Robert Greene, Joost Elffers, 48 Laws of Power Robert Greene & Joost Elffers
The 48 Laws of Power
Viking Penguin, ISBN: 0670881465, 452 pages

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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 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: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 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

Warning: The authors caution Reversals of these Laws in certain cases. Of the 48 Laws,
only seven are irreversible— Law #5, 10, 19, 25, 35, 37, 43. These are marked with *.

Advice from
Ponder on spiritual laws (Golden Rule, Karma, Prayer) that supercede all of the above.

Recommended Reading:
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Compensation (1841)
Henry David Thoreau, Higher Laws, Chapter XI from Walden (1854)
Doing Well and Doing Good [Jeffrey B. Swartz's Timberland]
(By Christopher Marquis, New York Times, July 13, 2003)

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