The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 20

Law Twenty: Do Not Commit to Anyone


It is normally foolish to rush towards taking sides. A person, therefore, needs to avoid committing to support any side. The person needs to look out for his interests at all times. The situation provides an opportunity for a person to maintain his independence. The person also easily becomes a master of others (Greene 145). Other people are, therefore, more likely to pursue the person. Queen Elizabeth I provides an Example who ascended to power and everyone felt that she needed to marry (Greene 146). She, however, entertained every delegation that came to her and sought her hand in marriage but did not commit to any. Within time, everyone in the kingdom was talking about her, being a virgin and, therefore, being the center of attraction. To them, she was some form of a goddess.

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