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Benjamin Graham

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Unusually rapid growth cannot keep up forever; when a company has already registered a brilliant expansion, its very increase in size makes a repetition of its achievement more difficult.
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Chapter 7, Portfolio Policy: The Positive Side, p. 75

 
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