Law 16: Use Absence To Increase Respect & Honor

The 48 Laws Of Power Summary Series

Alexander Emmanual Sandalis
11 min readNov 6, 2016


“Too much circulation makes the price go down: The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear. if you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity.”

Though this law is lengthy I would highly recommend making time to read the entire piece. It is one of the most valuable laws that is filled with a plethora of practical philosophies.

Transgression & Observance

Note: The following story depicts many characters that can get confusing to follow. I added the the bellow name list to help with that. This story is directly taken from the book because I did not want to confuse any reader by paraphrasing it all as I did in the original video.

Character List:

Sir Guillaume de Balaun = Protagonist.



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