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“When our emotions are engaged, we often have trouble seeing things as they are.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“People are more complicated than the masks they wear in society.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Her seductive power, however, did not lie in her looks [...]. In reality, Cleopatra was physically unexceptional and had no political power, yet both Caesar and Antony, brave and clever men, saw none of this. What they saw was a woman who constantly transformed herself before their eyes, a one-woman spectacle.

Her dress and makeup changed from day to day, but always gave her a heightened, goddesslike appearance. Her words could be banal enough, but were spoken so sweetly that listeners would find themselves remembering not what she said but how she said it.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“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.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Sadness of any sort is also seductive, particularly if it seems deep-rooted, even spiritual, rather than needy or pathetic—it makes people come to you.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“There is too little mystery in the world; too many people say exactly what they feel or want.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“The key to such power is ambiguity. 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.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“The Shadow. It cannot be grasped. Chase your shadow and it will, flee; turn your back on it and it will follow you. It is also a person’s dark side, the thing that makes them mysterious. After they have given us pleasure, the shadow of their withdrawal makes us yearn for their return, much as clouds make us yearn for the sun.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“if no resistances or obstacles face you, you must create them. No seduction can proceed without them.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Religion humanizes this universe, makes us feel important and loved. We are not animals governed by uncontrollable drives, animals that die for no apparent reason, but creatures made in the image of supreme being”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Religion is the great balm of existence because it takes us outside ourselves, connects us to something larger”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“A man grows bored with a woman, no matter how beautiful; he yearns for different pleasures, and for adventure.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Your greatest power in seduction is your ability to turn away, to make others come after you, delaying their satisfaction.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“I give my mind the liberty to follow the first wise or foolish idea that presents itself,”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“According to Freud (who was speaking from experience, since he was his mother’s darling), spoiled children have a confidence that stays with them all their lives.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Try to persuade a person by appealing to their consciousness, by saying outright what you want, by showing all your cards, and what hope do you have? You are just one more irritation to be tuned out.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“The vast majority of people conform to whatever is normal for the time.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“At certain points in history it may be fashionable to be different and rebellious, but if a lot of people are playing that role, there is nothing different or rebellious about it.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Perhaps you are not trying to whip a crowd into a frenzy; you just want to bring people over to your side. Choose your strategy and words carefully. You might think it is better to reason with people, explain your ideas. But it is hard for an audience to decide whether an argument is reasonable as they listen to you talk. They have to concentrate and listen closely, which requires great effort. People are easily distracted by other stimuli, and if they miss a part of your argument, they will feel confused, intellectually inferior, and vaguely insecure. It is more persuasive to appeal to people’s hearts than their heads. Everyone shares emotions, and no one feels inferior to a speaker who stirs up their feelings. The crowd bonds together, everyone contagiously experiencing the same emotions.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Seduction is a game of psychology, not beauty, and it is within the grasp of any person to become a master at the game. All that is required is that you look at the world”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“If everything in a dream were realistic, it would have no power over us; if everything were unreal, we would feel less involved in its pleasures and fears. Its fusion of the two is what makes it haunting.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Most of us live in a semi-somnambulistic state: we do our daily tasks and the days fly by. The two exceptions to this are childhood and those moments when we are in love. In both cases, our emotions are more engaged, more open and active. And we equate feeling emotional with feeling more alive.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love. —NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Men do not understand how women think, and vice versa; each tries to make the other act more like a member of their own sex.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“This is a young country,” Kennedy went on, his voice getting louder, “founded by young men . . . and still young in heart. . . . The world is changing, the old ways will not do. . . . It is time for a new generation of leadership to cope with new problems and new opportunities.” Even Kennedy’s enemies agreed that his speech that day was stirring. He turned Truman’s challenge around: the issue was not his inexperience but the older generation’s monopoly on power.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“A seduction should never settle into a comfortable routine. The middle and later chapters will instruct you in the art of alternating hope and despair, pleasure and pain, until your victims weaken and succumb.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“PSYCHOLOGY OF LOVE, TRANSLATED BY JOAN RIVIÈRE”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“According to Freud, seduction begins early in life, in our relationship with our parents. They seduce us physically, both with bodily contact and by satisfying desires such as hunger, and we in turn try to seduce them into paying us attention. We are creatures by nature vulnerable to seduction throughout our lives.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction
“Un día, al ensayar una escena de El jardín de los cerezos, su maestro de actuación, Michael Chekhov, le preguntó: “¿Pensabas en sexo mientras hicimos esta escena?”. Ella contestó que no, y él continuó: “En toda la escena no dejé de recibir vibraciones sexuales de ti. Como si fueras una mujer en las garras de la pasión. […] Ahora entiendo tu problema con tu estudio, Marilyn. Eres una mujer que emite vibraciones sexuales, hagas o pienses lo que sea.”
Robert Greene, el arte de la seducción

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