48 Laws of Power

The First 48…

Use with caution, Apply Sparingly, Do not spark global genocide

(So what exactly were these laws used to do?)

(And more importantly, who is using these laws on you?)

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

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



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