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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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.

The single-minded focus has been on attracting tech visitors. By and large the city does not appreciate the value that its diverse neighborhoods can bring to its tourism promotion.

A flower is a miracle, but it does not have the sight or speech to describe us. And our own ability is no greater than that flower when we try to describe God. His infinity covers not only one planet, but the entire solar system and 100 billion suns. That doesn't mean he is limited in his ability to be part of you.

High ethics and religious principles form the basis for success and happiness in every area of life

If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd.

Success is a process of continually seeking answers to new questions.

The time to buy a stock is when the short-term owners have finished selling and the time to sell a stock is often when short-term owners have finished their buying.

An attitude of gratitude creates blessings... Help yourself by helping others. You have the most powerful weapons on earth... love and prayer.

How about no income tax at all on people over 65? People would continue working, remain healthier, not be an economic and social drain on society. Then the elderly would also have more disposable income to help charitable activities.

I'm really convinced that our descendants a century or two from now will look back at us with the same pity that we have toward the people in the field of science two centuries ago.

Successful investing is only common sense. Each system for investing will eventually become obsolete.

Things are never as good as they seem or as bad as they seem.

An investor who has all the answers doesn’t even understand the questions.

Humility about how little I know has encouraged me to listen more carefully and more wisely.

In my 45-year career as an investment counselor, humility did show me the need for worldwide diversification to reduce risk. That career did help me to become more and more humble because statistics showed that when I advised a client to buy one stock to replace another, about one-third of the time the client would have done better to ignore my advice. In other endeavors, humility about how little I know has encouraged me to listen more carefully and more wisely.

Suppose you went to your priest and asked for help - he would refer you to the Bible, but if you went the next day to your medical doctor, and he referred you to the book of Hippocrates, which was written at about the same time as the Bible, you would think that was old-fashioned.

This trend toward greater capitalism and freedom unleashes tremendous potential for efficiency gains and even greater wealth potential. So does the shift away from regulation and isolation toward free trade.

Anybody who had come up with a new concept would have been under suspicion for being out of step with the tradition or out of step with the teachings of the church.

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