The 48 Laws of Power - Deepstash

Never outshine your master.

  • A master who cannot bestow on you the gifts of his experience may direct rancor and ill will at you instead

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The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene

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Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use your enemies

  • Friends are easily aroused to envy
  • Without enemies around us, we grow lazy. An enemy a...

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Conceal your intentions

  • By telling your plan and being honest about it makes you predictable
  • Bland facial expression is the simplest smoke screen to hide your thoughts
  • An...

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Always say less than necessary

  • The more you say, the more common you appear
  • "Human tongue is a beast that few can master"
  • Once the words are out, you cannot take them bac...

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So much depends on reputation, guard it with your life.

  • You must work to establish a reputation for one outstanding quality, whether generosity or honesty or cunning
  • If your rep...

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Court attention at all cost

  • At the beginning of your rise to the top, then, spend all your energy on attracting attention. Most important: The quality of the attention is irrelevant
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Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit

  • Kissinger played the game expertly: He took credit for the work of those below him while graciously giving credit for his ow...

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Law #8

Make other come to you use bait if neccessary

  • The essence of power is the ability to keep the initiative, to get others to react to your moves, to keep your opponent and those around you...

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Win through your actions, never through argument

  • Each man believes that he is right, and words will rarely convince him otherwise
  • Demonstrate, do not explicate

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Infection: avoid the unhappy and unlucky

  • Recognize the fortunate so that you may choose their company, and the unfortunate so that you may avoid them
  • Those misfortunates among us...

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Learn to keep people dependant on you

  • Such is the fate of those who do not make others dependent on them. Sooner or later someone come along who can do the job as well as them; someone y...

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Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim

  • Give before you take
  • A gift brings out the child in us, instantly lowering our defenses
  • Selective kindness will...

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When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interest, never to their mercy or gratitude

  • If you need to turn to an ally for help, do not bother to remind him of your past assistance and...

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Pose as a friend, work as a spy

  • If you have reason to suspect that a person is telling you a lie, look as though you believed every word he said. This will give him courage to go on; he ...

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Crush your enemy totally

  • Those who seek to achieve things should show no mercy
  • In your struggle for power you will stir up rivalries and create enemies. There will be people you ...

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Use absence to increase respect and honor

  • Familiarity in this existence makes all things tame
  • Absence diminishes minor passions and inflames great ones, as the wind douses a cand...

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Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability

  • A person of power instills a kind of fear by deliberately unsettling those around him to keep the initiative on his ...

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Do not build fortress to protect yourself, isolation is dangerous

  • Because humans are social creatures by nature, power depends on social interaction and circulation. To make yourself pow...

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Know who you're dealing with. Do not offend the wrong person

  • Never assume that the person you are dealing with is weaker or less important than you are
  • We forget a lot in our liv...

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Do not commit to anyone

  • Desire is like a virus: If we see that someone is desired by other people, we tend to find this person desirable too
  • Alcibiades tactic: Put yourself in th...

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Play a sucker to catch a sucker. Seem dumber than your mark

  • The feeling that someone else is more intelligent than we are is almost intolerable
  • We usually try to justify it in di...

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Use the surrender tactic: turn weakness into power

  • Surrender conceals great power: Lulling the enemy into complacency, it gives you time to recoup, time to undermine, time for revenge

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Concentrate your forces

  • Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them
  • Prize intensity more than extensity. Perfection resides in quality, not quantity

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Play the perfect courtier

  • Never seem to be working too hard. Your talent must appear to flow naturally, with an ease that makes people take you for a genius rather than a workaholic
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Recreate yourself

  • The world wants to assign you a role in life. And once you accept that role, you are doomed
  • Adopt the plasticity of the actor, who can mold his or her face to t...

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Keep your hands clean

  • By apologizing you open up all sorts of doubts about your competence, your intentions, any other mistakes you may not have confessed
  • Power depends on appear...

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Play on people need to believe to create a cult like following

  • Always in a rush to believe in something, we will manufacture saints and faiths out of nothing

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Enter action with boldness

  • Hesitation puts obstacles in your path, boldness eliminates them
  • If boldness is not natural, neither is timidity. It is an acquired habit, picked up ou...

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Plan all the way to the end

  • Most men are ruled by the heart, not the head. Their plans are vague, and when they meet obstacles they improvise
  • But improvisation will only bring yo...

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Make your accomplishments seem effortless

  • Keep your effort and your tricks to yourself and you seem to have the grace and ease of a god
  • What is understandable is not awe-inspirin...

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Control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal

  • unlimited options would actually paralyze us and cloud our ability to choose. Our limited range of choices comforts us

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Play to people's fantasies

  • People rarely believe that their problems arise from their own misdeeds and stupidity
  • Change is slow and gradual. It requires hard work, a bit of luck,...

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Discover each man's thumbscrew

  • If you sense that a man has a need to be loved, openly flatter him
  • People who thump their chests are often big cowards, you will often find people'...

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Be royal in your own fashion: act like a king to be treated like one

  • Never lose your self-respect, nor be too familiar with yourself when you are alone
  • It is within your power to...

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Master the art of timing

  • steady continuous effort is irresistible, for this is the way in which Time captures and subdues the greatest powers on earth
  • Without patience as your sw...

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Disdain things you cannot have: ignoring them is the best revenge

  • You choose to let things bother you. You can just as easily choose not to notice the irritating offender, to consider th...

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Create compelling spectacles

  • Find an image or symbol from the past that will neatly fit your situation, and put it on your shoulders like a cape. It will make you seem larger than life

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Think as you like but behave like others

  • Disagreement is regarded as offensive because it is a condemnation of the views of others
  • there is no point in making a display of your d...

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Stir up water to catch fish

  • To show your frustration is to show that you have lost your power to shape events; it is the helpless action of the child who resorts to a hysterical fit to g...

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Despise the free lunch

  • By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit
  • Powerful people judge everything by what it costs, not just in money but in time, dig...

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Avoid stepping into a great man's shoes

  • Power depends on appearing larger than other people, and when you are lost in the shadow of the father, the king, the great predecessor, you canno...

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Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter

  • Do not waste your time lashing out in all directions at what seems to be a many-headed enemy. Find the one head that matters
  • Stirre...

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Work on the hearts and minds of others

  • it is so infuriating to meet with a person who makes no effort to seduce you or attempt to persuade you, even if only for the purpose of deception

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Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect

  • Do what your enemies do, following their actions as best you can, and they cannot see what you are up to, they are blinded by your mirror
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Preach the need for change but never reform too much at once

  • Because the world is and always has been full of insecurity and threat, we latch on to familiar faces and create habits and r...

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Never appear too perfect

  • Only a minority can succeed at the game of life, and that minority inevitably arouses the envy of those around ...

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Do not go past the mark you aim for, In victory learn when to stop

  • In the realm of power, you must be guided by reason. To let a momentary thrill or an emotional victory influence or gui...

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Assume formlessness

  • Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed
  • Learn to move fast and adapt or you will be eaten.
  • Formlessness is a tool. Never confuse i...

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  • In pursuit of power, you must change who you are
  • Mediocrity doesn't attract power
  • Patience is key
  • Control your emotions
  • Be aware of your action...

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