quotes from robert greene's the 33 strategies of war

Quotes from Robert Greene’s The 33 Strategies of War

A book like these comes with lots of quotes. But not all could be included in a post. So reading it would be a better idea.


“Strategic warriors operate much differently. They think ahead toward their long-term goals, decide which fights to avoid and which are inevitable, know how to control and channel their emotions. When forced to fight, they do so with indirection and subtle maneuvers, making their manipulations hard to trace. In this way they can maintain the peaceful exterior so cherished in these political times.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“To promote any value, even peace and pacifism, you must be willing to fight for it and to aim at results — not simply the good, warm feeling that expressing such ideas might bring you. The moment you aim for results, you are in the realm of strategy. War and strategy have an inexorable logic: if you want or desire anything, you must be ready and able to fight for it.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“Others will agree that war and strategy are primarily matters that concern men, particularly those who are aggressive or among the power elite. The study of war and strategy, they will say, is a masculine, elitist and repressive pursuit, a way for power to perpetuate itself, such an argument is dangerous nonsense.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“A women’s lack of interest in strategy and war is not biological but social and perhaps political.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“When you have success, be extra wary. When you are angry, take no action. When you are fearful, know you are going to exaggerate the dangers you fear.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“What people say about themselves does not matter; people will say anything, look at what they have done; deeds do not lie. You must also apply this logic to yourself. In looking back at a defeat, you must identify the things you could have done differently. It is your own bad strategies, not the unfair opponent, that are to blame for your failures. You are responsible for the good and bad in your life.”  ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“People who accuse you of being unfair, for example, who try to make you feel guilty, who talk about justice and morality, are trying to gain an advantage on the chess board.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“Your interest in war is not the violence, the brutality, the waste of loves and resources, but the rationality and pragmatism it forces in us and the ideal of winning without bloodshed.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“Strategy is the art of commanding the entire military operation. Tactics, on the other hand, is the skill of forming up the army for battle itself and dealing with the immediate needs of battlefield.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“To have the power that only strategy can bring, you must be able to elevate yourself above the battlefield, to focus on your long-term objective, to craft an entire campaign, to get out of the reaction mode that so many battles in life lock you into. Keeping your overall goals in mind, it becomes much easier to decide when to fight and when to walk away.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“You must declare unceasing war on yourself. As a warrior in life, you welcome combat and conflict as ways to prove yourself, to better your skills, to gain courage, confidence and experience.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“Strategy is an art that requires not only a different way of thinking but an entirely different approach to life itself.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


“Events in life mean nothing if you do not reflect on them in a deep way and ideas from books are pointless if they have no application to life as you live it. In strategy all of life is a game that you are playing. This game is exciting but also requires deep and serious attention. The stakes are is high. What you know must translate into knowledge.” ~~ Robert Greene (Book: The 33 Strategies of War)


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