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Robert Greene – The 48 Laws of Power Quotes & Review

Born on 14 May 1959, Los Angeles, USA, Robert Greene is an American author best known for his 48 Laws of Power book. The 48 Laws of Power quotes are the greatest ever, and this book exceeded huge success amongst prison inmates, celebrities as well as turned him in a cult hero within the hip hop set.

His early life begins with him growing up in Los Angeles; he then attended the University of California, Berkeley and then finished his degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison with B.A. in classical studies. Greene estimates that before he became an author he has worked 80 jobs. He has worked in an art and media school in Italy named Fabrica as a writer, where he met Joost Elffers who was a book packager. Greene pitched an idea about a book to Elffers, the book was about power. Greene then wrote a treatment which eventually became “The 48 Laws of Power”. Greene states that this was the turning point of his life.

He is also known as a speaker and mostly speaks and writes about subjects such as power, seduction, and strategy. Besides this book, his other 4 books are: The Art of Seduction (2001), The 33 Strategies of War (2007), The 50th Law (with rapper 50 cent, published 2009) and Mastery (2012). All of these books are bestsellers as well.

Robert Greene Quotes and Books Review

The 48 Laws of Power quotes became a symbol, and this book was sold over 1.2 million copies in the USA, and in his biggest bestseller until now, he talks about power and how to achieve or arm against power of others, through many practical examples and guides drawing from the lives of the biggest rulers and powerful people’ strategies throughout the history of 3000 years.

He formed some of the ideas for The 48 Laws of Power PDF, during his work as a writer in Hollywood, starting from the fact that today’s powerful elite shares similar characteristics as the powerful figures throughout of history such as Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes, Sun Tzu, Haile Selassie I, Carl von Clausewitz and  P.T. Barnum. He got inspired from Julius Caesar’s decision to cross the Rubicon River and fight Pompey, while rereading his biography and turned in the proposal for his biggest bestseller, he consider this act as a turning point in his life.

This amazing book synthesizes the philosophies of the greatest warriors, seducers, statesmen and con men. The public opinion of this book is contradictory, a lot of its audiences shares the opinion that this book gives amoral, ruthless, cunning instructions on how to get power and others use this book as their guide on their road to success.

This speaks a lot of why many entrepreneurs, celebrities, rappers like Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Hollywood elite actors, athletes, were touched and inspired from the content of the book and got immediately related to it.

“The Art of Seduction” (2001)

We’ll start off the list with Greene’s second book, “The Art of Seduction” which was published in 2001. It is actually a handbook on the most effective and most subtle form of power, seduction. In the book, we have the profiles of the nine types of seducers, and details aspects of negotiation, authenticity, storytelling and attraction. Greene supports the psychology behind seduction with examples from great historical figures, like Casanova, John F. Kennedy, Cleopatra and many others.

“The 33 Strategies of War” (2007)

Moving on to his third book “The 33 Strategies of War” which was published in 2007 and it’s divided into five parts: Self-Directed Warfare, Organizational (Team) Warfare, Defensive Warfare, Offensive Warfare and Unconventional (Dirty) Warfare. It distills military wisdom and it’s a guide to the campaign of everyday life from the great historical figures of war of the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, Margaret Thatcher, Alfred Hitchcock and Sun Tzu.

“The 50th Law” (2009)

Greene’s fourth Book is “The 50th Law” written in collaboration with the rapper 50 Cent. It’s published in 2009 and talks about the fearlessness and mixes the strategy that 50 Cent used from his rise as a young hustler to an up and coming musician that used the lessons from historical figures. The book begins with telling how 50 Cent learned the “Fearless Philosophy” in the Southside of Queens and each of the 10 chapters of the factor of fearlessness.

“Mastery” (2012)

His fifth book released on November 13, 2012 “Mastery”, examines the lives of contemporary and historical figures like the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Paul Graham and Charles Darwin. In this book, Greene talks about the ingredients and traits that made these people masters. The book is divided into six sections with each one focused on strategies and lessons to the path to mastery.

“The 48 Laws Of Power” (1998)

And now for his greatest work, his first book “The 48 Laws of Power”. “The 48 Laws of Power” is for anyone who arms against power, observes power or wants power, and it’s a practical guide about it. The laws that Greene writes about, or rather he distills 3,000 years in the history of power. He takes inspiration from the lives of historical figures, strategists and leaders such as Queen Elizabeth I, P.T. Barnum, Carl von Clausewitz, Haile Selassie, Niccolò Machiavelli, Henry Kissinger and Sun Tzu. The laws have their own chapters with their own “transgression of the law”, “observation of the law”, and a “reversal”. It has sold over 700,000 copies and is popular with athletes, actors, celebrities, entrepreneurs and rappers.

The 48 Laws Of Power Quotes

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Reception and Criticism of The 48 Laws Of Power Quotes

Although this book received major popularity amongst the hip hop set, Hollywood elite and prison inmates alike, many critics consider that these laws given by Robert Green are contradictory and make no sense, furthermore that these laws are just an isolated examples and are not based on solid search.

Regardless of the critics the book achieved a large amount of success launching Greene in the bestseller section. Various prestigious publications have mentioned the book such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, Forbes, The New Yorker, USA Today, Business Insider, Men’s Health and many more.

Fun fact is that these quotes and sayings are highly requested in prison libraries and is studied as a first-year book in two US colleges. Also, the author was approached by Curtis Jackson (rapper 50 Cent), who offered a prospect of further collaboration, which would later become his next book – The 50th Law.

Coming soon:

  • Art of Seduction Quotes and Review
  • 33 Strategies of War Quotes and Review