It is in the interest of the weak to design societies that encumber the strong.
The essential difference between the terrorist and the noble conqueror is the quality of the army
Justice is elegant revenge. And revenge is justice for those who cannot afford elegance.
The most effective way to make a threat is to present it as a secret plan to those you know to be untrustworthy. This adds credibility and deniability.
Avoid any attempts to persuade an adversary that she is wrong. No matter what she has done, no matter how offensive you find it, you must remember she believes that it is justified. Her response to attempts to show her that she is wrong will only reinforce her position.
Apologize only if you are certain it will achieve some goal, it will rarely bring you respect or affection. Similarly, whenever possible, avoid justifying your actions; your justifications will be perceived as apologies.
Make your reactions unpredictable. Overreact by design, respond to a slight with kindness, the next time with rage. Unpredictability contributes to strength. Being predictable is the first step on the path to exploitation. Never assume you have been forgiven
The psychological profiles of the most effective law enforcers are generally similar to those of the most successful law breakers.
The need to be liked is a self-reinforcing addiction. Make yourself likeable when necessary, but beware the illusory emotional rewards from those yielding to your charm. All ethical and moral values are arbitrary artifacts from the cultures that set them forth. All political and military greatness is derived from ignoring them. Avoid hurting anyone, but if necessary do it so severely that they will not be willing or able to retaliate.
Either Be Diplomatic or Be Devastating. Your adversaries will avenge minor slights. So never leave them in a position to want to, or be able to, do so. Surgeon
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