The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 16

Law Sixteen: Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor


Where there is increased circulation of a given commodity, its piece normally goes down. Where a person is seen and heard from more, he becomes common, and thus, others are likely to treat him less seriously (Greene 115). Where a person belongs to a given group, he needs to take a temporary absence from it for some time. The situation will make the person being talked about more. There is value in scarcity, and the person is likely to be more respected. Guillaume de Balaun applied the law of absence where he maintained some distance with a young lady (Greene 116). The situation, therefore, made the lady attain a high level of respect and honor for him.

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