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Inspirational Robert Greene Quotes On Success

Here is my collection of amazing quotes from American author Robert Greene.

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

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

“What kills the creative force is not age or lack of talent, but our own spirit, our own attitude.” – Robert Greene

“Mistakes and failures are precisely your means of education. They tell you about your own inadequacies.” – Robert Greene

“Mastery is not a function of genius or talent, it is a function of time and intense focus applied to a particular field of knowledge.” – Robert Greene

“A mind content both crown and kingdom is.” – Robert Greene

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

“Power is not what we do but what we do not – hasty and unwise actions that we repeat every day and which ultimately bring us into trouble.” – Robert Greene

“Boldness makes even the smallest animal dangerous.” – Robert Greene

“Understand: people will constantly attack you in life. One of their main weapons will be to instill in your doubts about yourself – 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

“Your faith in yourself should overcome your insecurities. Imagine yourself a king and you will become a king.” – Robert Greene

“We must create our own world or we will die from inaction.” – Robert Greene

“Life goes by very fast. And the worst thing in life that you can have is a job that you hate, and have no energy and creativity in.” – Robert Greene

“Become the curator of life. Edit, leave out the junk. But when you find something worth keeping, treasure it.” – Robert Greene

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

“Increase your power and your image will gain reliability.” – Robert Greene

“Everyone has to defend himself.” – Robert Greene

“Love is a lock that linketh noble minds.” – Robert Greene

“Routine life is unbearable, and most people only think about how to escape into the world of fantasy and dreams.” – Robert Greene

“The best way to neutralize our natural impatience is to cultivate a kind of pleasure in pain – like an athlete, you come to enjoy rigorous practice, pushing past your limits, and resisting the easy way out.” – Robert Greene

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” – Robert Greene

“If the happiness and prosperity of other people depend on you, you have nothing to fear anymore.” – Robert Greene

“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

“Be as fluid as water, do not give your enemies anything solid to attack.” – Robert Greene

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

“It is up to you to set your own price. Ask for less and that is what you will ger. Ask for more, however, and you send a signal that you are worth a king’s ransom. Even those who turn you down will respect your confidence, and that will pay off in ways you can’t imagine.” – Robert Greene

“Creative endeavors are by their nature uncertain.” – Robert Greene

“Keep others in suspense, cultivate an air of unpredictability.” – Robert Greene

“Mastery is not a question of genetics of luck, but of following your natural inclinations and the deep desires that stirs you from within.” – Robert Greene

“Grand strategy is the art of looking beyond the present battle and calculating ahead. Focus on your ultimate goal and plot to reach it.” – Robert Greene

“Do not fight them. Instead think of them the way you think of children, or pets, not important enough to affect your mental balance.” – Robert Greene 

“The person who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself.” – Robert Greene

“Make other people come to you, use bait if necessary.” – Robert Greene

“Be royal in your own fashion: act like a king to be treated like one.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Adversity

American author Robert Greene talks about difficulties before we reach the peak of success.

“There’s physical adversity, that if you are someone that likes exercise like I do, I exercise everyday. When you exercise, there’s pain involved and so you’re putting yourself through adversity in that situation. It’s never totally pleasurable and there are moments where it’s kind of boring or painful and you know that in doing that, you’re making your mind and body tougher and more resilient. So I must be able to deal with the boredom that happens in life.” – Robert Greene

“There are people that don’t need to run towards adversity. They grew up in circumstances where it’s forced upon them. Other people lead, pushier lives. So there are all kinds of forms of adversity in the world.” – Robert Greene

“Expand your notion of what adversity is.” – Robert Greene

“Things like reading a book or learning a language, or taking a walk – they’re not stimulating. Your mind has to sort of learn how to deal with that kind of stimulation on its own. So that’s a very important form of adversity.” – Robert Greene

“One could draw up all different kinds of adversity depending on what your weakness is.” – Robert Greene

“The point of the adversity is to toughen your mind so that you can handle difficult circumstances in life. Your mind, toughen just like you toughen your body. So it really depends on what you need. It really depends on the individual.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Appearance

Below are some meaningful quotes about the essence of appearance from Robert Greene.

