30 Splendid Michael Lewis Quotes

Michael Lewis is a best selling author of several books and known for his critical work on the financial industry. With a renowned career in journalism, there are lots of invaluable words shared by Lewis. Here is a look at some of the best Michael Lewis quotes from his life.

“A thought crossed his mind: How do you make poor people feel wealthy when wages are stagnant? You give them cheap loans.”

“Baseball has so much history and tradition. You can respect it, or you can exploit it for profit, but it’s still being made all over the place, all the time.”

“Don’t worry where I am. I’ll tell you when I get there.”

“Every systemic market injustice arose from some loophole in a regulation created to correct some prior injustice.”

“Everything, in retrospect, is obvious. But if everything were obvious, authors of histories of financial folly would be rich…”

“Germans longed to be near shit, but not in it. This, as it turns out, is an excellent description of their role in the current financial crisis.”

“He was blessed with an unconventional mind, which overcame his conventional middle-class upbringing.”

“He was ignorant, but a lot of people mistook ignorance for stupidity, and knowingness for intelligence.”

“I lived here my whole life and I’ve never been to this neighborhood.’ And Big Mike finally spoke up. ‘Don’t worry,’ he said. ‘I got your back.”

“I thought instead of a good rule for survival on Wall Street: Never agree to anything proposed on someone else’s boat or you’ll regret in in the morning.”

“I was gonna put him on the bus…I got tired of him talking, it was time for him to go home.”

“If you’ve got a dozen pitchers, you need to speak 12 different languages.”

“In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.”

“It is the nature of being the general manager of a baseball team that you have to remain on familiar terms with people you are continually trying to screw.”

“Managers tend to pick a strategy that is the least likely to fail, rather then to pick a strategy that is most efficient,” Said Palmer. ” The pain of looking bad is worse than the gain of making the best move.”

“Memory loss is the key to human reproduction. If you remembered what new parenthood was actually like you wouldn’t go around lying to people about how wonderful it is, and you certainly wouldn’t ever do it twice.”

“People in both fields operate with beliefs and biases. To the extent you can eliminate both and replace them with data, you gain a clear advantage.”

“That’s what happens when you’re thirty-seven years old: you do the things you always did but the result is somehow different.”

“The author refers to a player’s affected nonchalance and comments he is, “too young to realize you are what you pretend to be.”

“The CDO was, in effect, a credit laundering service for the residents of Lower Middle Class America. For Wall Street it was a machine that turned lead into gold.”

“The lesson of Buffett was: To succeed in a spectacular fashion you had to be spectacularly unusual.”

“The men on the trading floor may not have been to school, but they have Ph.D.’s in man’s ignorance.”

“The pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win. The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don’t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.”

“The sheer quantity of brain power that hurled itself voluntarily and quixotically into the search for new baseball knowledge was either exhilarating or depressing, depending on how you felt about baseball. The same intellectual resources might have cured the common cold, or put a man on Pluto.”

“The world clings to its old mental picture of the stock market because it’s comforting; because it’s so hard to draw a picture of what has replaced it; and because the few people able to draw it for you have no interest in doing so.”

“Those who know don’t tell and those who tell don’t know.”

“Warren Buffett is fond of saying that any player unaware of the fool in the market probably is the fool in the market.”

“What are the odds that people will make smart decisions about money if they don’t need to make smart decisions–if they can get rich making dumb decisions? The incentives on Wall Street were all wrong; they’re still all wrong.”

“What happens when we acknowledge the sovereignty and power of God without trusting in His goodness and faithfulness? A pitcher who saw God’s power behind his extremely unlikely rise to the big leagues wondered if, at any difficulty he encountered there, God might be taking his ability away.”

“Years later he would say that when he’d decided to become a professional baseball player, it was the only time he’d done something just for the money, and that he’d never do something just for the money ever again. He would never again let the market dictate the direction of his life.”

Michael Lewis takes a moment to sit down with Conan O’Brien and have an in-depth discussions regarding his critically acclaimed work. As an author and financial journalist, Lewis is known for more than a handful of best selling books.

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