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Who Is Robert Greene?
Robert Greene (born May 14, 1959) is an American author of books on strategy, power, and seduction, including international best-sellers like The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery. Before becoming an author, Greene estimates that he worked 80 jobs, including as a construction worker, translator, magazine editor, and Hollywood movie writer.
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The Best Robert Greene Books of All Time
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Best Robert Greene Quotes
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"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
"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, The 48 Laws of Power
"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, The 48 Laws of Power
"Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent"- Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
"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."- Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
"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
"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, The 48 Laws of Power
"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, The 48 Laws of Power
"Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think."- Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
"The human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will tun wild and cause you grief."- Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
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