“If you’re not careful people will judge you based on these appearances and they will pigeon hole you that this is the person that you are. Your shy, your aggressive, your this type or that type and you lose the control of the dynamic, they become the ones that determine who you are. A powerful person never loses control of the dynamic they are in some way in control.” – Robert Greene

“Her seductive power, however, did not lie in her looks […]. In reality, Cleopatra was physically unexceptional and had no political power, yet both Caesar and Antony, brave and clever men, saw none of this. What they saw was a woman who constantly transformed herself before their eyes, a one-woman spectacle.Her dress and makeup changed from day to day, but always gave her a heightened, goddess like appearance. Her words could be banal enough, but were spoken so sweetly that listeners would find themselves remembering not what she said but how she said it.” – Robert Greene

“Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing. Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious than the bland and timid masses.” – Robert Greene

“Playing with appearances and mastering the arts of deception are among the aesthetic pleasures of life. They are also key components in the acquisition of power.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Art

There are many interpretations of art but Robert Greene teaches us the beauty in it.

“Deception is a developed art of civilization and the most potent weapon in the game of power.” – Robert Greene

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

“There’s a real tension between it being a collaborative art process, which is almost like performance art of yourself, and, as we talk about the movie, it’s kind of a mix between melodrama and cinéma vérité. This involves ideas about playing the role of yourself and the movie of your life and all these other things.” – Robert Greene

“I have examples of people who find their way back later on in life, in their 30’s, 40’s, it can happen in your 50’s, I’m sure it can. It’s not really a science. It’s maybe more of an art.” – Robert Greene

“It’s sometimes hard to talk about politics and art. Obviously, I have my core beliefs, but I think art is best when it’s troublesome and pushes against stuff.” – Robert Greene

“Playing with appearances and mastering the arts of deception are among the aesthetic pleasures of life. They are also key components in the acquisition of power.” – Robert Greene

“Grand strategy is the art of looking beyond the present battle and calculating ahead. Focus on your ultimate goal and plot to reach it.” – Robert Greene

“Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee; When thou art old there’s grief enough for thee.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Books

Robert Greene shares the importance of having books in our lives. 

“I often daydream about the future, thinking of the world in 100, 200 years, imagining what it looks like, feels like. I hope that my books are like ghosts that will inhabit this future.” – Robert Greene

“The problem is the book business is changing so we’re in a difficult moment now and if the business model is changing, I don’t know if I’m going to have to look at what’s in store for me at that level but fortunately, I broke in earlier.” – 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

“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

“Things like reading a book or learning a language, or taking a walk – they’re not stimulating. Your mind has to sort of learn how to deal with that kind of stimulation on its own. So that’s a very important form of adversity.” – Robert Greene

“My greatest wish is that a certain way of looking at the world, a way I show in all of my books, gets into my readers’ heads, and slowly alters their perception.” – Robert Greene

“Early on in life I knew that I was a writer, that I just wanted to write, I love books, I love literature and after graduating college, I kind of wandered around in Europe learning languages and writing novels and never led anywhere. And then I got into like journalism in New York as a way to kind of maybe find my way into the field and it wasn’t a good fit. It just wasn’t right for me.” – Robert Greene

“I am impressed when I go on the internet and see a lot of young people who’ve been influenced by the books, or I meet someone who tells me how it has changed their life. To me, that is much more real than sales figures.” – Robert Greene

“One person reads the book, and cannot help telling a friend. That is vastly superior to any kind of advertisement, or clever magazine article. That is also the great power of the internet, where people share their opinions without the annoying screen of the media, and so much of the presence of my books has come from the Internet. It’s a new era, a new form of war, and I embrace it.” – Robert Greene

“The ideas get under your skin. I am honored and deeply excited by the thought that the next generation of writers, or whomever, are influenced by these books.” – Robert Greene

“People who are reading my books, or who are thinking about it, have some general idea about the concept of strategy. They’re better off than somebody that has none. So I would never say it’s useless.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Emotions

Here are some quotes about feelings and emotions from bestselling author Robert Greene.

