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Law 10: Infection: Avoid The Unhappy and Unlucky

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You can die from someone else’s mistery — emotional states are as infectious as diseases. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.

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Keys To Power

  • Those misfortunate who have been brought down by circumstances beyond their control deserve all the help and sympathy we can give them.
  • But there are others who are not born to misfortune or unhappiness, but who draw it upon themselves by their destructive actions and unsettling effect on others.
  • It would be a great thing if we could raise them up, change their patterns but more often than not it is their patterns that end up getting inside and changing us.
  • In the game of power, the people you associate with are critical.
  • The risk of associating with infectors is that you will waste valuable time and energy trying to free yourself.
  • One of the most insidious infectors is the suffering from chronic dissatisfaction (or the jealous, complaining type.)
  • There is only one solution to infection: quarantine. Do not take pity, do not enmesh yourself in trying to help.
  • Positive qualities can infect us. Associate with people who attract happiness to themselves.


  • There is no reversal. The application is universal. Ignore this law at your peril.


Lola Montez brought down the King of Bavaria and his whole kingdom by seducing him. Her lust for destruction and chaos was insatiable. Countless lives perished, because of her nature. Cut off the firestarters. Try to help them instead and you too will burn alongside them.

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The 48 Laws of Power (1998) is a non-fiction book by American author Robert Greene. The book is a bestseller, selling over 1.2 million copies in the United States.

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