Robert Greene Quotes


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Robert Greene is an author who is famously known for his best-selling books on mastery, power, seduction, war and human nature. He has written six international best-selling books which are The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, Mastery, The Laws of Human Nature, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law and most recently The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy and Human Nature.

Here are some of the best Robert Greene quotes:

Best Robert Greene Quotes

Best Robert Greene Quotes

1. “He who poses as a fool is not a fool.”

2. “Become who you are by learning who you are.”

3. “The problem is that we humans are deep conformists.”

4. “Stupidity and human incompetence are the great evils, not ambition and glory.”

5. “Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.”

6. “It is a curse to have everything go right on your first attempt.”

7. “Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.”

8. “Always remember that your calmness under fire is your best defense in any argument or discussion.”

9. “Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once it slips, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation unassailable.”

10. “Be extra careful in the work environment with those who like to maintain their position through charm and being political, rather than getting things done. They are very prone to envying and hating those who work hard and get results. They will slander and sabotage you without any warning.”

Robert Greene Mastery Quotes

Robert Greene Mastery Quotes

11. “Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention.”

12. “The passive ironic attitude is not cool or romantic, but pathetic and destructive.”

13. “The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”

14. “No one is really going to help you or give you direction. In fact, the odds are against you.”

15. “The truth is that creative activity is one that involves the entire self – our emotions, our levels of energy, our characters, and our minds.”

16. “Our natural tendency is to project onto other people our own belief and value systems, in ways in which we are not even aware.”

17. “It is in fact the height of selfishness to merely consume what others create and to retreat into a shell of limited goals and immediate pleasures.”

18. “If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become—an individual, a Master.”

19. “You must avoid at all cost the idea that you can manage learning several skills at a time. You need to develop your powers of concentration, and understand that trying to multitask will be the death of the process.”

20. “Think of it this way: There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.”

21. “Chance favors only the prepared mind.”

22. “Creative Endeavors are by their nature uncertain.”

23. “The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.”

24. “In the end, the money and success that truly last come not to those who focus on such things as goals, but rather to those who focus on mastery and fulfilling their Life’s Task.”

25. “You must understand the following: In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious.”

26. “Most people are perpetually locked in the present. Their decisions are overly influenced by the most immediate event; they easily become emotional and ascribe greater significance to a problem than it should have in reality.”

27. “If we experience any failures or setbacks, we do not forget them because they offend our self-esteem. Instead we reflect on them deeply, trying to figure out what went wrong and discern whether there are any patterns to our mistakes.”

28. “The key then to attaining this higher level of intelligence is to make our years of study qualitatively rich. We don’t simply absorb information – we internalize it and make it our own by finding some way to put this knowledge to practical use.”

29. “People around you, constantly under the pull of their emotions, change their ideas by the day or by the hour, depending on their mood. You must never assume that what people say or do in a particular moment is a statement of their permanent desires.”

30. “Some 2,600 years ago the ancient Greek poet Pindar wrote, “Become who you are by learning who you are.” What he meant is the following: You are born with a particular makeup and tendencies that mark you as a piece of fate. It is who you are to the core. Some people never become who they are; they stop trusting in themselves; they conform to the tastes of others, and they end up wearing a mask that hides their true nature. If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become—an individual, a Master.”

Robert Greene The Art Of Seduction Quotes

Robert Greene The Art Of Seduction Quotes

31. “What people lack in life is not more reality but illusion, fantasy, play.”

32. “People who are outwardly distant or shy are often better targets than extroverts. They are dying to be drawn out, and still waters run deep.”

33. “The fetish is an object that commands an emotional response and that makes us breathe life into it. Because it is an object we can imagine whatever we want to about it.”

34. “What will seduce a person is the effort we expend on their behalf, showing how much we care, how much they are worth. Leaving things to chance is a recipe for disaster, and reveals that we do not take love and romance very seriously.”

35. “Seduction is a form of deception, but people want to be led astray, they yearn to be seduced. If they didn’t, seducers would not find so many willing victims. Get rid of any moralizing tendencies, adopt the seducer’s playful philosophy, and you will find the rest of the process easy and natural.

36. “People with a lot of time on their hands are extremely susceptible to seduction. They have mental space for you to fill.”

37. “Experienced hunters do not choose their prey by how easily it is caught; they want the thrill of the chase, a life-and-death struggle—the fiercer the better.”

