Top Robert Greene 31 Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature Book

Robert Greene Quotes from his book The Laws of Human Nature

The Laws of Human Nature author Robert Greene shares his deep insight into our own nature as humans, delves into what makes us so easy to manipulate, and observes how our dark side, built as the result of our upbringing, creeps into everything we do as adults

Robert Greene Quotes
Top Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

Top Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

Top Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

 Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature

Top Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature Book

Top Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature Book

Top Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature Book

Top Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature Book

Top Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature Book

Top Robert Greene Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature Book

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding, and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all – understanding people’s drives.

Top Robert Greene 31 Quotes from The Laws of Human Nature Book

“You like to imagine yourself in control of your fate, consciously planning the course of your life as best you can. But you are largely unaware of how deeply your emotions dominate you. They make you veer toward ideas that soothe your ego. They make you look for evidence that confirms what you already want to believe. They make you see what you want to see, depending on your mood, and this disconnect from reality is the source of the bad decisions and negative patterns that haunt your life. Rationality is the ability to counteract these emotional effects, to think instead of react, to open your mind to what is really happening, as opposed to what you are feeling. It does not come naturally; it is a power we must cultivate, but in doing so we realize our greatest potential.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“If you come across any special trait of meanness or stupidity . . . you must be careful not to let it annoy or distress you, but to look upon it merely as an addition to your knowledge—a new fact to be considered in studying the character of humanity. Your attitude towards it will be that of the mineralogist who stumbles upon a very characteristic specimen of a mineral. —Arthur Schopenhauer”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“What if we could find out what causes us to lie about who we are, or to inadvertently push people away?”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Man will only become better when you make him see what he is like. —Anton Chekhov”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Our continual connection to social media makes us prone to new forms of viral emotional effects. These are not media designed for calm reflection.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“we tend to think of our behavior as largely conscious and willed. To imagine that we are not always in control of what we do is a frightening thought, but in fact it is the reality.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Athena came to represent a very particular form of nous—eminently practical, feminine, and earthy. She is the voice that comes to heroes in times of need, instilling in them a calm spirit, orienting their minds toward the perfect idea for victory and success, then giving them the energy to achieve this. To be visited by Athena was the highest blessing of them all, and it was her spirit that guided great generals and the best artists, inventors, and tradesmen. Under”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Do not swallow the easy moralism of the day, which urges honesty at the expense of desirability.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Not to become someone else, but to be more thoroughly yourself.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“The survival of our earliest ancestors depended on their ability to communicate with one another well before the invention of language. They evolved new and complex emotions—joy, shame, gratitude, jealousy, resentment, et cetera. The signs of these emotions could be read immediately on their faces, communicating their moods quickly and effectively.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“To this day, we humans remain highly susceptible to the moods and emotions of those around us, compelling all kinds of behavior on our part—unconsciously imitating others, wanting what they have, getting swept up in viral feelings of anger or outrage. We”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“For Pericles it would be nous, the ancient Greek word for “mind” or “intelligence.” Nous is a force that permeates the universe, creating meaning and order. The human mind is naturally attracted to this order; this is the source of our intelligence. For”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Making money or being successful should be a natural result of this ideal and not the goal itself.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Do not be afraid to exaggerate the role of willpower. It is an exaggeration with a purpose. It leads to a positive self-fulfilling dynamic, and that is all you care about. See this shaping of your attitude as your most important creation in life, and never leave it to chance.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“this is so important to the human animal, people will do almost anything to get attention, including committing a crime or attempting suicide. Look behind almost any action, and you will see this need as a primary motivation.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“what if we could look within and see the source of our more troubling emotions and why they drive our behavior, often against our own wishes?”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“You want to retain the elasticity of spirit you had as a child, interested in everything, while retaining the hard-nosed need to verify and scrutinize for yourself all ideas and beliefs.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“We have a continual desire to communicate our feelings and yet at the same time the need to conceal them for proper social functioning.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“People with consummate acting skills can better navigate our complex social environments and get ahead.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“The irrational simply changes its look and its fashions. We may no longer have literal witch hunts, but in the twentieth century, not so very long ago, we witnessed the show trials of Stalin, the McCarthy hearings in the U.S. Senate, and the mass persecutions during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Various cults are continually being generated, including cults of personality and the fetishizing of celebrities. Technology now inspires religious fervor. People have a desperate need to believe in something and they will find it anywhere. Polls have revealed that increasing numbers of people believe in ghosts, spirits, and angels, in the twenty-first century.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Throughout history we witness continual cycles of rising and falling levels of the irrational. The great golden age of Pericles, with its philosophers and its first stirrings of the scientific spirit, was followed by an age of superstition, cults, and intolerance. This same phenomenon happened after the Italian Renaissance. That this cycle is bound to recur again and again is part of human nature.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“Perhaps a more uncomfortable emotion is at the source—such as envy or paranoia. You need to look at this square in the eye. Dig below any trigger points to see where they started. For these purposes, it might be wise to use a journal in which you record your Self-assessments with ruthless objectivity. Your greatest danger here is your ego and how it makes you unconsciously maintain illusions about yourself. These may be comforting in the moment, but in the long run they make you defensive and unable to learn or progress.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“We are all self-absorbed, locked in our own worlds. It is a therapeutic and liberating experience to be drawn outside ourselves and into the world of another.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“we tend to think of our behavior as largely conscious and willed. To imagine that we are not always in control of what we do is a frightening thought, but in fact it is the reality. We are subject to forces from deep within us that drive our behavior and that operate below the level of our awareness.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“You can recognize deep narcissists by the following behavior patterns: If they are ever insulted or challenged, they have no defense, nothing internal to soothe them or validate their worth. They generally react with great rage, thirsting for vengeance, full of a sense of righteousness. This is the only way they know how to assuage their insecurities. In such battles, they will position themselves as the wounded victim, confusing others and even drawing sympathy. They are prickly and oversensitive. Almost everything is taken personally. They can become quite paranoid and have enemies in all directions to point to.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“If they come from another culture, it is all the more important to understand this culture from within their experience.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“you must begin with the assumption that you are ignorant and that you have natural biases that will make you judge people incorrectly.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“We often notice a similar sensation of confusion and helplessness when it comes to ourselves and our own behavior. For instance, we suddenly say something that offends our boss or colleague or friend— we are not quite sure where it came from, but we are frustrated to find that some anger and tension from within has leaked out in a way that we regret.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“What I fear is not the enemy’s strategy but our own mistakes.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature

“We imagine we’re acting of our own free will, unaware of how deeply our susceptibility to the emotions of others in the group is affecting what we do and how we respond.”
― Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature