Law 48: Assume Formlessness

The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack. Instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move. Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed. The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes.

Vocabulary Help

  • take a shape - assumir uma forma
  • instead - ao invés de
  • grasp - agarrar
  • on the move - sempre em movimento
  • law - lei
  • way - maneira, forma
  • formless - sem forma
  • bet - apostar
  • lasting order - order duradoura


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