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

“The truth is that creative activity is one that involves the entire self – our emotions, our levels of energy, our characters, and our minds.” – 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

“You’re always feeling powerless in life. If you’re in an abusive relationship or working for what we call a psychotic boss sometimes the only option is to leave because you’re emotions get so entangled with these manipulative people that staying there you’re just helpless because they’re good at passive aggressive games and you’re not, so you have to leave.” – Robert Greene

“We have consciousness and rational powers but unless you’re willing to spend the time to gain control of yourself, gain control of your emotions, to think deeply about what you want in a year or two, or where you want your business to be, you’re going to be swept away by every new event that occurs in the course of the day or the week and the small amount of time that you plan, that you address to conscious planning, is never enough to overcome the constant tide of emotions and new things happening.” – Robert Greene

“I have the point that everybody essentially have these unique set of DNA you have. There’s something different about you genetically. You are unique is what I am trying to say – the combination of experiences and emotions you have felt are never repeated.” – Robert Greene

“The combination of experiences and emotions you have felt are never repeated.” – 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

“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

Robert Greene Quotes About Film

New York Times bestseller Robert Greene talks about the film industry.

“I’m okay for things like theater and stuff but for film, I just didn’t think in the right way and I didn’t like the business. So I was unhappy. So I was in something that was moderately related to my, what I call my calling or my life’s path, which is writing, but it wasn’t like the right fit.” – Robert Greene

“I’ll probably take the prize for the most irrelevant degree. Although some of the things now where they study, you know: “post feministic colonial film theory” – those kinds of majors, yeah, that’s probably worse. But I was, you know, classics, Greek and Latin, like what’s more irrelevant than dead languages, you know?” – Robert Greene

“I’m probably, if I might, if I stray I might write, go into a screenplay or do something in film. Something like that but I think I’m pretty much going to stick to what I’m good at.” – 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

“Because of my two films – one was about my half-sister (Kati with an I) and the next one featured my cousin (Fake It So Real) – I was hesitant to start with someone so close.” – Robert Greene

“I was working on other things and I wanted to make a film, and I had some ideas brewing in my head. Brandy’s [ Burre] circumstance was such that I didn’t really know what was going to happen. That was obviously a surprise, but I knew she was in her mid-to-late thirties and she was starting to really think about her life in a way that really appealed to me, and appealed to the women that I know in my life.” – Robert Greene

“One of the things I’ve been talking about with my critical writing and my own work is that these movies are seen differently in a theatrical space. It’s very important to me. I edit films to be seen theatrically, like fiction material I’ve worked on like Listen Up Phillip or other documentaries.” – Robert Greene

“I didn’t like writing just articles and things. So then I wandered around. I tried my hand at film and television and that was a worse fit because I don’t really have a mind for that.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Focus

Here is why Robert Greene always says that focus is important.

“In the future, the great division will be between those who have trained themselves to handle these complexities and those who are overwhelmed by them – those who can acquire skills and discipline their minds and those who are irrevocably distracted by all the media around them and can never focus enough to learn.” – Robert Greene

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

“Do not envy those who seem to be naturally gifted; it is often a curse, as such types rarely learn the value of diligence and focus, and they pay for this later in life.” – Robert Greene

“Grand strategy is the art of looking beyond the present battle and calculating ahead. Focus on your ultimate goal and plot to reach it.” – Robert Greene

“A lot of people in college go astray because they choose something that doesn’t really, really connect to them. And if it doesn’t connect to you, you’re not able to put in that 10,000 hours that people talk about. You don’t have the focus. And you start off in life on the wrong foot and you never get back.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Goals

Below are some quotes about setting your goals from Robert Greene.

