Summary of The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Rizvan Saatov
2 min readFeb 13

“The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene is a bestselling book that explores the strategies and tactics used by powerful individuals throughout history to gain and maintain power. The book is divided into 48 chapters, each of which focuses on a specific law. Here is a brief summary of each of the laws:

  1. Never outshine the master
  2. Never put too much trust in friends, and learn how to use enemies
  3. Conceal your intentions
  4. Always say less than necessary
  5. So much depends on reputation — guard it with your life
  6. Court attention at all costs
  7. Get others to do the work for you, but always take credit for it
  8. Make other people come to you — use bait if necessary
  9. Win through your actions, never through argument
  10. Infection: avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes
  11. Learn to keep people dependent on you
  12. Do not build fortresses to protect yourself — isolation is dangerous
  13. Play to people’s fantasies
  14. Pose as a friend, work as a spy
  15. Crush your enemy totally
  16. Use absence to increase respect and honor
  17. Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability
  18. Do not build extensions of yourself
  19. Think as you like but behave like others
  20. Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop
  21. Play a sucker to catch a sucker — seem dumber than your mark
  22. Do not compromise with your own inner self
  23. Concentrate your forces
  24. Play the perfect courtier
  25. Re-create yourself
  26. Keep your hands clean
  27. Play on people’s need to believe to create a cult-like following
  28. Enter action with boldness
  29. Plan all the way to the end
  30. Make your accomplishments seem effortless
  31. Control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal
  32. Play to people’s vanity
  33. Discover each man’s thumbscrew
  34. Be royal in your own…
Rizvan Saatov

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