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48 Laws of Power
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Plan all the way to the end.
Discover each man's thumbscrew.
Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power.
Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies.
Never outshine the master.
Pose as a friend, work as a spy.
Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability.
Do not build fortresses to protect yourself. Isolation is dangerous.
Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.
Stir up waters to catch fish.
Think as you like but behave like others.
Court attention at all costs.
Play a sucker to catch a sucker: play dumber than your mark.
Play the perfect courtier.
Learn to keep people dependent on you.
Infection: avoid the unhappy and unlucky.
Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.
Make your accomplishments seem effortless.
Do not commit to anyone.
Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability.
Avoid stepping into a great man's shoes.
Play on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following.