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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Bullock

The 48 Laws of Power

“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.”

The book dives into the power dynamics and the darker motives of human psychology, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and others.


1. Say less than necessary. Powerful people impress and intimidate by talking little. You don’t learn anything new by talking. Let people fill the voids and they’ll reveal more about themselves.

2. Win through action, never through argument. When you “win” an argument you rarely really convince anyone but you will breed resentment.

3. Avoid the unhappy and unlucky. Emotional states are contagious, be them positive or negatives.

READ IF: You are bored of the vanilla self-help books, and are interested in reading something different to better understand human nature.


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