Robert Greene Quotes

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Robert Greene is an author whose work has inspired millions of people around the world. He is an international best-selling author of books like The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, Mastery, The Laws of Human Nature, The 33 Strategies of War and The 50th Law.

The writings of Robert Greene are definitely a source of inspiration and many people have attributed them as a key contributing factor to living a fulfilled life.

Here are some of the best Robert Greene quotes about life, love, success, creativity, war, power, mastery, seduction and more:

Robert Greene Quotes About Life

best Robert Greene quotes

1. Life has more meaning in the face of Death. -Robert Greene

2. Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated. -Robert Greene

3. Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? -Robert Greene

4. Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies. -Robert Greene

5. Real action and true helpfulness are perhaps the ultimate charm. -Robert Greene

6. Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think. -Robert Greene

7. Person who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself, and is unworthy of respect. -Robert Greene

8. Hide your intentions not by closing up (with the risk of appearing secretive, and making people suspicious) but by talking endlessly about your desires and goals-just not the real ones. -Robert Greene

9. DESPISE THE FREE LUNCH JUDGMENT What is offered for free is dangerous-it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation. What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price—there is no cutting corners with excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power. -Robert Greene

10. Understand: people will constantly attack you in life. One of their main weapons will be to instill in you doubts about yourself – your worth, your abilities, your potential. They will often disguise this as their objective opinion, but invariably it has a political purpose – they want to keep you down.

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11. He who poses as a fool is not a fool. -Robert Greene

12. The human tongue is a beast that few can master. -Robert Greene

13. Friendship and love blind every man to their interests. -Robert Greene

14. Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others’ experience. -Robert Greene

15. No one is really going to help you or give you direction. In fact, the odds are against you. -Robert Greene

16. Never take your position for granted and never let any favors you receive go to your head. -Robert Greene

17. Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay. -Robert Greene

18. Your days are numbered. Will you pass them half awake and halfhearted or will you live with a sense of urgency? -Robert Greene

19. Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. -Robert Greene

20. 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. -Robert Greene

21. 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. -Robert Greene

22. 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. -Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes On Success

Robert Greene quotes on success

23. There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous. -Robert Greene

24. Making money or being successful should be a natural result of this ideal and not the goal itself. -Robert Greene

25. If, for example, you are miserly by nature, you will never go beyond a certain limit; only generous souls attain greatness. -Robert Greene

26. 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. -Robert Greene

27. 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.

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28. The knife’s edge that separates failure from success in life. That edge is your attitude, which has the power to help shape your reality. -Robert Greene

29. 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. -Robert Greene

30. Actually, your past successes are your biggest obstacle: every battle, every war, is different, and you cannot assume that what worked before will work today. -Robert Greene

31. 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. -Robert Greene

32. 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. War demands the utmost in realism, seeing things as they are. The more you can limit or compensate for your emotional responses, the closer you will come to this ideal. -Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes On Love

Robert Greene quotes on love

33. Friendship and love blind every man to their interests. -Robert Greene

34. You cannot repress anger or love, or avoid feeling them, and you should not try. -Robert Greene

35. 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. -Robert Greene

36. Love is a lock that linketh noble minds. Faith is the key that shuts the spring of love.

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37. Love never dies of digestion, “she wrote, “but often of indigestion. -Robert Greene

38. Lofty words of love and grand gestures can be suspicious: Why are you trying so hard to please? The details of a seduction? the subtle gestures, the offhand things you do? are often more charming and revealing. -Robert Greene

39. 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. -Robert Greene

40. Bring your targets back to that point by placing yourself in the oedipal triangle and positioning them as the needy child. Unaware of the cause of their emotional response, they will fall in love with you. -Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes On Creativity

Robert Greene quotes on creativity

41. The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways. -Robert Greene

42. You may grow frustrated and depressed, never realizing that the source of it is your alienation from your own creative potential. -Robert Greene

43. You don’t want to abandon the skills and experience you have gained, but to find a new way to apply them. Your eye is on the future, not the past. Often such creative readjustments lead to a superior path for us—we are shaken out of our complacency and forced to reassess where we are headed.

