Robert Greene Quotes

You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you.
“You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you.”
Train yourself to take nothing personally.
“Train yourself to take nothing personally.”
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.
“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.”
Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness.
“Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness.”
The ultimate power in life is to be completely self-reliant, completely yourself.
“The ultimate power in life is to be completely self-reliant, completely yourself.”
Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself.
“Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself.”
You must always be prepared to place a bet on yourself, on your future, by heading in a direction that others seem to fear.
“You must always be prepared to place a bet on yourself, on your future, by heading in a direction that others seem to fear.”
When you do not get to the root of the problem, you cannot solve it in any meaningful manner.
“When you do not get to the root of the problem, you cannot solve it in any meaningful manner.”
Accept the fact that all events occur for a reason, and that it is within your capacity to see this reason as positive.
“Accept the fact that all events occur for a reason, and that it is within your capacity to see this reason as positive.”
The only way to survive is to admit you are on your own, learn to make your own decisions, and trust your judgement.
“The only way to survive is to admit you are on your own, learn to make your own decisions, and trust your judgement.”
Move toward resistance and pain.
“Move toward resistance and pain.”
Let go of the past.
“Let go of the past.”
Every negative situation contains the possibility for something positive, an opportunity. It is how you look at it that matters.
“Every negative situation contains the possibility for something positive, an opportunity. It is how you look at it that matters.”
Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful.
“Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful.”
Without suffering and doubts, the mind will come to rest on cliches and stay there, until the spirit dies as well.
“Without suffering and doubts, the mind will come to rest on cliches and stay there, until the spirit dies as well.”
The pain and boredom we experience in the initial stage of learning a skill toughens our minds.
“The pain and boredom we experience in the initial stage of learning a skill toughens our minds.”
Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process.
“Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process.”
Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually.
“Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually.”
Patience in all things is your crucial shield.
“Patience in all things is your crucial shield.”
The moment you allow yourself to be treated like anyone else, it is too late ? you are swallowed and digested.
“The moment you allow yourself to be treated like anyone else, it is too late ? you are swallowed and digested.”
Never rush into the waiting arms of the first person who seems to like you. That is not seduction but insecurity.
“Never rush into the waiting arms of the first person who seems to like you. That is not seduction but insecurity.”
We think that both our genetic rodent model as well as a new learning and memory test we developed may provide valuable tools in the investigation of schizophrenia.
“We think that both our genetic rodent model as well as a new learning and memory test we developed may provide valuable tools in the investigation of schizophrenia.”
Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention.
“Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention.”
Life has more meaning in the face of death.
“Life has more meaning in the face of death.”
You are facing death and danger and competition, but at any moment, you can decide to have a fearless mindset.
“You are facing death and danger and competition, but at any moment, you can decide to have a fearless mindset.”
The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.
“The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.”
Once you learn patience, your options suddenly expand.
“Once you learn patience, your options suddenly expand.”
Some people's insecurity and ego fragility cannot tolerate the slightest offense.
“Some people's insecurity and ego fragility cannot tolerate the slightest offense.”
The fools in life want things fast and easy ? money, success, attention.
“The fools in life want things fast and easy ? money, success, attention.”
Once the ego inflates it will only come back to earth through some jarring failure.
“Once the ego inflates it will only come back to earth through some jarring failure.”
Be capable of negating your ego.
“Be capable of negating your ego.”
Envy creates silent enemies.
“Envy creates silent enemies.”
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.
“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.”
Take pleasure in the laborious research process ? enjoy the slow cooking of the idea, the organic growth that naturally takes shape over time.
“Take pleasure in the laborious research process ? enjoy the slow cooking of the idea, the organic growth that naturally takes shape over time.”
Promise a great and total change - from poor to rich, sickness to health, misery to ecstasy - and you will have followers.
“Promise a great and total change - from poor to rich, sickness to health, misery to ecstasy - and you will have followers.”
If you prefer to not play the game and to always be honest and upfront, do not complain when others call you obnoxious and arrogant.
“If you prefer to not play the game and to always be honest and upfront, do not complain when others call you obnoxious and arrogant.”
Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people.
“Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people.”
A single act of honesty is often not enough. What is required is a reputation for honesty, built on a series of act.
“A single act of honesty is often not enough. What is required is a reputation for honesty, built on a series of act.”
Directness and honesty may give you relief, but they also stir up antagonism.
“Directness and honesty may give you relief, but they also stir up antagonism.”
If people believe you have a plan, that you know where you are going, they will follow you instinctively.
“If people believe you have a plan, that you know where you are going, they will follow you instinctively.”
The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”
Make creativity rather than comfort your goal and you will ensure far more success for the future.
“Make creativity rather than comfort your goal and you will ensure far more success for the future.”
The further and deeper we contemplate the future, the greater our capacity to shape it according to our desires.
“The further and deeper we contemplate the future, the greater our capacity to shape it according to our desires.”
Understand: the future belongs to groups that are fluid, fast, and nonlinear.
“Understand: the future belongs to groups that are fluid, fast, and nonlinear.”
You are judged in this world by how well you bring things to an end. A messy or incomplete conclusion can reverberate for years to come.
“You are judged in this world by how well you bring things to an end. A messy or incomplete conclusion can reverberate for years to come.”
It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate.
“It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate.”
Let go of your need for comfort and security. Creative endeavors are by their nature uncertain.
“Let go of your need for comfort and security. Creative endeavors are by their nature uncertain.”
We need to get rid of the fear and guilt we might have for asserting ourselves. It serves no purpose except to keep us down.
“We need to get rid of the fear and guilt we might have for asserting ourselves. It serves no purpose except to keep us down.”
Understand: we are all too afraid ? of offending people, of stirring up conflict, of standing out from the crowd, of taking bold action.
“Understand: we are all too afraid ? of offending people, of stirring up conflict, of standing out from the crowd, of taking bold action.”
Exhibit remarkable confidence and people will think your confidence comes from real knowledge. You will create a self-fulfilling prophecy: people's belief in you will translate into actions that help realize your visions.
“Exhibit remarkable confidence and people will think your confidence comes from real knowledge. You will create a self-fulfilling prophecy: people's belief in you will translate into actions that help realize your visions.”