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Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy, but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril. -- Sun Tzu
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In all history, there is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. Only one who knows the disastrous effects of a long war can realize the supreme importance of rapidity in bringing it to a close. -- Sun Tzu
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There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. -- Sun Tzu
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There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. -- Sun Tzu
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He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot , will be victorious . -- Sun Tzu
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You can prevent your opponent from defeating you through defense, but you cannot defeat him without taking the offensive. -- Sun Tzu
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War is a matter of vital importance to the state; the province of life or death; the road to survival or ruin. It is mandatory that it be thoroughly studied. -- Sun Tzu
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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. -- