Greene says: "There is no use in trying to opt out of the game, instead of struggling against the inevitable, instead of arguing and whining and feeling guilty, it is far better to excel at power."
Top 10 most popular The 48 Laws of Power quotes, the most important laws, or rather principles to consider.
Never take your position for granted and never let any favors you receive go to your head.
Half of your mastery of power comes from what you do not do, what you do not allow yourself to get dragged into.
The most important of these skills, and power’s crucial foundation, is the ability to master your emotions. An emotional response to a situation is the single greatest barrier to power, a mistake that will cost you a lot more than any temporary satisfaction you might gain by expressing your feelings. Emotions cloud reason, and if you cannot see the situation clearly, you cannot prepare for and respond to it with any degree of control.
All working situations require a kind of distance between people. You are trying to work, not make friends; friendliness (real or false) only obscures that fact. The key to power, then, is the ability to judge who is best able to further your interests in all situations. Keep friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.
Learn the lesson - once the words are out, you cannot take them back. Keep them under control. Be particularly careful with sarcasm - the momentary satisfaction you gain with your biting words will be outweighed by the price you pay.
In most areas of life, the less you say, the more profound and mysterious you appear.
If deception is the most potent weapon in your arsenal, then patience in all things is your crucial shield.
Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others - that is too high a price to pay.
By saying less than necessary you create the appearance of meaning and power. Also, the less you say, the less risk you run of saying something foolish, even dangerous.
Seem to want something in which you are actually not at all interested and your enemies will be thrown off the scent, making all kinds of errors in their calculations.
Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity.