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101 Stock Market Quotes

Are you a stock market trader or investor looking for some inspiration to take your trades to the next level? Look no further — I’ve compiled some of the finest stock market quotes for traders and investors just like you.

But hey, I haven’t included any investing quotes by Warren Buffett as it’s already published as a dedicated blog post.

101 Investing & Trading Quotes & Sayings For Success

It’s 2020 and stock markets across the globe are crashing RIGHT NOW. And the markets are witnessing the biggest crash since the 2008 financial crisis. If you are already fully invested then the best thing to do right now is to stay away from all the noise and do your stuff.

Because SELLING in a free fall market is one of the worst things you could do to your portfolio. On the flip side, it’s the best time to accumulate your favorite stocks and also to switch from that average performer in your portfolio to a better stock.

Coming back…

Here are the top investing and trading quotes that I like the most. And I would say these are not just quotable quotes. It tells you the story of successful (oh yeah, failed too) traders or investors from across the globe.

  1. “The stock market is always there. It has been there for centuries, and it lives longer than anyone of us here. Therefore, don’t rush and trade all your capital like there is no tomorrow.” — Benjamin Lee
  2. “Plan the trade and trade the plan.” — Unknown
  3. “Don’t work for money, make it work for you.’’ — Robert Kiyosaki
  4. “All your trades must be at position sizes that make you unbreakable mentally and emotionally.” — Steve Burns
  5. “Stocks won’t make you wealthy. Your behavior around stocks makes you wealthy.” — Nick Murray
  6. “The secret recipe for success in stock market is simple. 30% in market analysis skills, 30% in risks management, 30% in emotion control, and 10% in luck.” — Benjamin Lee
  7. “I have two basic rules about winning in trading as well as in life: 1. If you don’t bet, you can’t win. 2. If you lose all your chips, you can’t bet.” — Larry Hite
  8. “Throughout my financial career, I have continually witnessed examples of other people that I have known being ruined by a failure to respect risk. If you don’t take a hard look at risk, it will take you.” — Larry Hite
  9. “Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.” — John Maynard Keynes
  10. “The secret to investing is to figure out the value of something and then pay a lot less.” — Joel Greenblatt
  11. “Do not underestimate the power of a raging bull, and the strength of a bear in stock market. Both have the power to trample you to death if you fight against them.” — Benjamin Lee
  12. “Everyday I assume every position I have is wrong.” — Paul Tudor Jones
  13. “Time is more important than price. When time is up price will reverse.” — W. D. Gann
  14. “If you can’t take a small loss, sooner or later you will take the mother of all losses.” — Ed Seykota
  15. “Accepting losses is the most important single investment device to insure safety of capital.” — Gerald M. Loeb
  16. “Take your profits or someone else will take them for you.” — J.J. Evans
  17. “Know what you own, and know why you own it.” — Peter Lynch
  18. “Bubbles are brutal… they force us to decide to either “look like an idiot before the crash, or look like an idiot after it”. — John Hussman
  19. “Enter early — but not too early. I often think of investing in growth companies in terms of baseball. Try to join the game in the third inning, because a company has proved itself by then. If you buy before the lineup is announced, you’re taking an unnecessary risk. There’s plenty of time (10 to 15 years in some cases) between the third and the seventh innings, which is where the 10- to 50-baggers are made. If you buy in the late innings, you may be too late.” — Peter Lynch
  20. “The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.” — Sir John Templeton.
  21. “In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.” — Robert Arnott
  22. “Pros will reenter a trade after it gets stopped out if the trade sets up again. Amateurs give up.” — Dan de Joya
  23. “Stock market goes up or down, and you can’t adjust your portfolio based on the whims of the market, so you have to have a strategy in a position and stay true to that strategy and not pay attention to noise that could surround any particular investment.” — John Paulson
  24. “I learned that even though markets look their very best when they are setting new highs, that is often the best time to sell.” — Paul Tudor Jones
  25. “Markets trend only about 15% of the time; the rest of the time they move sideways.”— Paul Tudor Jones
  26. “Never make forecasts, especially about the future.” — Samuel Goldwyn
  27. “Astronomic price earnings ratios rarely last for long, as they thrive on excessive hope and for that reason the most has to be made of them while they persist.” — Jim Slater
  28. “If a speculator is correct half of the time, he is hitting a good average. Even being right 3 or 4 times out of 10 should yield a person a fortune if he has the sense to cut his losses quickly on the ventures where he is wrong.” — Bernard Baruch
  29. “Nobody can predict interest rates, future direction of the economy, or the stock market. Dismiss all such forecasts and concentrate on what’s actually happening to the companies in which you have invested.” — Peter Lynch
  30. “I can’t recall ever once having seen the name of a market timer on Forbes‘ annual list of the richest people in the world. If it were truly possible to predict corrections, you’d think somebody would have made billions by doing it.” — Peter Lynch
  31. “Investing is not supposed to be easy. Anyone who finds it easy is stupid.” — Charlie Munger
