Greene, Robert. The 48 Laws of Power / Robert Greene, 2009

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  • Law 1–never outshine the master
  • Law 2–never put to 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 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 are 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–re-create 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 other 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
  • Selected bibliography