Sun Tzu Quotes
Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.
Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations.
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.
Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.
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