48 Laws Of Power

Robert Green

This was indeed one of the most fun and interesting reads. Even though, some of the laws contradict each other; these are not be taken as laws in the pure mathematical sense, but rather as compelling ancetodes from history labeled shortly as laws. Robert Green did a great job covering collecting relevant one for each law, sometimes mutliples.

Actual Laws in Order Unabridged

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: Create an Air of Mystery.


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.


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.


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.


Law 32: Play to People’s Fantasies.


Law 33: Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew.


Law 34: Be Royal in Your Own Fashion.


Law 35: Master the Art of Timing.


Law 36: Disdain Things You Cannot Have.


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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