The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Robert Greene’s, very first book The 48 Laws of Power, was an instant hit among the readers; over 1.2 million copies were sold in the United States alone. So, what are those laws of power that Greene talks about in his bestseller? Well, here they are:

laws of power

  1. Never outshine the master
  2. Never put too much trust in friends, learn to use enemies
  3. Conceal your intentions
  4. Always say less than necessary
  5. So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life
  6. Court attention at all cost
  7. Let others to do the work for you, but always take credit
  8. Make other people come to you – use bait if necessary
  9. Win through your actions, never through argument
  10. Infection: Avoid the unhappy and the unlucky
  11. Learn to keep people dependent on you
  12. Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim
  13. When asking for help, appeal to people’s self-interest, never to their mercy
  14. Pose as a friend, work as a spy
  15. Crush your enemy totally.
  16. Use absence to increase respect and honor
  17. Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability
  18. Do not build fortresses to protect yourself – isolation is dangerous
  19. Know who you’re dealing with – do not offend the wrong person
  20. Do not commit to anyone
  21. Play a sucker to catch a sucker- seem dumber than your mark
  22. Use the surrender tactic: transformer weakness into power
  23. Concentrate your forces
  24. Play the perfect courtier
  25. Re-create yourself
  26. Keep your hands clean
  27. Play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following
  28. Enter action with boldness
  29. Plan all the way to the end
  30. Make your accomplishments seem effortless
  31. Control the opinions: get others to play with the cards you deal
  32. Play to people’s fantasies
  33. Discover each man’s thumbscrew
  34. Be royal in your own fashion: act like a king to be treated like one
  35. Master the art of timing
  36. Disdain things you cannot have: ignoring them if the best revenge
  37. Create compelling spectacles
  38. Think as you like but behave like others
  39. Stir up waters to catch fish
  40. Despise the free lunch
  41. Avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes
  42. Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter
  43. Work on the hearts and minds of others
  44. Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect
  45. Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once
  46. Never appear too perfect
  47. Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory know when to stop
  48. Assume formlessness