24 Brilliant Robert Greene Quotes on Power

Date of birth: May 14, 1959, California, USA

Short Biography

Robert Greene is an American author and public speaker, best known for his books on strategy, power, and seduction. His bestseller books include The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery.

Robert was born in Los Angeles. He attended U.C. California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a degree in classical studies. He has worked in New York as an editor and writer at several magazines, including Esquire; and in Hollywood as a story developer and writer.

Greene has lived in London, Paris and Barcelona; he speaks several languages and has worked as a translator. In 1995 he was involved in the planning and creation of the art school Fabrica, outside Venice, Italy. There he met Joost Elffers, the New York book packager and discussed with him his idea for a book on power and manipulation, the ultimate modern version of Machiavelli's The Prince. Greene and Elffers became partners and in 1998, The 48 Laws of Power was born.

Robert Greene Quotes

“Learn the lesson: Once the words are out, you cannot take them back. Keep them under control. Be particularly careful with sarcasm: The momentary satisfaction you gain with your biting words will be outweighed by the price you pay.” /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
“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
“Learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations. Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.” /Robert Greene
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“If, for example, you are miserly by nature, you will never go beyond a certain limit; only generous souls attain greatness.” /Robert Greene
“You cannot repress anger or love, or avoid feeling them, and you should not try.” /Robert Greene
“There is too little mystery in the world; too many people say exactly what they feel or want.” /Robert Greene
“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
“Nothing is stable in the realm of power, and even closest of friends can be transformed into the worst of enemies.”