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10 Best Quotes From "The 48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene


The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

The 48 Laws of Power is a practical, readable guide for anyone who wants power, watches power, or want to arm themselves against power. Written by Robert Greene and produced and designed by Joost Elffers, the renowned packager of The Secret Language of Birthdays, The 48 Laws of Power will be known as the essential--and controversial--guide to modern manipulation. In a bold and elegant two-color package, The 48 Laws of Power synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Suntzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz, with the historical legacies of statesmen, warriors, seducers, and con men throughout the ages. Using the stories of such figures as Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, and P. T. Barnum, the Laws are illustrated through the tactics, triumphs, and failures of those who have wielded-- and those who have been victimized by--Power.


  1. “When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity... you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others”

  2. "Never take your position for granted and never let any favors you receive go to your head."

  3. “If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.”

  4. “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.”

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

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

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

  8. "Never discriminate as to whom you study and whom you trust. Never trust anyone completely and study everyone, including friends and loved ones."

  9. "When it comes to power, outshining the master is perhaps the worst mistake of all."

  10. "Win through your actions, never through argument."