99+ Best Robert Greene Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Robert Greene is an American author known for his books on strategy, power, and seduction. He has written six international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, Mastery, and The Laws of Human Nature. Profoundly inspirational Robert Greene quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Robert Greene Quotes

Once you purchase it, you’re building equity. You’re not just handing money to a rental guy. — Robert Greene

I will say it’s been a while since we’ve been this healthy, — Robert Greene

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

Then grew a wrinkle on fair Venus’ brow, The amber sweet of love is turn’d to gall! Gloomy was Heaven; bright Phoebus did avow He would be coy, and would not love at all; Swearing no greater mischief could be wrought, Than love united to a jealous thought. — Robert Greene

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

Ah, were she pitiful as she is fair,Or but as mild as she is seeming so,Then were my hopes greater than my despair,Then all the world were heaven, nothing woe. — Robert Greene

If you are armed with knowledge, if you are aware that certain dynamics are at play then you have options. You can play defense, you can ignore certain person and take the consequences perhaps with a game plan in mind and it goes on, you’ve increased your options. — Robert Greene

The quiet mind is richer than a crown….Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss beggars enjoy when princes oft do miss. — Robert Greene

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

People want to feel united, they want to have that religious sense they want to feel like at a rave 10,000 people at the rave are feeling the same emotions, a very primal need that’s not being fulfilled in the world today. — Robert Greene

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

50 is a great person. I was a little intimidated when I met him for the first time in 2006. I didn’t know what to expect. It ended up we got along really well. That’s why we decided to do a book together, The 50th Law of Power. — Robert Greene

Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee;/ When thou art old there’s grief enough for thee. / Mother’s wag, pretty boy, / Father’s sorrow, father’s joy. — Robert Greene

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

If you have millions and millions of dollars, you’re living in a totally different world. You don’t feel it anymore and you’ve got to feel it. — Robert Greene

You can never get rid of all of your fears. Some are necessary and a part of life. But most of our fears are illusory, based on risks or threats that exist only in our minds. Such fears constrain and make you miserable. The feeling of moving past a particular fear is one of liberation and freedom. — Robert Greene

I believe that everybody was born with a kind of uniqueness. There is never going to be somebody else with the same DNA as you, with the same experiences. There is something that you were meant to do as an individual. You have some kind of creative skill. It can either be creating your own business in some level, being a writer, an artist, whatever, or it can even be working within a company, but from within that company you’re creating something. — Robert Greene

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

Creative Endeavors are by their nature uncertain. — Robert Greene

Ethics and power are separate. Ethics and morality. I think life would be miserable if there weren’t some kind of code that people operated by, but history is full of many, many people who have gotten power by very unethical means, and people who were very ethical, who get no power, people who have the most brilliant, lovely, wonderful, nice intentions and bring about horrible things in the world because they don’t know how to play the power game. — Robert Greene

Jay-Z is more naturally gifted. He didn’t depend as much as 50 did on his personal story. Jay-Z has a great story, he came from a pretty rough background. But 50’s early success was so much fueled on the story and where he came from. With Jay-Z, I feel he has a more natural gift for language and for music itself. 50 really had to study and work at it much harder. — Robert Greene

Be as fluid as water, do not give your enemies anything solid to atack — Robert Greene

If country loves such sweet desires gain, / What lady would not love a shepherd swain? — Robert Greene

We don’t want them to become the tobacco Nazis, chasing people down, … But we can see some common courtesy being used. And the issue can be revisited later if needed. — Robert Greene

Deceiving world, that with alluring toysHast made my life the subject of thy scorn,And scornest now to lend thy fading joys,T’outlength my life, whom friends have left forlorn;How well are they that die ere they be born,And never see thy sleights, which few men shunTill unawares they helpless are undone! — Robert Greene

The smaller companies are riding the coattails of the larger companies. Historically, if Intel did well, it spoke well for all the semiconductor stocks. This earnings season, there’s a very high chance that the coattail effect is going to be broken. — Robert Greene

The need for certainty is the greatest disease the Mind faces — Robert Greene

It will be enforced by adult staff members, — Robert Greene

An ecosystem that has the maximum amount of diversity is the richest. — Robert Greene

