The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 39

Law Thirty-Nine: Stir Up Waters to Catch Fish


Emotions and anger are counterproductive. They have a chance to reduce efficiency and cautiousness of a person. People normally need to be objective and calm (Greene 325). The situation accords them the chance to think through the different situations they face with extremely keen. Where a person can remain calm and make his enemies angry, he has the power to outwit them. The virtue, thus, lies in establishing some of the elements that make them get angry. In early 1809, Napoleon had received information that his foreign minister, Talleyrand had conspired against him. He went back to the palace and started rumbling (Greene 326). The younger subjects, afraid of being accused of treason, gave him all information regarding the plans that were underway to oust him, which made him take action against Talleyrand

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