John Templeton, fully Sir John Marks Templeton

Templeton, fully Sir John Marks Templeton

American-born British Stock Investor, Businessman, Mutual Fund Pioneer and Philanthropist, Rhodes Scholar

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Faith does not imply a closed, but an open mind. Quite the opposite of blindness, faith appreciates the vast spiritual realities that materialist overlook by getting trapped in the purely physical.

If governments encourage people to become more spiritual there will be a reduction in healthcare costs.

Nations that have lost free enterprise have, without exception, eventually lost also freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Property rights are essential for human rights. Under socialisn, each man is a cog in a machine; but under peoples' capitalism, he is a free agent. A man's soul can develop best if it is free; and share ownership helps to make a man free.

The objective of our religious foundations is to teach people that they are hurting themselves when they say they believe something. What we should realize is we know almost nothing about God and therefore we should be eager to search and to learn.

Work at being a humble person.

Focus on value because most investors focus on outlooks and trends.

If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.

Only one thing is more important than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.

The only certainty about the future is the fact that it will be different from the past.

For those properly prepared in advance, a bear market in stocks is not a calamity but an opportunity.

If you are diversified among different forms of wealth, nations, and industries, you’ll be safe in the long-run.

People are always asking me where is the outlook good, but that’s the wrong question…. The right question is: Where is the outlook the most miserable?

The only investors who shouldn’t diversify are those who are right 100 percent of the time.

Half of all scientific discoveries ever made were made in the 20th century. Creation is accelerating, and even the acceleration appears to be accelerating.

If you are not egotistical, you will welcome the opportunity to learn more.

Search for bargains. You should try to buy that particular investment whose market price is lowest in relation to your estimate of its true value.

The other boys at Yale came from wealthy families, and none of them were investing outside the United States, and I thought, 'That is very egotistical. Why be so shortsighted or near-sighted as to focus only on America? Shouldn't you be more open-minded?

Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth... Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.

If you begin with prayer, you will think more clearly and make fewer mistakes.

See the investment world as an ocean and buy where you get the most value for your money. Right now the value is in non-callable bonds. Most bonds are callable so when they start going up in price, the debtor calls them away from you. But the non-callable bonds, especially those non-callable for 25-30 years, can go way up in price if interest rates go way down.

The question is not is there a God, but is there anything else except God God is everyone and each of us is a little bit.

A doctor today would never prescribe the treatments my grandfather used in the Confederate Army, but a minister says pretty much the same thing today that a minister would have said back then.

Happiness pursued eludes, happiness given returns.

If you buy all the stocks selling at or below two times earnings, you will lose money on half of them because instead of making profits they will actually lose money, but you will only lose a dollar or so a share at most. Then others will be mediocre performers. But the remaining big winners will go up and produce fabulous results and also ensure a good overall result.

Sell when you find a much better bargain to replace what you are selling.

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American-born British Stock Investor, Businessman, Mutual Fund Pioneer and Philanthropist, Rhodes Scholar