  32. “Stock market is a battlefield. Always remember to survive in the game first. Only those that survive the battle can enjoy the spoils of the war.” — Benjamin Lee
  33. “Bottoms in the investment world don’t end with four-year lows; they end with 10- or 15-year lows.” — Jim Rogers
  34. “The whole secret to winning big in the stock market is not to be right all the time, but to lose the least amount possible when you’re wrong.” — William J. O’Neil
  35. “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it.” — Albert Einstein
  36. “A successful trader has realistic plans. He knows his abilities and limitations. He sees what is happening in the market and knows how to react to it.” — Alexander Elder
  37. “To be a good trader you need to trade with your eyes open, recognize real trends and turns, and not waste time or energy on regrets and wishful thinking.” — Alexander Elder
  38. “My largest positions aren’t the ones I think I’m going to make the most money from. My largest positions are the ones where I don’t think I’m going to lose money.” — Joel Greenblatt
  39. “The biggest secret about success is that there isn’t any big secret about it, or if there is, then it’s a secret from me, too. The idea of searching for some secret for trading success misses the point.” — Ed Seykota
  40. “To make money in stocks you must have the vision to see them, the courage to buy them and the patience to hold them.” — Thomas Phelps
  41. “If your investment horizon is long enough and your position sizing is appropriate, you simply don’t argue with idiocy, you bet against it.” — Bruce Chadwick
  42. “If we buy the business as a business and not as a stock speculation, then it becomes personal. I want it to be personal.” — Phil Town
  43. “Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.” — Ingvar Kamprad
  44. “Every trader will suffer big loss in their life. How you grow from it will determine your future. Lear from each loss to prevent future blowup.” — Unknown
  45. “If most traders would learn how to sit on their hands 50% of the time, they would make a lot more money.” — Lipschutz
  46. “Bulls make money, bears make money, pigs get slaughtered.” — Unknown
  47. “The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.” — Sir John Templeton
  48. “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” — Unknown
  49. “To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are avidly buying requires the greatest fortitude.” — John Templeton
  50. “I’ve never bought a stock unless, in my view, it was on sale.” — John Neff
  51. “Most investors want to do today what they should have done yesterday.” — Larry Summers
  52. “I am the trader I am today because of the trades I made yesterday.” — Unknown
  53. “There is nothing riskier than the widespread perception that there is no risk.” — Howard Marks
  54. “The problem with the person who thinks he’s a long-term investor and impervious to short-term gyrations is that emotion of fear and pain will eventually make him sell badly.” —Robert Wibblesman
  55. “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” — Jack Welch
  56. “If you are shopping for common stocks, choose them the way you would buy groceries, not the way you would buy perfume.” — Benjamin Graham
  57. “The one reality that you can never change is that a higher-priced asset will produce a lower return than a lower-priced asset. You can’t have your cake and eat it. You can enjoy it now, or you can enjoy it steadily in the distant future, but not both – and the price we pay for having this market go higher and higher is a lower 10-year return from the peak.” — Benjamin Graham
  58. “Good trading is boring. Gamblers seek excitement, pros seek consistent profitability and low volatility. That’s how longevity is achieved.” — Mark Minervini
  59. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  60. “The credibility of any item in finance is inversely proportionate to the amount of publicity it receives.” —- Michael Scott
  61. “Not cheap without reason, nor dear without value.” — Unknown
  62. “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” — Henry David Thoreau
  63. “Even the most intelligent investor is likely to need considerable willpower to keep from following the crowd.” — Benjamin Graham
  64. “A lot of people get so enmeshed in the markets that they lose their perspective.” — Martin Schwartz
  65. “It costs $0.00 to wait for a good trading signal.” — Steve Burns
  66. “The fastest way to lose your whole trading account is to try to quickly double it.” — Steve Burns
  67. “It’s time, not timing, that makes money in the market.” — Unknown
  68. “If you believe you or anyone else has a system to predict the future of the market, the joke is on you.” — R. Wanger
  69. “An investor without investment objectives is like a traveler without a destination.” — Ralph Seger
  70. “The best traders have no ego. You have to swallow your pride and get out of the losses.” — Tom Baldwin
  71. “Fear is a stronger emotion that hope, which is why bear markets are always swifter than bull markets.” — Unknown
  72. “Above all else, in other words, the stock market is people. It is people trying to read the future. And it is this intensely human quality that makes the stock market so dramatic an arena, in which men and women pit their conflicting judgements, their hopes and fears, strengths and weaknesses, greeds and ideals.” — Bernard Baruch
  73. “A portfolio that goes down 50 percent and comes back 50 percent is still down 25 percent.” — Unknown
  74. “In trading the impossible happens about twice a year.” — Henri M Simoes
  75. “The greatest edges rich traders have over unprofitable traders are discipline, patience, perseverance, and a quantified winning system.” — Steve Burns
  76. “A trader must know himself and provide against his own weaknesses.” — Unknown
