The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 34

Law Thirty-Four: Be Royal in Your Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one


People are usually treated according to how they conduct themselves. Where a person appears common or vulgar, there is a chance that others may disrespect him (Greene 282). A king respects himself and enables other people to develop deep respect towards him. Where a person acts confident and regal of his powers, he obtains the right to put on a crown of leadership. The act of behaving like a king stems from practice. A person needs to constantly practice on how he may wish other people to view him.  A story is told of Paris in 1839 where a revolution ensued that led to King Charles X abdicating the office (Greene 283). A new ruler known as Louis~Philippe came in. He retained a brutal force over the people in a bid to protect his wealth. People, therefore, surrounded the palace and ousted him, realizing his love for money.

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