featured in a Geico video prepared for a shareholders meeting. Geico is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.)


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"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians." (Photo: A man holds a copy of the 2008 book Even Buffett Isn't Perfect by Vahan Janjigian at a 2008 shareholders meeting.)

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