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The 48 Laws of Power

  1. Never Outshine the Master

  2. Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How 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 Costs

  7. Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit

  8. Make Other People Come To You — Use Bait If Necessary

  9. Win Through Your Actions, Never Through An 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 Their Mercy or Gratitude

  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 are 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 — Turn 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 Options: 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 and be Treated Like One

  35. Master the Art of Timing

  36. Disdain Things You Cannot Have: Ignoring Them is 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 Sheperd 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, Learn When to Stop

  48. Assume Formlessness

From a book by a guy named Robert Greene. I sense an urge to get in touch with my Machiavellian side. 😀

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