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48 Laws of Power Cheat Sheet
Law 1: Never outshine the master
∙ Make those above you feel superior. Do not show your talents too much, it’ll make them insecure. ∙ Make the master appear more brilliant than they are.
Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends, learn to use enemies ∙ Friends will quickly betray you.
∙ Hire former enemies, they’ll be loyal.
Law 3: Conceal your intentions
∙ Keep people offbalance. They cannot prepare if they don’t know. Guide them down the wrong path.
Law 4: Always say less than necessary
∙ When trying to impress, the more you say the more common you look and less in control. ∙ Be vague.
∙ Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.
Law 5: So much depends on reputation guard it with your life ∙ Reputation is the cornerstone of power. ∙ Reputation alone will make you win.
∙ Destroy enemies by attacking their reputation. Then stand aside and let the public hang them.
Law 6: Court attention at all cost
∙ Everything is judged by appearance, what is unseen counts for nothing. ∙ Never get lost in a crowd.
∙ Be mysterious, appear more colorful than the masses.
Law 7: Let others to do the work for you, but always take credit ∙ Use the skills of others to do the work for you, never do yourself what others can do for you. ∙ Your efficiency will appear godlike.
Law 8: Make other people come to you use bait if necessary ∙ When you force others to act, you’re in control. ∙ Make opponents come to you.
∙ Lure with gains, then attack.
Law 9: Win through your actions, never through argument ∙ You never win through argument.
∙ The resentment last long.
∙ It’s more powerful to agree with actions.
∙ Demonstrate, do not explain.
Law 10: Infection: Avoid the unhappy and the unlucky ∙ You’ll die from other’s misery emotional states are as infectious as diseases. ∙ The unfortunate draw misfortune on themselves and will draw it on you. ∙ Associate with the happy and fortunate.
Law 11: Learn to keep people dependent on you
∙ To maintain independence you must be needed and wanted. ∙ The more you’re relied on, the more freedom you have. ∙ Make people depend on you for happiness. ∙ Never teach them enough so they can do without you.
Law 12: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim ∙ One sincere move will cover over a dozen dishonest ones. ∙ Honesty can bring down the guard of suspicious people. ∙ Open their shield with honesty, then deceive.
Law 13: When asking for help, appeal to people’s selfinterest, never to their mercy ∙ Do not remind people of past deeds.
∙ Find something that will benefit them and emphasize it out of proportion.
Law 14: Pose as a friend, work as a spy
∙ Learn to probe and find valuable information. ∙ Ask indirect questions.
∙ Every occasion is a chance to spy.
Law 15: Crush your enemy totally.
∙ More is lost through stopping halfway. ∙ Crush your enemy in body and spirit.
Law 16: Use absence to increase respect and honor
∙ Too much circulation makes the price go down. ∙ If you’re already established in a group, temporarily withdraw to make people talk. ∙ Create value through scarcity.
Law 17: Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability ∙ Being predictable gives control to others. ...
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