The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 46

Law Forty-Six: Never Appear Too Perfect


Greene details that people need to avoid looking better than others. The situation is normally dangerous upon them. It bears a chance of making other people develop some level of enmity against them (Greene 400). A person, thus, needs to avoid a situation where he appears to seem as if he does not have any faults or any form of weakness. The situation makes him amass silent enemies. A person needs to show others that he has some defects smartly. Thus, many people are likely to approach the individual. An instance is provided by Joe Orton in 1953, who was a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He met a classmate, known as Kenneth Halliwell (Greene 401). Orton was envious of Halliwell as the latter appeared to be more outstanding. The case is revealed in the information detailed in Orton’s diary. He was, thus, bitter of the success that Halliwell had attained in music.

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