[List] The 48 Laws of Power | Quick Overview of the Laws in Robert Greene’s Best Seller

By Nate McCallister   
Last Updated on July 3, 2021

Although I disagree with a few things inside it, the book The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene is a fantastic read. 

Here are the 48 laws of power listed in order as they appear in the original book.

  • Law 1. Never Outshine the Master

  • Law 2. Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies

  • Law 3. Conceal Your Intentions

  • Law 4. Always Say Less Than Necessary

  • Law 5. So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard It With Your Life

  • Law 6. Court Attention at All Costs

  • Law 7. Get Others to Do the Work for You, but Always Take the Credit

  • Law 8. Make Other People Come to You – Use Bait if Necessary

  • Law 9. Win Through Your Actions, Never Through Argument

  • Law 10. Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and the Unlucky

  • Law 11. Learn to Keep People Dependent on You

  • Law 12. Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm Your Victim

  • Law 13. When Asking for Help, Appeal to the Self-interests of Others, Never to Their Mercy or Gratitude

  • Law 14. Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy

  • Law 15. Crush Your Enemy Totally

  • Law 16. Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor

  • Law 17. Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability

  • Law 18. Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous

  • Law 19. Know Who You’re Dealing With – Don’t Offend the Wrong Person

  • Law 20. Don’t Commit to Anyone

  • Law 21. Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Appear Dumber Than Your Mark

  • Law 22. Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness Into Power

  • Law 23. Concentrate Your Forces

  • Law 24. Play the Perfect Courtier

  • Law 25. Recreate Yourself

  • Law 26. Keep Your Hands Clean

  • Law 27. Create a Cult-like Following by Playing on People’s Need to Believe

  • Law 28. Enter Action With Boldness

  • Law 29. Plan All the Way to the End

  • Law 30. Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless

  • Law 31. Control the Options: Get Others to Play With the Cards You Deal

  • Law 32. Play Into People’s Fantasies

  • Law 33. Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew

  • Law 34. Be Royal in Your Own Fashion: Act Like a King to Be Treated Like One

  • Law 35. Master the Art of Timing

  • Law 36. Disdain Things You Cannot Have: Ignoring Them is the Best Revenge

  • Law 37. Create Compelling Spectacles

  • Law 38. Think as You Like, but Behave Like Others

  • Law 39. Stir Up Waters to Catch Fish

  • Law 40. Despise the Free Lunch

  • Law 41. Avoid Stepping Into a Great Man’s Shoes

  • Law 42. Strike the Shepherd, and the Sheep Will Scatter

  • Law 43. Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others

  • Law 44. Disarm and Infuriate With the Mirror Effect

  • Law 45. Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform Too Much at Once

  • Law 46. Never Appear Too Perfect

  • Law 47. Don’t Go Past the Mark You Aimed For: In Victory, Learn When to Stop

  • Law 48. Assume Formlessness

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02/07/2023 04:32 pm GMT

About the author, Nate McCallister

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com and the author of Evergreen Affiliate Marketing. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his four kids, Sawyer, Brooks, Van, and Lua, with his beautiful wife, Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics, and piano.

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