“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

“My goal for Actress is to have it play in more traditional theaters.” – Robert Greene

“Nobody that I know really likes the feeling of having no power and not being able to influence people. But most of us aren’t too conscious of what we are trying to do and get that control and that power so people end up sort of playing all kinds of unconscious manipulative games or they’re sort of half aware, they have an idea of a strategy or goal they want to use and they think about it. But then in the heat of the moment, it kind of all flies out the window.” – Robert Greene

“Grand strategy is the art of looking beyond the present battle and calculating ahead. Focus on your ultimate goal and plot to reach it.” – Robert Greene

“No one’s really taking it seriously enough, being more kind of careful and cautious in planning your life out and trying to reach a goal. It takes a great deal of effort – and this cannot be taught.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Reputation

Below are some quotes about building your reputation from Robert Greene.

“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

“It’s good to have a brand that is consistent that people know about and trust. But it’s also good to mix it up and adapt it, to polish it a bit and give it a new aspect. To not violate the reputation you’ve established but give it a new edge and veneer to show other aspects that people hadn’t suspected.” – Robert Greene

“Think of it this way: 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

Robert Greene Quotes About Talent

Below are some quotes about discovering your talent from Robert Greene.

“Mastery is not a function of genius or talent. It is a function of time and intense focus applied to a particular field of knowledge.” – Robert Greene

“Mastery is not a function of I.Q. or natural talent or wealthy parents who can send you to the best school, but rather the result of going through a learning process, fueled by the desire to grow and the persistence to push past any obstacles.” – Robert Greene

“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

“I make non-fiction partly because I’m not that good of a writer. My talent, if I have any, is in balancing, capturing and directing reality, rather than creating scenarios.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Weakness

Below are some quotes about taking advantage of your own weakness from Robert Greene.

“Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. 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

“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 and you must care less and less what people think of you.” – Robert Greene

“One could draw up all different kinds of adversity depending on what your weakness is.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Quotes About Writing

Below are some quotes about writing from international bestselling author Robert Greene.

“One of the things I’ve been talking about with my critical writing and my own work is that these movies are seen differently in a theatrical space. It’s very important to me. I edit films to be seen theatrically, like fiction material I’ve worked on like Listen Up Phillip or other documentaries.” – Robert Greene

“I’m probably, if I might, if I stray I might write, go into a screenplay or do something in film. Something like that but I think I’m pretty much going to stick to what I’m good at.” – 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

“I’m okay for things like theater and stuff but for film, I just didn’t think in the right way and I didn’t like the business. So I was unhappy. So I was in something that was moderately related to my, what I call my calling or my life’s path, which is writing, but it wasn’t like the right fit.” – Robert Greene

“What I like about the internet, what I see there is that its much more democratic. I have much more control, and if what I write is liked by the public, I have immediate feedback. There are so many things I want to say – about events in the news, politics, the gamesmanship and manipulations I read about, thoughts that occur to me about the power game, advice, on and on.” – Robert Greene

“I want to be able to write, that’s my first love and I don’t want to deviate from it even though I probably could have made a lot more money.” – Robert Greene

“If you’re meant to do something like writing and you end up going into banking or finance, your going to be miserable. You’re trying to fit something into a square peg and a round hole. It’s just never going to work.” – Robert Greene

“There’s spatial intelligence. they’re, which end up being, people going into math or music. there’s mechanical where you work well with your hands. There’s an intelligence with language that would lead someone into writing. So it’s not necessarily that you’re six years old and you know you’re going to be a lawyer Or you’re going into tech startups or computers. It’s something more elemental than that. It’s that this is a skill, a way of thinking that comes naturally to me that I was drawn to and it was very clear in childhood.” – Robert Greene

“There was writing and foreign languages. I always had an ease with foreign languages. So both are related, both language related kinds of mind.” – Robert Greene

“Early on in life I knew that I was a writer, that I just wanted to write, I love books, I love literature and after graduating college, I kind of wandered around in Europe learning languages and writing novels and never led anywhere. And then I got into journalism in New York as a way to kind of maybe find my way into the field and it wasn’t a good fit. It just wasn’t right for me.” – Robert Greene

“I didn’t like writing just articles and things. So then I wandered around. I tried my hand at film and television and that was a worse fit because I don’t really have a mind for that.” – Robert Greene

Robert Greene Laws of Power Book Quotes

Below are some quotes taken from the book Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

“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

“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

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

“Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Recreate 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 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 run wild and cause you grief.” – Robert Greene

“When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity.” – Robert Greene

“You cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others.” – Robert Greene

“The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.” – Robert Greene

“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.” – Robert Greene

“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.” – Robert Greene

“If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution.” – Robert Greene

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

“Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses.” – Robert Greene

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

“Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.” – Robert Greene

“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.” – Robert Greene

“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

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

“Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.” – Robert Greene

“Be wary of friends—they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.” – Robert Greene

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

Robert Greene The Art of Seduction Book Quotes

Below are some quotes taken from the book The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene.