  77. “Stocks don’t just move, they are moved.” — Jeff Cooper
  78. “The four most dangerous words in investing: ‘this time it’s different.’” — Sir John Templeton
  79. “All you need is one pattern to make a living.” — Linda Raschke
  80. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin
  81. “The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.” — John D Rockefeller
  82. “In trading everything works sometimes and nothing works always.” — Unknown
  83. “But what actually registers in the stock market’s fluctuations are not the events themselves, but the human reactions to these events. In short, how millions of individual men and women feel these happenings may affect their future.” — Bernard Baruch
  84. “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.” — Sam Walton
  85. “Volatility in the up direction is not a problem, it’s only downward volatility that offers discourse.” — Coreen T. Sol
  86. Human is always subject to his own emotion. How many of us can break free from the greed, fear, and unfounded hope that are so common in stock market?” — Benjamin Lee
  87. “Good trading is not about being right, it’s about trading right. If you want to be successful, you need to think of the long run and ignore the individual trades.” — Curtis Faith
  88. “A winning strategy must include losing.” — Rich Dad
  89. “Bear Market: A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry and the husband get no sex.” — Anon
  90. “Bankers are people who lend you their umbrella in good weather, but who want to have it back as soon as it starts raining.” — Mark Twain
  91. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — Benjamin Graham
  92. “Mature understanding of and respect of risk is the hallmark of the best traders. They know if you don’t keep an eye of risk, it will set its eye on you.” — Richard Dennis
  93. “Trading is not a sprint; it is boxing. The market will beat you up, screw with your head, and do anything it can to defeat you. But when the bell sounds at the end of the twelfth round, you must be standing in the ring in order to win.” — Curtis Faith
  94. “The market owes you nothing. Take full responsibility for everything that happens and your results will improve.” — Dan Zanger
  95. “Time is the cause, Volume is the fuel, and Price is the result. Of all these three, Time is the greatest factor in determining stock market direction.” — Benjamin Lee
  96. “A sensible trader never risks more than 2% of his equity on any one trade.” — Alexander Elder
  97. “Know what you own, and know why you own it.” — Peter Lynch
  98. “I’m only rich because I know when I’m wrong… I basically have survived by recognizing my mistakes.” — George Soros
  99. “The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.” — Benjamin Graham
  100. “But investing isn’t about beating others at their game. It’s about controlling yourself at your own game.” — Benjamin Graham
  101. The stock investor is neither right or wrong because others agreed or disagreed with him; he is right because his facts and analysis are right.” — Benjamin Graham
  102. People who invest make money for themselves; people who speculate make money for their brokers.” — Benjamin Graham
  103. “A stock broker is one who invests other people’s money until its all gone.” — Woody Allen
  104. “Trees don’t grow to the sky, and markets don’t fall to the floor.” — Prem Watsa
  105. “On the other hand, investing is a unique kind of casino—one where you cannot lose in the end, so long as you play only by the rules that put the odds squarely in your favor.” — Benjamin Graham
  106. “To be successful, new traders must realize that trading is about probabilities, trends, and risk management, not predictions.” — Steve Burns
  107. “Wealthy people are not gamblers, but simply ordinary people who understand the wealth building principles necessary to succeed.” — Jan Somers
  108. “The longer you wait for a losing trade to reverse and go in your favor, the greater the likelihood that you are on the wrong side of a trend.” — Steve Burns
  109. “Prepare for bad times and you will only know good times.” — Robert Kiyosaki
  110. “Money is not the only thing we invest. We must also be good investors of our time, energy, focus, & love. Our current life is a reflection of the wisdom of our past investments.” — Steve Burns
  111. “Tight congestions in which a breakout occurs for reasons that nobody understands are usually good risk/reward trades.” — Bruce Kovner
  112. “The secret of financial success is to buy cheap, to sell expensive, to collect the money quickly and pay late.” — Richard Lewin
  113. “If you personalize losses, you can’t trade.” — Bruce Kovner
  114. “If you wait for the right time to buy, you’ll never buy anything at all. And if you sell when everyone says sell, you’ll never have anything at all.” — Jan Somers
  115. “I have probably purchased fifty ‘hot tips’ in my career, maybe even more. When I put them all together, I know I am a net loser.” — C. Schwab.
  116. “If your position sizing is too big, it is a certainty that the account will blow up, not if, just when.” — Joo Beng
  117. “Of all speculative blunders there are few worse than trying to average a losing game.” — Jesse Livermore
  118. “One of the most helpful things that anybody can learn is to give up trying to catch the last eighth-or the first. These two are the most expensive eighths in the world.” — Jesse Livermore
  119. “I am just as happy a trader in a bear market as in a bull market, rates up or down, commodities up or down.” — Bruce Kovner
  120. “Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.” — John Maynard Keynes
  121. “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn
  122. “My main life lesson from investing: self-interest is the most powerful force on earth, can get people to embrace and defend almost anything.” — Jesse Livermore

