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48 Laws of Power
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Always say less than necessary.
Enter action with boldness.
Avoid stepping into a great man's shoes.
Court attention at all costs.
Crush your enemy totally.
Work on the hearts and minds of others.
Infection: avoid the unhappy and unlucky.
Play to people's fantasies.
Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge.
So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
Plan all the way to the end.
Make your accomplishments seem effortless.
Play a sucker to catch a sucker: play dumber than your mark.
Play on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following.
When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.
Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power.
Despise the free lunch.
Create compelling spectacles.
Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once.
Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge.
Win through your actions, never through argument.
Always say less than necessary.
Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop.
Discover each man's thumbscrew.
When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.
Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.
Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once.
Stir up waters to catch fish.
Learn to keep people dependent on you.
Pose as a friend, work as a spy.
Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability.
Plan all the way to the end.
Do not commit to anyone.
Conceal your intentions.
When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.
Play a sucker to catch a sucker: play dumber than your mark.
Enter action with boldness.
Despise the free lunch.
Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge.
Create compelling spectacles.
Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.
Be royal in your fashion: act like a king to be treated like one.
Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies.
So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
Play on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following.
Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
Stir up waters to catch fish.