Gems from Warren Buffett - Wit and Wisdom from 34 Years of Letters to Shareholders

Gems from Warren Buffett - Wit and Wisdom from 34 Years of Letters to Shareholders

Posted by jack_miller | Published a year ago

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By: Mark Gavagan and Warren Buffett

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A lifetime of Warren Buffett's wit & wisdom in just 122 pages (print version).

This isn't another investment tutorial or biography on Warren Buffett. Instead, it's a collection of 240 of his wittiest and most insightful thoughts ("gems"), culled from 34 years of his letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

These gems lighten spirits with their humor, enlighten minds with their wisdom, and provide an interesting view into one of America's most successful CEOs.

This book captures the essence of Warren Buffett's iconic letters in an entertaining and digestible format

20% of sales (not just profits) are donated to the GLIDE charity, as part of the agreement to use Warren Buffett's copyrighted content.
I like the way the 'composer' arranged the symphony of Mr. Buffett's lines from the letters. An enjoyable read for a non-financy kind of person like me. It gives me even more confidence that good, old-fashioned values in business are the ways to long term success.

- estella_gray

Warren Buffett is a sage in our time. This compendium of his wit and sayings culled from annual reports and other public sources is funny, wise and a must read for everyone. You get a true appreciation for a brilliant mind and a wise yet humble soul.

- stephen_peterson

This book consists of tag lines and witty little gems that show Warren Buffets sense of humor. I was hopeful to learn some nuggets from this book however found myself more so entertained then anything. It's worth a quick once over.

- keith_castillo

The "gems" are sprinkled, without much in the way of context, so they don't help very much. Still, I keep the book in my phone and read one of the quotes when I'm stuck in line somewhere. I'm rarely floored with the wisdom, but it didn't cost me anything. If you want to read something good about Buffett, I like "Snowball."

- aubrielle_walker


- miller_gomez

Gems through the ages. Buffet's wit is as entertaining as his view of high fee money managers. Personally, it was a timely reminder for me on some basic investing thoughts.

- mathew_gomez

I liked the presentation, and Warren has an opinion about everything related to investing.

- keanu_castillo

Buffett is wise and funny, but Mark Gavagan could have done a better job of editing. He repeated several quotes. He might have included longer portions of some speeches.

- ali_martinez

This consists of quotes from Warren Buffett’s letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. They’re quite amusing, and make a good quick read. But you can do better.

Read Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders rather than pre-digested lightweight stuff like this.

If you want to invest like him, there are at least three ways you can do it:

1. Buy shares in Berkshire Hathaway.
2. Buy the same shares that he does, when he does. Men Faber describes how to do this in Invest With The House: Hacking The Top Hedge Funds.
3. Use his techniques to find companies in which to buy shares. Matt Kratter explains how to do this in Invest Like Warren Buffett: Powerful Strategies for Building Wealth.

If you have stumbled across this book while looking for something which explains how to invest your money wisely, you might want to look at my favourite book on investing: Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School.

- gunnar_torres

The book cobbles together a series of Warren Buffett punch lines. Without a more expansive background to the quotes a string of interesting one-liners seems a bit shallow.
If you want to throw around a bunch of Buffett one-liners then the book is probably good.

- maurice_phillips

If you are interested in economics, finance or investing then you simply need to listen to what Warren Buffet has to say.

This book collects some of his greatest insight into easily digestible chapters.

- kiara_turner

ageless advice, which the passage of time has not diminished. After reading it 3 x times, I have decided to start my own business, and review my equity.

- audrina_phillips

Quotations taken out of context are a bit useless. You want full letters rather than few lines copied from them here and there.

- jordan_reed

Great book MUST READ

- emiliano_davis

This is just a book which has quotes of Warren Buffet.

- edith_ramos

Fun read. Not much analysis. Not much needed.

- brooke_price

Poor set of random quotes form the Sage of Omaha.

- hendrix_carter

Wit, wisdom, modesty not usually found in the very wealthy. It is so good.

- annalee_martin

As the title clearly states, this book is not about the man's life or works, but a collection of amusing and witty quotes from his many years of correspondence. It provides a glimpse to the man's outlook on life, his priorities and how he conducts business, but bear in mind that this book is more about showcasing the man's wit and wisdom.

- mabel_gomez

Easy transaction. Good product

- courtney_mitchell

Do your homework, employ the people / buy the company, let it ride. Chill

- harper_jimenez

Wish it had room to be more comprehensive.

- kyla_mendoza

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