Thursday, January 17, 2013

The 48 Laws of Power

This book by Robert Greene doesn’t exactly say so, but is a modern restatement of Gracian’s aphorisms with the addition of historical examples to show the consequences of transgression of each law and its of its observance.  For example, 1. Never Outshine the Master…now that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  Anyway, he does cite Gracian for his political subtlety.

Other laws springing from the ones I used as examples from Gracian are:

4. Always Say Less Than Necessary
5. So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard It With Your Life
7.  Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit
8.  Make Other People Come To You – Use Bait If Necessary
11. Learn To Keep People Dependent On You.
16. Use Absence To Increase Respect And Honor
46. Never Appear Too Perfect

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