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The Pivotal Guide to Robert Greene's Celebrated Book

The 48 Laws of Power

Pivotal Points

Pivotal Point Papers


Pivotal Point Papers

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Summary of the 48 Laws of Power

Never outshine the master

Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies

Conceal your intentions

Always say less than necessary

So much depends on reputation

Court attention at all cost

Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit

Make other people come to you

Win through your actions, never through argument


Learn to keep people dependant on you

Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim

When asking for help, appeal to people’s self-interest, never to their mercy or gratitude

Pose as a friend, work as a spy

Crush your enemy totally

Use absence to increase respect and honor

Keep others in suspended terror

Do not build fortresses to protect yourself

Know who you’re dealing with

Do not commit to anyone

Play a sucker to catch a sucker

Use the surrender tactic

Concentrate your forces

Play the perfect courtier

Re-create yourself

Keep your hands clean

Play on people’s need to believe to create a cult-like following

Enter action with boldness

Plan all the way to the end

Make your accomplishments seem effortless

Control the options

Play to people’s fantasies

Discover each man’s thumbscrew

Be royal in your own fashion

Master the art of timing

Disdain things you cannot have

Create compelling spectacles

Think as you like but behave like others

Stir up waters to catch fish