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44. Anything that is alive is in a continual state of change and movement. The moment that you rest, thinking that you have attained the level you desire, a part of your mind enters a phase of decay. You lose your hard-earned creativity and others begin to sense it. -Robert Greene

45. What limits individuals as well as nations is the inability to confront reality, to see things for what they are. As we grow older, we become more rooted in the past. Habit takes over. Something that has worked for us before becomes a doctrine, a shell to protect us from reality. Repetition replaces creativity. -Robert Greene

Robert Greene: 48 Laws of Power Quotes

Robert Greene 48 Laws Of Power quotes

46. For the future, the motto is, “No days unalert. -Robert Greene

47. Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think. -Robert Greene

48. Power is a game, and in games you do not judge your opponents by their intentions but by the effects of their actions. -Robert Greene

49. 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. -Robert Greene

50. 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. -Robert Greene

51. 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. -Robert Greene

52. Few are born bold. Even Napoleon had to cultivate the habit on the battlefield, where he knew it was a matter of life and death. In social settings he was awkward and timid, but he overcame this and practice boldness in every part of his life because he saw its tremendous power, how it could literally enlarge a man(even one who, like Napoleon, was in fact conspicuously small). -Robert Greene

53. LAW 46:Never Appear Too Perfect- 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. -Robert Greene

54. LAW 25: Re-Create Yourself- Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life. -Robert Greene

55. Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.

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56. Never be distracted by people’s glamorous portraits of themselves and their lives; search and dig for what really imprisons them. -Robert Greene

57. 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. -Robert Greene

58. Without enemies around us, we grow lazy. An enemy at our heels sharpens our wits, keeping us focused and alert. It is sometimes better, then, to use enemies as enemies rather than transforming them into friends or allies. -Robert Greene

59. 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. -Robert Greene

60. You choose to let things bother you. You can just as easily choose not to notice the irritating offender, to consider the matter trivial and unworthy of your interest. That is the powerful move. What you do not react to cannot drag you down in a futile engagement. Your pride is not involved. The best lesson you can teach an irritating gnat is to consign it to oblivion by ignoring it. -Robert Greene

61. By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it. It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem. -Robert Greene

62. LAW 4: Always Say Less Than Necessary- 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. -Robert Greene

63. LAW 38: Think As You Like But Behave Like Others. If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness. -Robert Greene

64. 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. -Robert Greene

65. Never assume that the person you are dealing with is weaker or less important than you are. Some people are slow to take offense, which may make you misjudge the thickness of their skin, and fail to worry about insulting them. But should you offend their honor and their pride, they will overwhelm you with a violence that seems sudden and extreme given their slowness to anger. If you want to turn people down, it is best to do so politely and respectfully, even if you feel their request is impudent or their offer ridiculous. -Robert Greene

Robert Greene: Mastery Quotes

Robert Greene Mastery quotes

66. Become who you are by learning who you are. -Robert Greene

67. The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus. -Robert Greene

68. The passive ironic attitude is not cool or romantic, but pathetic and destructive. -Robert Greene

69. 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. -Robert Greene

70. 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. -Robert Greene

71. The conventional mind is passive – it consumes information and regurgitates it in familiar forms. The dimensional mind is active, transforming everything it digests into something new and original, creating instead of consuming. -Robert Greene

72. 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. -Robert Greene

73. 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. -Robert Greene

74. A natural response when people feel overwhelmed is to retreat into various forms of passivity. If we don’t try too much in life, if we limit our circle of action, we can give ourselves the illusion of control. The less we attempt, the less chances of failure. If we can make it look like we are not really responsible for our fate, for what happens to us in life, then our apparent powerlessness is more palatable. -Robert Greene

75. 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.

