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The 48 Laws of Power | Robert Greene





48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene




Law 1: Never outshine the master


Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies


Law 3: Conceal your intentions


Law 4: Always say less than necessary


Law 5: So much depends on reputation—guard it with your life


Law 6: Court attention at all cost


Law 7: Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit


Law 8: Make other people come to you—use bait if necessary


Law 9: Win through your actions, never through an argument


Law 10: Infection: Avoid the unhappy and unlucky


Law 11: Learn to keep people dependent on you


Law 12: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim


Law 13: When asking for help, appeal to people’s self-interest, never to their mercy or gratitude


Law 14: Pose as a friend, work as a spy


Law 15: Crush your enemy totally


Law 16: Use absence to increase respect and honor


Law 17: Keep others in suspended terror: Cultivate an air of unpredictability


Law 18: Do not build fortresses to protect yourself—isolation is dangerous


Law 19: Know who you’re dealing with—do not offend the wrong person


Law 20: Do not commit to anyone


Law 21: Play a sucker to catch a sucker—seem dumber than your mark


Law 22: Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power


Law 23: Concentrate your forces


Law 24: Play the perfect courtier


Law 25: Recreate yourself


Law 26: Keep your hands clean


Law 27: Play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following


Law 28: Enter action with boldness


Law 29: Plan all the way to the end


Law 30: Make your accomplishments seem effortless


Law 31: Control the options: Get others to play with the cards you deal


Law 32: Play to people’s fantasies


Law 33: Discover each man’s thumbscrew


Law 34: Be royal in your own fashion: Act like a king to be treated like one


Law 35: Master the art of timing


Law 36: Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge


Law 37: Create compelling spectacles


Law 38: Think as you like but behave like others


Law 39: Stir up waters to catch fish


Law 40: Despise the free lunch


Law 41: Avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes


Law 42: Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter


Law 43: Work on the hearts and minds of others


Law 44: Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect


Law 45: Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once


Law 46: Never appear too perfect


Law 47: Do not go past the mark you aimed for: In victory, learn when to stop


Law 48: Assume formlessness







 

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