A lot of things in history are timing, and it’s very peculiar because in retrospect things [and] people can look more brilliant or necessary than they actually were. — Robert Greene

Always say less than necessary. — Robert Greene

When you understand the fear then you can begin to move past it. So when I hear the people say it’s innate, you can’t learn it, I just want to hit them in the head. — Robert Greene

You have the power to think differently about who you are. You have the ability to turn off the critical voice inside of you. That’s not you. That’s coming from the culture. That’s coming from the outside of you. You’ve internalized the voice of your parents, your teachers, your friends. — Robert Greene

Most people are passive aggressive in this world. I have the idea that the human being is born with a kind of reservoir of aggression. We are inherently somewhat aggressive creatures and we either channel that in direct ways or we channel it in indirect ways and become passive aggressive. — Robert Greene

Be relentless in your pursuit for expansion. — Robert Greene

I can’t even let my kid outside, not to even play in the snow. I can’t leave him unattended knowing someone like that is around. I don’t even want to take a chance of putting my kid in that situation. — Robert Greene

The athletes said they were not prepared to come back to the village. — Robert Greene

As a writer you know you don’t have to deal with a lot of the crap that most people deal with, the political things. Every couple of years when your book comes out then you have to go into these fights with the publisher and the publicist and that’s it. — Robert Greene

I’m not concerned about taking the tax off of (gas). I think they need to put a cap on (the price). — Robert Greene

All masters want to appear more brilliant than other people. — Robert Greene

Who wouldn’t want to be here? It’s a great location. There’s so much foot traffic. — Robert Greene

We are a social animal, power only exists in a social sense, we have to work in groups. — Robert Greene

There are enough things changing that if you have something that works, you stay with it. For a standard infrastructure server, there just isn’t that great a demand on the processor. — Robert Greene

Compelling spectacles are not to reach a niche market, it could be for reaching a niche marketing but on a grand scale. This is for grand marketing. — Robert Greene

For as one star another far exceeds, So souls in heaven are placed by their deeds. — Robert Greene

We have to be very careful about stereotyping. This doesn’t mean that these youngsters’ — Robert Greene

Everything changes. This is the key to feeling powerful, but also to being creative in the world. — Robert Greene

Thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes. — Robert Greene

There is a tremendous problem in modern culture. We have become used to everything coming to us with tremendous speed and ease. It is a culture where discipline and patience is almost impossible to develop. — Robert Greene

News makes things black and white. Documentary filmmaking should do the opposite. — Robert Greene

Only your hearts be frolic, for the time Craves that we taste of naught but jouissance. — Robert Greene

Certainly, this is going to be as good as anything that you could find in Atlantic City. — Robert Greene

When I think about the new film, I think I can do whatever I want with fiction, but the more documentary it is, the better it will be because that’s what I’m good at. I’m good at observing people’s behavior and putting these unspoken things into movie contexts in ways that other people can sometimes miss. — Robert Greene

If you’re in a subordinate position of some sort and pretty much all of us are at some point in our lives, your general tendency is to try and impress the people above you or person above you so well that they will like you, keep you or maybe promote you. In the process of doing that you are not aware that that person above has insecurities and if you try so hard they may see that you are after their job or that you are better than they are or they might envy the fact you are younger. — Robert Greene

On woman Nature did bestow two eyes, Like Hemian’s bright lamps, in matchless beauty shining, Whose beams do soonest captivate the wise And wary heads, made rare by art’s refining. — Robert Greene

Your work is the single greatest means at your disposal for expressing your social intelligence. — Robert Greene

While the citizens have a vested interest in the city following up on this, the citizens have other, greater interests. — Robert Greene

If you’re in your early twenties, don’t put so much importance on the money, on the raise. Getting an extra thousand dollars a year is okay, but the real thing is the responsibility and the power and the experience that you’re learning. — Robert Greene

The problem is that we humans are deep conformists. — Robert Greene

Stop shallow water from running, it will rage; tread on a worm and it will turn. — Robert Greene

