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48 Laws of Power
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Stir up waters to catch fish.
Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power.
Be royal in your fashion: act like a king to be treated like one.
So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
Win through your actions, never through argument.
Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop.
Always say less than necessary.
When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.
Pose as a friend, work as a spy.
Never outshine the master.
Do not commit to anyone.
Play the perfect courtier.
Think as you like but behave like others.
Be royal in your fashion: act like a king to be treated like one.
Plan all the way to the end.
Concentrate your forces.
Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.
Win through your actions, never through argument.
Play on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following.
Master the art of timing.
Create compelling spectacles.
Always say less than necessary.
When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.
Make other people come to you; use bait if necessary.
Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies.
Do not build fortresses to protect yourself. Isolation is dangerous.
Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.
So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
Play the perfect courtier.
Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge.
Always say less than necessary.
Create compelling spectacles.
Make other people come to you; use bait if necessary.
Never outshine the master.
Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.
Play on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following.
Plan all the way to the end.
Use absence to increase respect and honor.
Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.
Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge.
Play the perfect courtier.
Do not commit to anyone.