Too many talking heads and so-called market experts continue to make predictions on the market, the economy and the general direction of this country (and the world for that matter). I can’t stand predictions (except for Plaxico Burress’ prediction prior to the Super Bowl last week – Go Giants).
I have compiled a list of excellent quotes to combat the constant bombardment of predictions on television, in magazines, on blogs, the internet and on the nightly news; I love quotes and agree with the ones below 110%!
Try and predict the market while trading and you will go broke, that I can predict with certainty. The men and women below couldn’t have been more correct when speaking of the ignorant dopes that try to predict everything in life! When will the predictors learn to shut up? I know: when idiots stop listening to them and paying for their garbage (see best seller doomsday list).
Enjoy, it’s a fun post today!
- “Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” – Lao Tzu
- “He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.” – Lao Tzu
- “Never make predictions, especially about the future.” – Casey Stengel
- “Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.” – Peter Drucker
- “If one could foresee the next three days, one could become rich for several thousand years.” – Anonymous
- “If you learn one thing from having lived through decades of changing views, it is that all predictions are necessarily false.” – M. H. Abrams
- “I figure lots of predictions is best. People will forget the ones I get wrong and marvel over the rest.” – Alan Cox (the MEDIA!)
- “History can predict nothing except that great changes in human relationships will never come about in the form in which they have been anticipated.” – Johan Huizinga
- “You can only predict things after they have happened.” – Eugene Ionesco
- “In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.” – Edward de Bono
- “You never know what the next day is going to bring. That goes for football, goes for off the field, and I gave up a long time ago trying to predict the future and trying to deal with things I couldn’t deal with.” – Brett Favre
- “Predictions of the future are never anything but projections of present automatic processes and procedures, that is, of occurrences that are likely to come to pass if men do not act and if nothing unexpected happens; every action, for better or worse, and every accident necessarily destroys the whole pattern in whose frame the prediction moves and where it finds its evidence.” – Hannah Arendt
- “To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
- “The unpredictability inherent in human affairs is due largely to the fact that the by-products of a human process are more fateful than the product.” – Eric Hoffer
- “My predictions are notably inaccurate.” – Robert Caro
- “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay