Who the hell is Robert Greene?

Robert Greene is an American author known for The 48 Laws of Power, Mastery and The Art of Seduction.

Books by Robert Greene

Quotes by Robert Greene

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

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“Always say less than necessary. 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 The 48 Laws of Power

“An appeal to the emotions is far more powerful than an appeal to reason.”

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“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 The 48 Laws of Power

“An enemy who does not respect you will grow bold, and boldness makes even the smallest animal dangerous.”

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“Any titles, money, or privilege you inherit are actually hindrances. They delude you into believing you are owed respect.”

Robert Greene

“Any titles, money, or privilege you inherit are actually hindrances. They delude you into believing you are owed respect.”

Robert Greene

“Confidence is important, but if it is not based on a realistic appraisal of who you are, it is mere grandiosity and smugness.”

Robert Greene

“Do not waste time on things you cannot change or influence.”

Robert Greene

“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 The 33 Strategies of War

“Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful.”

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“Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.”

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others’ experience.”

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

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

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose.”

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“Giving too much can be a sign of desperation, as if you were trying to buy someone.”

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

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“If there is something you want but you cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem.”

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“In a world growing increasingly banal and familiar, what seems enigmatic instantly draws attention. Never make it too clear what you are doing or about to do. Do not show all your cards.”

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“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 Mastery

“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 Mastery

“It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate.”

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“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

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

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“Know who you're dealing with. Do not offend the wrong person.”

Robert Greene

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

Robert Greene

“Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.”

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“Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.”

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“Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious than the bland and timid masses.”

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

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“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 The 48 Laws of Power

“Never be afraid of the qualities that set you apart and draw attention to you.”

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“Never be distracted by people’s glamorous portraits of themselves and their lives; search and dig for what really imprisons them.”

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“Never discriminate as to whom you study and whom you trust. Never trust anyone completely and study everyone, including friends and loved ones.”

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“Never outshine the master.”

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“Never rush into the waiting arms of the first person who seems to like you. That is not seduction but insecurity.”

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“Never seem to be in a hurry — hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself and over time. Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually.”

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“Never take your position for granted and never let any favors you receive go to your head.”

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

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

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“Never whine, never complain, never try to justify yourself.”

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“Nothing is stable in the realm of power, and even the closest of friends can be transformed into the worst of enemies.”

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“Only create associations with positive affinities. Make this a rule of life and you will benefit more than from all the therapy in the world.”

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“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 Mastery

“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.”

Robert Greene The 50th Law

“Read more books than those who have a formal education, developing this into a lifelong habit.”

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“Seduction is a game of attention, of slowly filling the other person’s mind with your presence.”

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“Self-interest is the lever that will move people. Once you make them see how you can in some way meet their needs or advance their cause, their resistance to your requests for help will magically fall away.”

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“Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.”

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“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 The 48 Laws of Power

“The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes.”

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

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“The human tongue is a beast that few can master.”

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear.”

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“The pain and boredom we experience in the initial stage of learning a skill toughens our minds.”

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

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

Robert Greene Mastery

“The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves, they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.”

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“The very desire to find shortcuts makes you eminently unsuited for any kind of mastery.”

Robert Greene Mastery

“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 Mastery

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

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“There is too little mystery in the world; too many people say exactly what they feel or want.”

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“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 The 48 Laws of Power

“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 The Art of Seduction

“What is important when you are young is to train yourself to get by with little money and make the most of your youthful energy.”

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“When our emotions are engaged, we often have trouble seeing things as they are.”

Robert Greene The Art of Seduction

“When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work — it only raises questions.”

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“When you meet a swordsman, draw your sword: Do not recite poetry to one who is not a poet.”

Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power

“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 The 48 Laws of Power

“Win through your actions, never through argument.”

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“You can never be sure who you are dealing with. A man who is of little importance and means today can be a person of power tomorrow.”

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“You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity.”

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

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“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 The 50th Law

“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 The 33 Strategies of War

“Your predictability gives them a sense of control. Turn the tables; be deliberately unpredictable.”

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