Top 38 Charlie Munger Quotes

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“I think people who multitask pay a huge price. They think they’re being extra productive, and I think when you multitask so much you don’t have time to think about anything deeply, you are giving the world an advantage you shouldn’t do, and practically everybody is drifting into that mistake.”

― Charlie Munger

“I’m a great admirer of the Trump change of mind about China and making an ally out of China instead of screaming about their trade.”

― Charlie Munger

“I believe Costco does more for civilization than the Rockefeller Foundation. I think it’s a better place. You get a bunch of very intelligent people sitting around trying to do good, I immediately get kind of suspicious and squirm in my seat.”

― Charlie Munger

“When someone takes their existing business and tries to transform it into something else – they fail. In technology that is often the case. Look at Kodak: it was the dominant imaging company in the world. They did fabulously during the great depression, but then wiped out the shareholders because of technological change.”

― Charlie Munger

“Economics profession, they’ve been – they’ve been confident in various formulas, but economics is not physics. The same formula that works in one decade doesn’t work in the next. Economics is a difficult subject.”

― Charlie Munger

“A great business at a fair price is superior to a fair business at a great price.”

― Charlie Munger

“That’s the last thing on Earth you should think about… There’s just a whole lot of things that aren’t going to work for you. Figure out what they are and avoid them like the plague. And one of them is bitcoin… It is total insanity.”

― Charlie Munger

“It’s a real pleasure to earn the trust of your customers slowly over time by doing what’s right.”

― Charlie Munger

“A banker who is allowed to borrow money at X and loan it out at X plus Y will just go crazy and do too much of it if the civilization doesn’t have rules that prevent it.”

― Charlie Munger

“Most people don’t grab the right ideas or don’t know what to do with them.”

― Charlie Munger

“I’ve got some advice for the young: If you’ve got anything you really want to do, don’t wait until you’re 93.”

― Charlie Munger

“Look at this generation, with all of its electronic devices and multitasking. I will confidently predict less success than Warren, who just focused on reading.”

― Charlie Munger

“There’s danger in just shoveling out money to people who say, ‘My life is a little harder than it used to be.’ At a certain place you’ve got to say to the people, ‘Suck it in and cope, buddy. Suck it in and cope.’”

― Charlie Munger

“Gold is a great thing to sew into your garments if you’re a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939, but I think civilized people don’t buy gold, they invest in productive businesses.”

― Charlie Munger

“I’m proud to be associated with the value system at Berkshire Hathaway; I think you’ll make more money in the end with good ethics than bad.”

― Charlie Munger

“Wall Street has too much wealth and political power.”

― Charlie Munger

“There’s more honor in investment management than in investment banking.”

― Charlie Munger

“I’m used to people with very high IQs knowing how to recognize reality, but there’s a huge human tendency where it may be instructive to think that whatever you’re doing to succeed is all right.”

― Charlie Munger

“The perfect example of Darwinism is what technology has done to businesses.”

― Charlie Munger

“Everyone has the idea of owning good companies. The problem is that they have high prices in relations to assets and earnings, and that takes all of the fun out of the game.”

― Charlie Munger

“If all you needed to do is to figure out what company is better than others, everyone would make a lot of money. But that is not the case. They keep raising the prices to the point when the odds change.”

― Charlie Munger

“People are trying to be smart – all I am trying to do is not to be idiotic, but it’s harder than most people think.”

― Charlie Munger

“I love when I think we’re taking territory – if it makes sense in the long term, we just don’t give a damn what it looks like in the short term. After all, we’re running a cult, not a normal company.”

― Charlie Munger

“Wells Fargo had a glitch – the truth of the matter is they made a business judgement that was wrong. I don’t think anything is fundamentally wrong.”

― Charlie Munger

“They made a mistake. And it was an easy mistake to make. I don’t regard setting incentives aggressively as a mistake. I think the mistake was, when the bad news came, they didn’t recognize it directly. I don’t think that impairs the future of Wells Fargo. They’ll be better for it.”

― Charlie Munger

“If you’re glued together right and honorable, you will succeed. Get in there and get rid of stupidities and avoid bad people. Try teaching that to your grandchildren. The best way is by example. Fix yourself.”

― Charlie Munger

“The first rule is that you can’t really know anything if you just remember isolated facts and try and bang ’em back. If the facts don’t hang together on a latticework of theory, you don’t have them in a usable form.”

― Charlie Munger

“I will say this: I know no wise person who doesn’t read a lot. I suspect that you can read on the computer now and get a lot of benefit out of it, but I doubt that it’ll work as well as reading print worked for me.”

― Charlie Munger

“If you’re unhappy with what you’ve had over the last 50 years, you have an unfortunate misappraisal of life. It’s as good as it gets, and it’s very likely to get worse.”

― Charlie Munger

“If any successes has come to me, it came because I insisted on thinking things through. That’s all I was capable of doing in life, was thinking pretty hard about trying to get the right answer, and then acting on it. I never learned to do anything else.”

― Charlie Munger

“It’s remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”

― Charlie Munger

“You need a different checklist and different mental models for different companies.”

― Charlie Munger

“It is one thing to think gold has some marvelous store of value because man has no way of inventing more gold or getting it very easily, so it has the advantage of rarity. Believe me, man is capable of somehow creating more bitcoin… They tell you there are rules and they can’t do it. Don’t believe them.”

― Charlie Munger

“I regard the bitcoin craze as totally asinine to create some manufactured currency.”

― Charlie Munger

“Alternatives to gold and currency and to make a big speculative vehicle – I never considered for one second having anything to do with it. I detested it the minute it had been raised.”

― Charlie Munger

“Who would want one’s children growing up buying things like bitcoin? I hope to God my family doesn’t buy it. It’s noxious poison.”

― Charlie Munger

“If you can get really good at destroying your own wrong ideas, that is a great gift.”

― Charlie Munger

“I think time and time again, in reality, psychological notions and economic notions interplay, and the man who doesn’t understand both is a damned fool.”

― Charlie Munger
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