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Closing Thoughts

There’s no such thing as a perfect stock or perfect investing/trading strategy. Everyone follows his own style of investing and trading. I have mine and you have yours (create one if you don’t).

I don’t know how I ended up creating this list of stock market quotes because I never planned to create one. I think the global stock market correction that’s happening right now influenced me and made me put together some of the best investing and trading quotes.

Needless to say, these are my personal trading quotes that makes sense for me one way or the other. There’s a big chance that you won’t agree with some or all of them.

But do feel free to share your opinion as a comment below. If you did enjoy them, then please share it with your friends and family on your social media.

So what’s your all-time favorite investing/trading quote?

Happy Trading/Investing! :)

First Published: March 20, 2018; Last Updated: Friday, January 15, 2021.

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Mahesh Mohan

Hey there, I’m Mahesh (@maheshone) — Your friendly neighborhood blogger and an organic marketing evangelist. I write about tech, marketing, and everything in between that truly excites me.

Outside of that, I’m equally passionate about the financial markets, and also spend A LOT of time doing random things.

Also, the Chief Everything Officer (@Infirn Labs). Say hi: [email protected]

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Outside of that, I’m equally passionate about the financial markets, and also spend A LOT of time doing random things.

Also, the Chief Everything Officer (@Infirn Labs). Say hi: [email protected]

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