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

The most competitive Robert Greene quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

Understand: people will constantly attack you in life.

One of their main weapons will be to instill in you doubts about yourself – your 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.

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

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True genius, in strategy or anywhere, lies in self-control, self-mastery, presence of mind, fluidity of thought.

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Robert Greene quote Never imagine that skill and talent are

Never imagine that skill and talent are all that matter.

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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.

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Mistakes and failures are precisely your means of education.

They tell you about your own inadequacies.

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Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.

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Robert Greene quote Never make the mistake of thinking that

Never make the mistake of thinking that you elevate yourself by humiliating people.

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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.

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The world wants to assign you a role in life. And once you accept that role you are doomed.

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Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.

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

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Remember: The best deceivers do everything they can to cloak their roguish qualities. They cultivate an air of honesty in one area to disguise their dishonesty in others. Honesty is merely another decoy in their arsenal of weapons.

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The Crown. Place it upon your head and you assume a different post-tranquil yet radiating assurance. Never show doubt, never lose your dignity beneath the crown, or it will not fit. It will seem to be destined for one more worthy. Do not wait for a coronation; the greatest emporers crown themselves.

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About Robert Greene

Quotes 289 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Playwright
Birthday October 16

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

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A lot of, a big problems that people have nowadays is that they can't stand moments of no stimulation in their life so they're constantly lurking, looking for entertainment, video games.

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

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Life goes by very fast. And the worst thing in life that you can have is a job that you hate, that you have no energy in, that you're not creative with and you're not thinking of the future. To me, might as well be dead.

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Defeat Them in Detail: The Divide and Conquer Strategy.

Look at the parts and determine how to control the individual parts, create dissension and leverage it.

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Understand: A person of power instills a kind of fear by deliberately unsettling those around him to keep the initative on his side.

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

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Only create associations with positive affinities.

Make this a rule of life and you will benefit more than from all the therapy in the world.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I believe that everything happens for a reason, and what seems bad at first might in fact be something of a blessing.

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There is something I call social intelligence.

You can do a lot in life on your own and you can do all kinds of stuff, but if you're really bad with people, if you're really naive or aggressive and push people away, if you don't know the political environment you're in, it invalidates all the things you know. You're not going to get anywhere.

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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

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If you're just letting the time pass at your job, it's just dead time and you'll never get it back. If at that job you're learning and you're observing and you're seeing about people and connections, it's suddenly alive time.

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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.

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We happen to live in an era that is incredibly wrapped up in notions of political correctness; everything is seen through the lens of politics. But being political and politically correct is just another way of fighting, another form of power and strategy, an insidious means of manipulation.

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Any momentary triumph you think you have gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory. The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion. It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate.

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Deception is a developed art of civilization and the most potent weapon in the game of power

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With such a deep rooted interest you can withstand the setbacks and failures, the days of drudgery, and the hard work that are always a part of any creative action. You can ignore the doubters and critics. You will then feel personally committed to solving the problem and will not rest until you do so.

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The key to success in any kind of start up is your level of persistence.

It's not so much your intellect. The Zuckerburg's, Pages and Brins, that succeed have such a level of belief in what they are doing that they will put up with the kind of crap that most people won't put up with, they are incredibly persistent and resilient.

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In a society where the roles everyone plays are obvious, the refusal to conform to any standard will excite interest. Be both masculine and feminine, impudent and charming, subtle and outrageous. Let other people worry about being socially acceptable; those types are a dime a dozen, and you are after a power greater than they can imagine.

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I just do what I want to do without hurting other people and you know, I wish other people would do the same.

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Ah Franion, treason is loved of many, but the Traitor hated of all: unjust offences may for a time escape without danger, but never without revenge.

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To be strategic in life is like any skill whether it's basketball or learning a language, it takes effort and practice and I think most people don't think that it's something that they could just do, you know, naturally.

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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.

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

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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 enver focus enough to learn.

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Most people have no sense of self-awareness.

They're not aware of what they really want. They knew it when they were younger but then as they get older they listened to parents, they listened to peers and they think that, for instance, money is the most important thing when it really isn't.

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Real action and true helpfulness are perhaps the ultimate charm.

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Our levels of desire, patience, persistence, and confidence end up playing a much larger role in success than sheer reasoning powers. Feel motivated and energized, we can overcome almost anything. Feeling bored and restless, our minds shut off and we become increasingly passive.

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We started filming [with Brandy Burre ]and didn't really know, at first, what we were doing. Eventually, the thing just grabbed a hold of both of us and became what it is. But, yeah, we were very close before and we're even closer now.

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Being the free woman who is sexy and out there is a performance in a way, and being the stay-at-home mom and wife is a performance in itself. All of those performances are living and force you to make decisions about who you really are. Women have to put those performances ahead of things sometimes. Men aren't perceived in the same way.

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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.

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The human tongue is a beast that few can master.

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The conventional mind is passive - it consumes information and regurgitates it in familiar forms. The dimensional mind is active, transforming everything it digests into something new and original, creating instead of consuming.

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Be brutal with the past, especially your own, and have no respect for the philosophies that are foisted on you from outside.

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