Summary of The 48 Laws of Power

Robert Greene

  1. Law 1 Never Outshine The Master
  2. Law 2 Never Put Too Much Trust In Friends, Learn How To Use Enemies
  3. Law 3 Conceal Your Intentions
  4. Law 4 Always Say Less Than Necessary
  5. Law 5 So Much Depends On Reputation—Guard It With Your Life
  6. Law 6 Court Attention At All Cost
  7. Law 7 Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit
  8. Law 8 Make Other People Come To You—Use Bait If Necessary
  9. Law 9 Win Through Your Actions, Never Through Argument
  10. Law 10 Infection: Avoid The Unhappy And Unlucky
  11. Law 11 Learn To Keep People Dependent On You
  12. Law 12 Use Selective Honesty And Generosity To Disarm Your Victim
  13. Law 13 When Asking For Help, Appeal To People’S Self-Interest, Never To Their ...
  14. Law 14 Pose As A Friend, Work As A Spy
  15. Law 15 Crush Your Enemy Totally
  16. Law 16 Use Absence To Increase Respect And Honor
  17. Law 17 Keep Others In Suspended Terror: Cultivate An Air Of Unpredictability
  18. Law 18 Do Not Build Fortresses To Protect Yourself—Isolation Is Dangerous
  19. Law 19 Know Who You’Re Dealing With—Do Not Offend The Wrong Person
  20. Law 20 Do Not Commit To Anyone
  21. Law 21 Play A Sucker To Catch A Sucker—Seem Dumber Than Your Mark
  22. Law 22 Use The Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness Into Power
  23. Law 23 Concentrate Your Forces
  24. Law 24 Play The Perfect Courtier
  25. Law 25 Re-Create Yourself
  26. Law 26 Keep Your Hands Clean
  27. Law 27 Play On People’S Need To Believe To Create A Cultlike Following
  28. Law 28 Enter Action With Boldness
  29. Law 29 Plan All The Way To The End
  30. Law 30 Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
  31. Law 31 Control The Options: Get Others To Play With The Cards You Deal
  32. Law 32 Play To People’S Fantasies
  33. Law 33 Discover Each Man’S Thumbscrew
  34. Law 34 Be Royal In Your Own Fashion: Act Like A King To Be Treated Like One
  35. Law 35 Master The Art Of Timing
  36. Law 36 Disdain Things You Cannot Have: Ignoring Them Is The Best Revenge
  37. Law 37 Create Compelling Spectacles
  38. Law 38 Think As You Like But Behave Like Others
  39. Law 39 Stir Up Waters To Catch Fish
  40. Law 40 Despise The Free Lunch
  41. Law 41 Avoid Stepping Into A Great Man’S Shoes
  42. Law 42 Strike The Shepherd And The Sheep Will Scatter
  43. Law 43 Work On The Hearts And Minds Of Others
  44. Law 44 Disarm And Infuriate With The Mirror Effect
  45. Law 45 Preach The Need For Change, But Never Reform Too Much At Once
  46. Law 46 Never Appear Too Perfect
  47. Law 47 Do Not Go Past The Mark You Aimed For; In Victory, Learn When To Stop
  48. Law 48 Assume Formlessness