The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green – Ultimate List & Review
Law 1: Never outshine the master
Make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your urge to please and impress them, never go too far in displaying your talents. Alternatively, you might inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters and mentors appear more ingenious than they are and you will achieve the heights of power.
“The Stars in the Sky. There can be only one sun at a time. Never obscure the sunlight, or rival the sun’s brilliance; rather, fade into the sky and find ways to heighten the master star’s intensity.”
Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies
Be cautious of friends as they may quickly betray you because they are easily aroused to envy. They also tend to become spoiled and tyrannical. Hire a former enemy, and he will be more loyal than friends as he has more to prove. Fear your friends more than your enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.