Practically every profession has a really political environment. I think the world has become more competitive. There are so many people in every place competing for small slices of success and power. It’s a heated atmosphere and whenever you have competition, you’re going to have more politics and manipulation. — Robert Greene

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. — Robert Greene

You could have a lot of money at your fingertips, the finest education and intellectual knowledge, but if you are governed by fear none of that will matter. You will remain tied to dead ideas and stale strategies. You will not be able to adapt. You will lose what you have. — Robert Greene

When someone is not there all the time it gives us space to think about them. Your job in influence and persuasion is to get the other person to think about you or your product without you forcing yourself upon them or without you making them think about you. — Robert Greene

When it comes to mastering a skill, time is the magic ingredient. — Robert Greene

A lot of the things that involve power on the highest levels sometimes involve the darker side of human psychology. People can be very passive aggressive or they can be aggressive and they can conceal their intentions. There’s this world that exists that nobody writes about or describes it’s like a dirty little secret or taboo. — Robert Greene

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

I know My God commands, whose power no power resists. — Robert Greene

I also have a lot of questions on the academic side about the four-day week, … Only if we are in some kind of catastrophic situation can I see going with that. Right now, I don’t think that is the thing for us to do. — Robert Greene

It would not be practical for us to look at a four-day week. The school districts looking at that have much longer bus routes. — Robert Greene

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

If you’re consumed only with the big dream, you’re going to die because you won’t be able to feed yourself or you’re going to be losing your job, so you’ll just be sitting in your room dreaming, but if you’re only holding onto the crap jobs that keep you just above of the water you’re going to be unhappy. You’re going to be burnt out, washed out. — Robert Greene

The United States government is hated universally. But the average American person is not. This distinction is being made not because these countries are interested in cooperation but because of the needs of people. — Robert Greene

A mind content both crown and kingdom is. — Robert Greene

When the snipe and the mussel struggle, the fisherman gets the benefit. Ancient Chinese saying — Robert Greene

No greater mischief could be wrought Than love united to a jealous thought. — Robert Greene

You must bear in mind that each law is circumstantial. It does depend on the circumstances. — Robert Greene

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

A noble mind disdains to hide his head, And let his foes triumph in his overthrow. — Robert Greene

Though men determine, the gods doo dispose: and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup and the lip. — Robert Greene

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

Everybody in life is struggling for power, and some people use morality and righteousness as a weapon, while others use different means, even passive aggression. From a distance, we are all fighting, and I am looking at this from a distance. — Robert Greene

You can’t disengage yourself from that game if you are completely unaware of what people out there might be doing, you’re just going to be tripped up, you’re going to find yourself continually at a disadvantage. — Robert Greene

Hangs in the uncertain balance of proud time. — Robert Greene

So we’ll have to cinch in our belts somewhere, … but we should be able to handle it. — Robert Greene

Hasty climbers have sudden falls. — Robert Greene

I think it would make a big difference. — Robert Greene

Set a beggar on horse backe, they saie, and hee will neuer alight. — Robert Greene

The greater challenge, however, is to meet the target of approximately 3,000 workers when the project peaks next year. We are working feverishly towards that. — Robert Greene

I’m a big believer in being an entrepreneur. It’s easy for me to say because I work for myself and I am someone who likes that process. You have control over your destiny. — Robert Greene

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

Your ability to work with people directly affects your ability to get work done in the world. — Robert Greene

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

It makes me furious. That somebody would do a child that way. It just makes me furious. I think they should throw the book at him, or whatever you know. — Robert Greene

They said, ‘Look, we don’t want to come back. We’re going to try and stay in this country’. — Robert Greene

In the opening stage of most careers any attention is what you want, any attention is good attention, even if it’s bad attention. — Robert Greene

Still uncertain as to our identity, we think that what matters in the work world is gaining attention and making friends. And these misconceptions and naïveté are brutally exposed in the light of the real world. — Robert Greene

I hate the way war is seen as something inherently brutal and ugly. Yes, much of war brings out the worst part of our [people’s] nature. But in war, all kinds of noble human traits have been developed, such as discipline, cohesion, pride. — Robert Greene

Never be put off by your target’s anger; it is a sure sign of enslavement. — Robert Greene