‘Manipulation often works well at first, but its always short-lived and the bank account it builds never offsets the character it robs from you and others.’
‘Manipulation may seem easier than cooperation or coordination, but folks, don’t press your luck. People hate to be manipulated. Sure they’re fooled for a while, but they’ll see the truth someday and it will be a bad day for you when someone, a close friend or a loved on, finds out you were playing them along for some kind of gain. Flatter and faked affections all read clearly at the end, and the manipulation management (and its operators) is doomed.’
‘Aren’t we all sick of politics in world and in business? So by all means, let’s not bring it into our home, yard, and playground, our interaction with neighbors and friends. Manipulation is an art, and doing it well consumes a great deal of time and energy, whereas doing things in the open and honestly, up front, is a hundred times easier in the end. Plus our spouses, neighbors, and friends won’t find out later that they’ve been manipulated, and hate us.’
If you force it, I’ll break.
Abstract from some book
桜 & 恋