38. “Many men are intimidated by beauty and prefer to worship it from afar; others are drawn in, but not for the purpose of conversation. The Beauty suffers from isolation.”

39. “Remember: seduction is a game of attention, of slowly filling the other person’s mind with your presence. Distance and inattention will create the opposite effect, and can be used as a tactic when the need arises.”

40. “Charmers. First, they don’t talk much about themselves, which heightens their mystery and disguises their limitations. Second, they seem to be interested in us, and their interest is so delightfully focused that we relax and open up to them. Finally Charmers are pleasant to be around. They have none of most people’s ugly qualities—nagging, complaining, self-assertion. They seem to know what pleases.”

Robert Greene 48 Laws Of Power Quotes

Robert Greene 48 Laws Of Power Quotes

41. “Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.”

42. “Friendship and love blind every man to their interests.”

43. “There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous.”

44. “Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think.”

45. “Person who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself, and is unworthy of respect.”

46. “Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay.”

47. “Do not leave your reputation to chance or gossip; it is your life’s artwork, and you must craft it, hone it, and display it with the care of an artist.”

48. “An emotional response to a situation is the single greatest barrier to power, a mistake that will cost you a lot more than any temporary satisfaction you might gain by expressing your feelings.”

49. “When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others.”

50. “For the future, the motto is, “No days unalert.”

51. “Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated.”

52. “Sometimes any emotion is better than the boredom of security.”

53. “The key to power, then, is the ability to judge who is best able to further your interests in all situations. Keep friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.”

54. “Remember: The best deceivers do everything they can to cloak their roguish qualities. They cultivate an air of honesty in one area to disguise their dishonesty in others. Honesty is merely another decoy in their arsenal of weapons.”

55. “To succeed in the game of power, you have to master your emotions. But even if you succeed in gaining such self-control, you can never control the temperamental dispositions of those around you. And this presents a great danger.”

56. “If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.”

57. “Be wary of friends—they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.”

58. “Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable. Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.”

59. “When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.”

60. “As Nietzsche wrote, “The value of a thing sometimes lies not in what one attains with it, but in what one pays for it—what it costs us.” Perhaps you will attain your goal, and a worthy goal at that, but at what price? Apply this standard to everything, including whether to collaborate with other people or come to their aid. In the end, life is short, opportunities are few, and you have only so much energy to draw on. And in this sense time is as important a consideration as any other. Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay. Power”

Robert Greene Laws Of Human Nature Quotes

Robert Greene Laws Of Human Nature Quotes

61. “What I fear is not the enemy’s strategy but our own mistakes.”

62. “Not to become someone else, but to be more thoroughly yourself.”

63. “As Abraham Lincoln said, “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”

64. “Do not swallow the easy moralism of the day, which urges honesty at the expense of desirability.”

65. “If they come from another culture, it is all the more important to understand this culture from within their experience.”

66. “Nobody likes to believe that they are operating under some kind of compulsion beyond their control. It is too disturbing a thought.”

67. “what if we could look within and see the source of our more troubling emotions and why they drive our behavior, often against our own wishes?”

68. “Our continual connection to social media makes us prone to new forms of viral emotional effects. These are not media designed for calm reflection.”

69. “Your eyes must be on the larger trends that govern events, on that which is not immediately visible. Never lose sight of your long-term goals. With an elevated perspective, you will have the patience and clarity to reach almost any objective.”

70. “We see people not as they are, but as they appear to us. And these appearances are usually misleading.”

71. “When people overtly display some trait, such as confidence or hypermasculinity, they are most often concealing the contrary reality.”

72. “We are all self-absorbed, locked in our own worlds. It is a therapeutic and liberating experience to be drawn outside ourselves and into the world of another.”

73. “We tend to think of our behavior as largely conscious and willed. To imagine that we are not always in control of what we do is a frightening thought, but in fact it is the reality.”

74. “A state of balance—a clear understanding of why we feel the way we do, conscious of our impulses so that we can think without being secretly compelled by our emotions.”

75. “You want to retain the elasticity of spirit you had as a child, interested in everything, while retaining the hard-nosed need to verify and scrutinize for yourself all ideas and beliefs.”

76. “We want to learn the lesson and not repeat the experience. But in truth, we do not like to look too closely at what we did; our introspection is limited. Our natural response is to blame others, circumstances, or a momentary lapse of judgment.”

77. “Do not be afraid to exaggerate the role of willpower. It is an exaggeration with a purpose. It leads to a positive self-fulfilling dynamic, and that is all you care about. See this shaping of your attitude as your most important creation in life, and never leave it to chance.”

78. We think we are judging the younger generation in an objective manner, but we are merely succumbing to an illusion of perspective. It is also true that we are probably experiencing some hidden envy of their youth and mourning the loss of our own.”

79. “Learn to question yourself: Why this anger or resentment? Where does this incessant need for attention come from? Under such scrutiny, your emotions will lose their hold on you. You will begin to think for yourself instead of reacting to what others give you.”

80. “We tend to think of our behavior as largely conscious and willed. To imagine that we are not always in control of what we do is a frightening thought, but in fact it is the reality. We are subject to forces from deep within us that drive our behavior and that operate below the level of our awareness.”

Robert Greene 33 Strategies Of War Quotes

Robert Greene 33 Strategies Of War Quotes

81. “Life has more meaning in the face of Death.”

82. “Your days are numbered. Will you pass them half awake and halfhearted or will you live with a sense of urgency?”

83. “Our successes and failures in life can be traced to how well or how badly we deal with the inevitable conflicts that confront us in society.”

84. “Being attacked is a sign that you are important enough to be a target. You should relish the attention and the chance to prove yourself.”

85. “Do not fight them. Instead think of them the way you think of children, or pets, not important enough to affect your mental balance.”

86. “Grand strategy is the art of looking beyond the present battle and calculating ahead. Focus on your ultimate goal and plot to reach it.”

87. “The truth is that everything starts from the top. What determines your failure or success is your style of leadership and the chain of command that you design.”

88. “Every day you face battles—that is the reality for all creatures in their struggle to survive. But the greatest battle of all is with yourself—your weaknesses, your emotions, your lack of resolution in seeing things through to the end.”

89. “As Xenophon said, your obstacles are not rivers or mountains or other people; your obstacle is yourself. If you feel lost and confused, if you lose your sense of direction, if you cannot tell the difference between friend and foe, you have only yourself to blame.”

90. “Events in life mean nothing if you do not reflect on them in a deep way, and ideas from books are pointless if they have no application to life as you live it.”

91. “A sense of urgency comes from a powerful connection to the present.”

92. “It is your own bad strategies, not the unfair opponent, that are to blame for your failures. You are responsible for the good and bad in your life.”

93. “When you have success, be extra wary. When you are angry, take no action. When you are fearful, know you are going to exaggerate the dangers you face.”

94. “Your wealth vanishes, the latest gadgetry suddenly becomes passé, your allies desert you. But if your mind is armed with the art of war, there is no power that can take that away.”

95. “But the greatest battle of all is with yourself—your weaknesses, your emotions, your lack of resolution in seeing things through to the end. You must declare unceasing war on yourself.”

96. “Your mind is the starting point of all war and all strategy. A mind that is easily overwhelmed by emotion, that is rooted in the past instead of the present, that cannot see the world with clarity and urgency, will create strategies that will always miss the mark.”

97. “When we are tired, it is often because we are bored. When no real challenge faces us, a mental and physical lethargy sets in. “Sometimes death only comes from a lack of energy,” Napoleon once said, and lack of energy comes from a lack of challenges, comes when we have taken on less than we are capable of.”

98. “The key to staying unintimidated is to convince yourself that the person you’re facing is a mere mortal, no different from you– which is in fact the truth. See the person, not the myth. Imagine him or her as a child, as someone riddled with insecurities. Cutting the other person down to size will help your keep your mental balance.”

99. “Everything in life can be taken away from you and generally will be at some point. Your wealth vanishes, the latest gadgetry suddenly becomes passé, your allies desert you. But if your mind is armed with the art of war, there is no power that can take that away. In the middle of a crisis, your mind will find its way to the right solution. Having superior strategies at your fingertips will give your maneuvers irresistible force. As Sun Tzu says, “Being unconquerable lies with yourself.”

100. “The great philosopher of war Carl von Clausewitz called this “friction”: the difference between our plans and what actually happens. Since friction is inevitable, our minds have to be capable of keeping up with change and adapting to the unexpected. The better we can adapt our thoughts to changing circumstances, the more realistic our responses to them will be. The more we lose ourselves in predigested theories and past experiences, the more inappropriate and delusional our response.”

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