“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

“Targets with active minds are dangerous: If they see through your manipulations, they may suddenly develop doubts. Put their minds gently to rest, and waken their dormant senses, by combining a non-defensive attitude with a charged sexual presence.”” – Robert Greene

“Instead, lure them out of their insecurities by making them focus on something sublime and spiritual: a religious experience, a lofty work of art, the occult.”” – Robert Greene

“People who have experienced a certain kind of pleasure in the past will try to repeat or relive it. The deepest-rooted and most pleasurable memories are usually those from earliest childhood, and are often unconsciously associated with a parental figure.” – Robert Greene

“While your cool, nonchalant air is lowering their inhibitions, your glances, voice, and bearing? oozing sex and desire? are getting under their skin and raising their temperature.” – Robert Greene

“Everyone has doubts and insecurities? about their body, their self-worth, their sexuality. If your seduction appeals exclusively to the physical, you will stir up these doubts and make your targets self-conscious.” – Robert Greene

“Never force the physical; instead infect your targets with heat, lure them into lust. Morality, judgment, and concern for the future will all melt away.” – Robert Greene

“An isolated person is weak. By slowly isolating your victims, you make them more vulnerable to your influence. Take them away from their normal milieu, friends, family, home. Give them the sense of being marginalized, in limbo? ” – Robert Greene

“Bring your targets back to that point by placing yourself in the oedipal triangle and positioning them as the needy child. Unaware of the cause of their emotional response, they will fall in love with you.” – Robert Greene

“Lost in a spiritual mist, the target will feel light and uninhibited. Deepen the effect of your seduction by making its sexual culmination seem like the spiritual union of two souls.” – Robert Greene

“They are leaving one world behind and entering another. Once isolated like this, they have no outside support, and in their confusion they are easily led astray.” – Robert Greene

“Slightest feeling of relief that you are not there, and it is all over. Familiarity and overexposure will cause this reaction. Remain elusive, then. Intrigue your targets by alternating an exciting presence with a cool distance, exuberant moments followed by calculated absences.” – Robert Greene

“Associate yourself with poetic images and objects, so that when they think of you, they begin to see you through an idealized halo. The more you figure in their minds, the more they will envelop you in seductive fantasies.” – Robert Greene

“To compensate for the difficulties in their lives, people spend a lot of their time daydreaming, imagining a future full of adventure, success, and romance. If you can create the illusion that through you they can live out their dreams, you will have them at your mercy.” – Robert Greene

“Aim at secret wishes that have been thwarted or repressed, stirring up uncontrollable emotions, clouding their powers of reason. Lead the seduced to a point of confusion in which they can no longer tell the difference between illusion and reality.” – Robert Greene

“Lofty words of love and grand gestures can be suspicious: Why are you trying so hard to please? The details of a seduction? the subtle gestures, the offhand things you do? are often more charming and revealing.” – Robert Greene

“You must learn to distract your victims with a myriad of pleasant little rituals? thoughtful gifts tailored just for them, clothes and adornments designed to please them, gestures that show the time and attention you are paying them. Mesmerized by what they see, they will not notice what you are really up to.” – Robert Greene

“People are more complicated than the masks they wear in society.” – Robert Greene

“Her seductive power, however, did not lie in her looks…” – Robert Greene

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

“Desire is both imitative (we like what others like) and competitive (we want to take away from others what they have). As children, we wanted to monopolize the attention of a parent, to draw it away from other siblings. This sense of rivalry… makes people compete for the attention.” – Robert Greene

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