How to Grow Stronger in Conflicts

Once you step into a fight that is not of your own choosing, you lose all initiative. The combatants’ interests become your interests; you become their tool. Learn to control yourself, to restrain your natural tendency to take sides and join the fight. Be friendly and charming to each of the combatants, then step back as they collide. With every battle they grow weaker, while you grow stronger with every battle you avoid.

“When the snipe and the mussel struggle, the fisherman gets the benefit.”
~ Ancient Chinese saying

Reference: THE 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene