The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 10

Law Ten: Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky


A person has a chance of dying from the misery of other people. The emotions of other people are highly infectious and may touch on the outcome of whom a person is. A person may have a feeling that he is helping the one in misery (Greene 76). However, it is only a matter of time before he becomes downed by such form of misery himself. People who are in misery are likely to draw misery upon themselves. Within time, they are likely to draw another person to it. A person, therefore, needs to associate with those who are fortunate and happy, instead. Lola Montez, an unlucky, woman in dancing, moved to Paris. She did not attain success in dancing and was acquainted with Alexandre Du-jaxier, who was a successful owner of a newspaper (Greene 77). While the fortunes of Lola began to increase, the ones for Alexandre Du-jax started to dwindle. His promising life was ended by death in a shooting due, despite him being an excellent shooter.

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