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76. Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention. -Robert Greene

77. Our natural tendency is to project onto other people our own belief and value systems, in ways in which we are not even aware. -Robert Greene

78. The truth is that creative activity is one that involves the entire self – our emotions, our levels of energy, our characters, and our minds. -Robert Greene

79. 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

80. 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. -Robert Greene

81. 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. -Robert Greene

82. In the future, the great division will be between those who have trained themselves to handle these complexities and those who are overwhelmed by them — those who can acquire skills and discipline their minds and those who are irrevocably distracted by all the media around them and can never focus enough to learn. -Robert Greene

83. Most people don’t have the patience to absorb their minds in the fine points and minutiae that are intrinsically part of their work. They are in a hurry to create effects and make a splash; they think in large brush strokes. Their work inevitably reveals their lack of attention to detail – it doesn’t connect deeply with the public, and it feels flimsy. -Robert Greene

84. The most effective attitude to adopt is one of supreme acceptance. The world is full of people with different characters and temperaments. We all have a dark side, a tendency to manipulate, and aggressive desires. The most dangerous types are those who repress their desires or deny the existence of them, often acting them out in the most underhanded ways. Some people have dark qualities that are especially pronounced. You cannot change such people at their core, but must merely avoid becoming their victim. You are an observer of the human comedy, and by being as tolerant as possible, you gain a much greater ability to understand people and to influence their behavior when necessary. -Robert Greene

Robert Greene: 33 Strategies of War Quotes

Robert Greene 33 Strategies of War quotes

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. -Robert Greene

86. 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. -Robert Greene

87. 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. -Robert Greene

88. 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. -Robert Greene

89. The secret enemy, though, will react with anger. Any strong emotion and you will know that there’s something boiling under the surface. Often the best way to get people to reveal themselves is to provoke tension and argument. -Robert Greene

90. 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. -Robert Greene

91. 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. -Robert Greene

92. 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. -Robert Greene

93. Strategic warriors operate much differently. They think ahead toward their long-term goals, decide which fights to avoid and which are inevitable, know how to control and channel their emotions. When forced to fight, they do so with indirection and subtle maneuver, making their manipulations hard to trace. In this way they can maintain the peaceful exterior so cherished in these political times. -Robert Greene

94. Understand: your mind is weaker than your emotions. But you become aware of this weakness only in moments of adversity–precisely the time when you need strength. What best equips you to cope with the heat of battle is neither more knowledge nor more intellect. What makes your mind stronger, and more able to control your emotions, is internal discipline and toughness. No one can teach you this skill; you cannot learn it by reading about it. Like any discipline, it can come only through practice, experience, even a little suffering. The first step in building up presence of mind is to see the need for ii — to want it badly enough to be willing to work for it.

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95. A sense of urgency comes from a powerful connection to the present. -Robert Greene

96. 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. -Robert Greene

97. 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. -Robert Greene

98. Lose Battles, But Win The War- Grand Strategy: Grand strategy is the art of looking beyond the present battle and calculating ahead. Focus on your ultimate goal and plot to reach it. -Robert Greene

99. 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. -Robert Greene

100. According to Machiavelli, human beings naturally tend to think in terms of patterns. They like to see events conforming to their expectations by fitting into a pattern or scheme, for schemes, whatever their actual content, comfort us by suggesting that the chaos of life is predictable. -Robert Greene

101. The only way to break out of a negative dynamic is to confront it. Repressing your anger, avoiding the person threatening you, always looking to conciliate—these common strategies spell ruin. Avoidance of conflict becomes a habit, and you lose the taste for battle. Feeling guilty is pointless; it is not your fault you have enemies. -Robert Greene

102. 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. -Robert Greene

103. Understand: the greatest generals, the most creative strategists, stand out not because they have more knowledge but because they are able, when necessary, to drop their preconceived notions and focus intensely on the present moment. That is how creativity is sparked and opportunities are seized. Knowledge, experience, and theory have limitations: no amount of thinking in advance can prepare you for the chaos of life, for the infinite possibilities of the moment. 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. -Robert Greene

104. KEYS TO WARFARE The world is full of people looking for a secret formula for success and power. They do not want to think on their own; they just want a recipe to follow. They are attracted to the idea of strategy for that very reason. In their minds strategy is a series of steps to be followed toward a goal. They want these steps spelled out for them by an expert or a guru. Believing in the power of imitation, they want to know exactly what some great person has done before. Their maneuvers in life are as mechanical as their thinking. To separate yourself from such a crowd, you need to get rid of a common misconception: the essence of strategy is not to carry out a brilliant plan that proceeds in steps; it is to put yourself in situations where you have more options than the enemy does. Instead of grasping at Option A as the single right answer, true strategy is positioning yourself to be able to do A, B, or C depending on the circumstances. That is strategic depth of thinking, as opposed to formulaic thinking. -Robert Greene

105. We feel, perhaps unconsciously, that learning from Masters and submitting to their authority is somehow an indictment of our own natural ability, Even if we have teachers in our lives, we tend not to pay full attention to their advice, often preferring to do things our own way. In fact, we come to believe that being critical of Masters or teachers is somehow a sign of our intelligence, and that being a submissive pupil is a sign of weakness. -Robert Greene

Robert Greene: Art of Seduction Quotes

Robert Greene Art Of Seduction quotes

106. People are more complicated than the masks they wear in society. -Robert Greene

107. The vast majority of people conform to whatever is normal for the time. -Robert Greene

108. When our emotions are engaged, we often have trouble seeing things as they are. -Robert Greene

109. I give my mind the liberty to follow the first wise or foolish idea that presents itself. -Robert Greene

110. There is too little mystery in the world; too many people say exactly what they feel or want. -Robert Greene

111. If no resistances or obstacles face you, you must create them. No seduction can proceed without them. -Robert Greene

112. Religion is the great balm of existence because it takes us outside ourselves, connects us to something larger. -Robert Greene

113. A man grows bored with a woman, no matter how beautiful; he yearns for different pleasures, and for adventure. -Robert Greene

114. Your greatest power in seduction is your ability to turn away, to make others come after you, delaying their satisfaction. -Robert Greene

115. Sadness of any sort is also seductive, particularly if it seems deep-rooted, even spiritual, rather than needy or pathetic—it makes people come to you.

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116. Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love. Nathaniel Hawthorne

117. According to Freud (who was speaking from experience, since he was his mother’s darling), spoiled children have a confidence that stays with them all their lives.. -Robert Greene

118. Seduction is a game of psychology, not beauty, and it is within the grasp of any person to become a master at the game. All that is required is that you look at the world. -Robert Greene

119. If everything in a dream were realistic, it would have no power over us; if everything were unreal, we would feel less involved in its pleasures and fears. Its fusion of the two is what makes it haunting. -Robert Greene

120. Try to persuade a person by appealing to their consciousness, by saying outright what you want, by showing all your cards, and what hope do you have? You are just one more irritation to be tuned out. -Robert Greene

121. Religion humanizes this universe, makes us feel important and loved. We are not animals governed by uncontrollable drives, animals that die for no apparent reason, but creatures made in the image of supreme being. -Robert Greene

122. Desire is both imitative (we like what others like) and competitive (we want to take away from others what they have). As children, we wanted to monopolize the attention of a parent, to draw it away from other siblings. This sense of rivalry… makes people compete for the attention. -Robert Greene

123. The Shadow. It cannot be grasped. Chase your shadow and it will, flee; turn your back on it and it will follow you. It is also a person’s dark side, the thing that makes them mysterious. After they have given us pleasure, the shadow of their withdrawal makes us yearn for their return, much as clouds make us yearn for the sun. -Robert Greene

124. The key to such power is ambiguity. In a society where the roles everyone plays are obvious, the refusal to conform to any standard will excite interest. Be both masculine and feminine, impudent and charming, subtle and outrageous. Let other people worry about being socially acceptable; those types are a dime a dozen, and you are after a power greater than they can imagine. -Robert Greene

125. Her seductive power, however, did not lie in her looks […]. In reality, Cleopatra was physically unexceptional and had no political power, yet both Caesar and Antony, brave and clever men, saw none of this. What they saw was a woman who constantly transformed herself before their eyes, a one-woman spectacle. Her dress and makeup changed from day to day, but always gave her a heightened, goddess like appearance. Her words could be banal enough, but were spoken so sweetly that listeners would find themselves remembering not what she said but how she said it. -Robert Greene

