Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The 48 Laws of Power

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


  1. holyyyyyy!! cliffs? haha kidding i'm definitely going to give it a read when im in lecture (strong attention to school i know)

    good luck and keep up the good work


  2. Yeah it's very long but definitely worth the read!

  3. Oh my god, so much info. Sure got something to read now lol!

  4. read it. cant agree with law 40 but apart from that pure wisdom =)

  5. Yes, a very long read. This is one of those moments when bionic implants to help us memorize EVERYTHING wouldn't be so bad. Good info here.

  6. Loving on tht photo. i'm following, return the favor?

  7. That's a lot of info, but I'm gonna try to get through all of them!


  8. one of my favorite books you just have to know how to apply it to your life.

  9. motherofgod, the secrets to life!!


  10. haha i must of broken a fair few of those!

  11. It was quite a mess of tl;dr, but what I did read was quite viable.

    But I'd feel like such a dick to actually implement half of these.

  12. Hmm, I don't suppose there are equally long lists for wisdom and courage...

  13. ^^ Yeah, i'd guess not, shame.

    im following.

    My /blog

  14. Definately broke a few of these xD


  15. clever....

  16. I like that picture of Arnold. Lookin Alpha

  17. I read all of them. Very informative.

    I don't get Law 40 though:
    Despise the Free Lunch

    Everybody likes free lunch, no?

  18. The description of each law are on the given site, I figured it'd be too much text for a blog.

    @Shelby, nothing's free. Free comes with either something hidden or a trick

  19. i love that pic of arnie.

    supporting the blog.

  20. Love it.

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  22. That's a great list! Nice blog; following :)

  23. I like these.. some may seem "low" but IMO its stuff to live by >:3

  24. Law 20
    Do Not Commit to Anyone (ESPECIALLY women)

    law of each single man.

    need followers

  25. hahaha i love this one

    Law 7
    Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit


  26. new follower :D point i garnered from this, it's much too hard being human.

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