"A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought. "
"Americans are in a cycle of fear which leads to people not wanting to spend and not wanting to make investments, and that leads to more fear. We'll break out of it. It takes time. "
"Beware of geeks bearing formulas. "
"Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. "
"Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction. "
"Economic medicine that was previously meted out by the cupful has recently been dispensed by the barrel. These once unthinkable dosages will almost certainly bring on unwelcome after-effects. Their precise nature is anyone's guess, though one likely consequence is an onslaught of inflation."
"I always knew I was going to be rich. I don't think I ever doubted it for a minute. "
"I am a huge bull on this country. We will not have a double-dip recession at all. I see our businesses coming back almost across the board. "
"I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here. "
"I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me. "
"I don't look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over. "
"I just think that - when a country needs more income and we do, we're only taking in 15 percent of GDP, I mean, that - that - when a country needs more income, they should get it from the people that have it. "
"I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years. "
"I think the most important factor in getting out of the recession actually is just the regenerative capacity of - of American capitalism. "
"If a business does well, the stock eventually follows. "
"If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further. But I think that people at the high end - people like myself - should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we've ever had it. "
"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians. "
"In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497. "
"In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. "
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. "