Robert Greene: Laws of Human Nature Quotes

Robert Greene Laws Of Human Nature quotes

126. Not to become someone else, but to be more thoroughly yourself. -Robert Greene

127. Man will only become better when you make him see what he is like. Anton Chekhov

128. As Abraham Lincoln said, “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. -Robert Greene

129. Do not swallow the easy moralism of the day, which urges honesty at the expense of desirability. -Robert Greene

130. We see people not as they are, but as they appear to us. And these appearances are usually misleading. -Robert Greene

131. When people overtly display some trait, such as confidence or hypermasculinity, they are most often concealing the contrary reality. -Robert Greene

132. 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. -Robert Greene

133. Our continual connection to social media makes us prone to new forms of viral emotional effects. These are not media designed for calm reflection. -Robert Greene

134. 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. -Robert Greene

135. What I fear is not the enemy’s strategy but our own mistakes.

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136. Nobody likes to believe that they are operating under some kind of compulsion beyond their control. It is too disturbing a thought. -Robert Greene

137. We have a continual desire to communicate our feelings and yet at the same time the need to conceal them for proper social functioning. -Robert Greene

138. 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. -Robert Greene

139. 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. -Robert Greene

140. Rationality is the ability to counteract these emotional effects, to think instead of react, to open your mind to what is really happening, as opposed to what you are feeling. It does not come naturally; it is a power we must cultivate, but in doing so we realize our greatest potential. -Robert Greene

141. If you are observing someone you naturally dislike, or who reminds you of someone unpleasant in your past, you will tend to see almost any cue as unfriendly or hostile. You will do the opposite for people you like. In these exercises you must strive to subtract your personal preferences and prejudices about people. -Robert Greene

142. If you come across any special trait of meanness or stupidity . . . you must be careful not to let it annoy or distress you, but to look upon it merely as an addition to your knowledge—a new fact to be considered in studying the character of humanity. Your attitude towards it will be that of the mineralogist who stumbles upon a very characteristic specimen of a mineral. Arthur Schopenhauer

143. Athena came to represent a very particular form of nous—eminently practical, feminine, and earthy. She is the voice that comes to heroes in times of need, instilling in them a calm spirit, orienting their minds toward the perfect idea for victory and success, then giving them the energy to achieve this. To be visited by Athena was the highest blessing of them all, and it was her spirit that guided great generals and the best artists, inventors, and tradesmen. -Robert Greene

144. Perhaps a more uncomfortable emotion is at the source—such as envy or paranoia. You need to look at this square in the eye. Dig below any trigger points to see where they started. For these purposes, it might be wise to use a journal in which you record your Self-assessments with ruthless objectivity. Your greatest danger here is your ego and how it makes you unconsciously maintain illusions about yourself. These may be comforting in the moment, but in the long run they make you defensive and unable to learn or progress. -Robert Greene

145. You can recognize deep narcissists by the following behavior patterns: If they are ever insulted or challenged, they have no defense, nothing internal to soothe them or validate their worth. They generally react with great rage, thirsting for vengeance, full of a sense of righteousness. This is the only way they know how to assuage their insecurities. In such battles, they will position themselves as the wounded victim, confusing others and even drawing sympathy. They are prickly and oversensitive. Almost everything is taken personally. They can become quite paranoid and have enemies in all directions to point to. -Robert Greene

Robert Green: The 50th Law Quotes

Robert Greene The 50th Law quotes

Here are some best quotes from The 50th Law book which Robert Greene co-wrote with actor, rapper and television producer- 50 Cent.

146. What separates those who go under and those who rise above adversity is the strength of their will and their hunger for power. -Robert Greene

147. Every negative is a positive. The bad things that happen to me, I somehow make them good. That means you can’t do anything to hurt me. -Robert Greene

148. Reality has its own power—you can turn your back on it, but it will find you in the end, and your inability to cope with it will be your ruin. -Robert Greene

149. Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live. -Robert Greene

150. Your goal in life must be to always move higher and higher up the food chain, where you alone control the direction of your enterprise and depend on no one. -Robert Greene

151. The real poetry and beauty in life comes from an intense relationship with reality in all its aspects. Realism is in fact the ideal we must aspire to, the highest point of human rationality. -Robert Greene

