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The 48 Laws of Power

 Author: Robert Greene  Category: Personal Development  Published: January 1, 1998  Language: English  File Size: 30.9 MB  Tags: BusinessHistoryLeadershipNonfictionPersonal DevelopmentPoliticsself help |  Download PDF


The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene describes strategies and tactics that people have used throughout history to gain and maintain power. While some of the laws may be controversial or unethical, the book provides valuable insights into how power dynamics work and how people can navigate them.

Famous Quotes:

Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.

Do not leave your reputation to chance or gossip; it is your life’s artwork, and you must craft it, hone it, and display it with the care of an artist.

Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think.

…But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will tun wild and cause you grief.

Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay.

Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.

There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous.

Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.

Person who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself, and is unworthy of respect.

For the future, the motto is, “No days unalert.

Despise The Free Lunch.

Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated.

When you meet a swordsman, draw your sword: Do not recite poetry to one who is not a poet.

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?

Friendship and love blind every man to their interests.

Never be distracted by people’s glamorous portraits of themselves and their lives; search and dig for what really imprisons them.

He who poses as a fool is not a fool.

The human tongue is a beast that few can master.

Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others’ experience.

If, for example, you are miserly by nature, you will never go beyond a certain limit; only generous souls attain greatness.

Power is a game, and in games you do not judge your opponents by their intentions but by the effects of their actions.

Do not wait for a coronation; the greatest emperors crown themselves.