The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers
Never Outshine the Master
Always make those above you feel comfortably superior.
In your desire to please or impress them, do not
go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity.
Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.
Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies
Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy.
become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he
has more to prove.
In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies.
If you have no enemies,
find a way to make them.
Conceal your Intentions
Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions.
If they have
no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense.
Guide them far enough down the wrong path,
envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.
Always Say Less than Necessary
When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and
the less in control.
Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague,
open-ended, and sphinxlike.
Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.
The more you say, the
more likely you are to say something foolish.
So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life
Reputation is the cornerstone of power.
Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you
slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides.
Make your reputation unassailable.
Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen.
Meanwhile, learn to destroy your
enemies by opening holes in their own reputations.
Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.
Court Attention at all Cost
Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing.
Never let yourself get lost in the
crowd, then, or buried in oblivion.
Be conspicuous, at all cost.
Make yourself a magnet of
attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.
Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit
Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause.
Not only will such
assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed.
end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered.
Never do yourself what others can do for