152. Fear creates its own self-fulfilling dynamic- as people give into it, they lose energy and momentum. Their lack of confidence translates into inaction that lowers confidence levels even further, on and on. -Robert Greene

153. The dreamers, those who misread the actual state of affairs and act upon their emotions, are often the source of the greatest mistakes in history—the wars that are not thought out, the disasters that are not foreseen. -Robert Greene

154. Events in life are not negative or positive. They are completely neutral. The universe does not care about your fate; it is indifferent to the violence that may hit you or to death itself. Things merely happen to you. It is your mind that chooses to interpret them as negative or positive. -Robert Greene

155. A bold act requires a high degree of confidence. People who are the targets of an audacious act, or who witness it, cannot help but believe that such confidence is real and justified. They respond instinctively by backing up, by getting out of the way, or by following the confident person. A bold act can put people on their heels and eliminate obstacles. In this way, it creates its own favorable circumstances.

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156. THE FIRMER YOUR GRASP ON REALITY, THE MORE POWER YOU WILL HAVE TO ALTER IT FOR YOUR PURPOSES. -Robert Greene

157. Now is the time to stop drifting and wake up—to assess yourself, the people around you, and the direction in which you are headed in as cold and brutal a light as possible. Without fear. -Robert Greene

158. Fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live. -Robert Greene

159. True ownership can come only from within. It comes from a disdain for anything or anybody that impinges upon your mobility, from a confidence in your own decisions, and from the use of your time in constant pursuit of education and improvement. -Robert Greene

160. Keep in mind the following: what you really value in life is ownership, not money. If ever there is a choice—more money or more responsibility—you must always opt for the latter. A lower-paying position that offers more room to make decisions and carve out little empires is infinitely preferable to something that pays well but constricts your movements. -Robert Greene

161. The people around you are generally mysterious. You are never quite sure about their intentions. They present an appearance that is often deceptive—their manipulative actions don’t match their lofty words or promises. All of this can prove confusing. Seeing people as they are, instead of what you think they should be, would mean having a greater sense of their motives. -Robert Greene

162. If you view everything through the lens of fear, then you tend to stay in retreat mode. You can just as easily see a crises or problem as a challenge, an opportunity to prove your mettle, the chance to strengthen and toughen yourself, or a call to collective action. By seeing it as a challenge, you will have converted this negative into a positive purely by a mental process that will result in positive action as well. -Robert Greene

163. THIS PAST, THE NEGRO’S PAST, OF ROPE, FIRE, TORTURE…DEATH AND HUMILIATION; FEAR BY DAY AND NIGHT, FEAR AS DEEP AS THE MARROW OF THE BONE…THIS PAST, THIS ENDLESS STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE AND CONFIRM A HUMAN IDENTITY…YET CONTAINS, FOR ALL ITS HORROR, SOMETHING VERY BEAUTIFUL…. PEOPLE WHO CANNOT SUFFER CAN NEVER GROW UP, CAN NEVER DISCOVER WHO THEY ARE…. -James Baldwin

164. Most people wait too long to go into action, generally out of fear. They want more money or better circumstances. You must go the opposite direction and move before you think you are ready. It is as if you are making it a little more difficult for yourself, deliberately creating obstacles in your path. But it is a law of power that your energy will always rise to the appropriate level. When you feel you must work harder to get to your goal because you are not quite prepared, you are more alert and inventive. This venture has to succeed so it will. -Robert Greene

165. Understand: as an individual you cannot stop the tide of fantasy and escapism sweeping a culture. But you can stand as an individual bulwark to this trend and create power for yourself. You were born with the greatest weapon in all of nature—the rational, conscious mind. It has the power to expand your vision far and wide, giving you the unique capacity to distinguish patterns in events, learn from the past, glimpse into the future, see through appearances. Circumstances are conspiring to dull that weapon and render it useless by turning you inward and making you afraid of reality. Consider it war. You must fight this tendency as best you can and move in the opposite direction. You must turn outward and become a keen observer of all that is around you. You are doing battle against all the fantasies that are thrown at you. You are tightening your connection to the environment. You want clarity, not escape and confusion. Moving in this direction will instantly bring you power among so many dreamers. -Robert Greene