Warren Buffett’s annual zingers: Here are the 2015 letter’s best one-liners

Feb 28, 2015

On Saturday morning, Berkshire Hathaway released CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett's annual letter to shareholders. In it he admitted some blunders, and also said his successor has been picked. Buffett followers read the letters closely for the investing wisdom he dispenses in his annual missives. But over the years, along with his market knowledge, Buffett has also come to be known for his folksy one-liners. For example, in 2001, on being lucky versus being good at investing, he wrote in his annual letter, "After all, you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out." In last year's letter he wrote, "A bull market is like sex. It feels best just before it ends."

This year's letter doesn't disappoint. Here are the best Buffett one-liners in this year's essay.

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We could not find a picture of Warren Buffett riding a horse.Photograph by Chris Machian — Bloomberg via Getty Images

Why managers have to be objective when investing

"If horses had controlled investment decisions, there would have been no auto industry."

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Warren Buffett and friends Photograph by Daniel Acker — Bloomberg via Getty Images

On how experience in business can make you a better investor, and vice versa

"'There are certain things that cannot be adequately explained to a virgin either by words or pictures.'" (Buffett quoting a Peter Arno cartoon.)

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Warren BuffettPhoto: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty

Why Wall Street always wants more deals

"Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut."

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Warren Buffett and his Cherry Coke. Photograph by Daniel Acker — Bloomberg via Getty Images

On whether he's run out of places to invest

"Berkshire now owns 9 1/2 companies that would be listed on the Fortune 500 were they independent (Heinz is the 1/2). That leaves 490 1/2 fish in the sea. Our lines are out."

Billionaire financier and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett poses on a motorcycle during Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders meeting in Omaha
Warren Buffett Photograph by Carlos Barria — Reuters

How CEOs can avoid killing a good business

"He must never forget Charlie's plea: 'Tell me where I'm going to die, so I'll never go there.'"

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