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Robert Greene Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2020
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Hangs in the uncertain balance of proud time.
Understand: A person of power instills a kind of fear by deliberately unsettling those around him to keep the initative on his side.
Animals behave in set patterns, which is why we are able to hunt and kill them. Only man has the capacity to consciously alter his behavior, to improvise and overcome the weight of routine and habit.
Writers who have delved into human nature, ancient masters of strategy, historians of human stupidity and folly, kings and queens who have learned the hard way how to handle the burden of power, there knowledge is gathering dust, waiting for you to come and stand on their shoulders. Their wit can be your wit, their skill can be your skill, and they will never come around to tell people how unoriginal you really are. You can slog through life, make endless mistakes, wasting time and energy trying to do things from your own experience. Or you can use the armies of the past. As Bismarck once said, 'Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others' experience.'
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.
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.
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.
Never whine, never complain, never try to justify yourself.
Nothing is stable in the realm of power, and even closest of friends can be transformed into the worst of enemies.
For the future, the motto is, "No days unalert.
There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous.
Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content, The quiet mind is richer than a crown...
Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think.
Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.
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.
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.
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.
Waste brings woe, and sorrow hates despair.
Though men determine, the gods doo dispose: and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup and the lip.
I know My God commands, whose power no power resists.
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