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48 Laws of Power
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Play on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following.
Play to people's fantasies.
Infection: avoid the unhappy and unlucky.
Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge.
So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
Never outshine the master.
Learn to keep people dependent on you.
Create compelling spectacles.
Do not commit to anyone.
Court attention at all costs.
Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.
Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once.
When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.
Pose as a friend, work as a spy.
Concentrate your forces.
Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.
Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop.
Make your accomplishments seem effortless.
Do not commit to anyone.
Play the perfect courtier.
Crush your enemy totally.
Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability.
Know who you're dealing with; do not offend the wrong person.
Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.
Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.
Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.
Stir up waters to catch fish.
Win through your actions, never through argument.
Think as you like but behave like others.
Enter action with boldness.
Always say less than necessary.
Create compelling spectacles.
Learn to keep people dependent on you.
Play the perfect courtier.
Crush your enemy totally.
Concentrate your forces.
So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
Win through your actions, never through argument.
Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability.
Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
Play to people's fantasies.
Conceal your intentions.
Do not commit to anyone.
Enter action with boldness.
Plan all the way to the end.
Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies.