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48 Laws of Power
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So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
Work on the hearts and minds of others.
Make other people come to you; use bait if necessary.
Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop.
Control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal.
Stir up waters to catch fish.
Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.
Crush your enemy totally.
Make your accomplishments seem effortless.
Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability.
Play a sucker to catch a sucker: play dumber than your mark.
When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.
Court attention at all costs.
Never outshine the master.
Enter action with boldness.
Always say less than necessary.
Discover each man's thumbscrew.
Create compelling spectacles.
Plan all the way to the end.
Make other people come to you; use bait if necessary.
Pose as a friend, work as a spy.
Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power.
Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge.
Court attention at all costs.
Play a sucker to catch a sucker: play dumber than your mark.
Make your accomplishments seem effortless.
Play the perfect courtier.
Concentrate your forces.
So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
Stir up waters to catch fish.
Be royal in your fashion: act like a king to be treated like one.
Never outshine the master.
Always say less than necessary.
When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.
Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.
Despise the free lunch.
Make other people come to you; use bait if necessary.
Make your accomplishments seem effortless.
Master the art of timing.
Work on the hearts and minds of others.
Discover each man's thumbscrew.
Think as you like but behave like others.
Avoid stepping into a great man's shoes.
Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability.
Learn to keep people dependent on you.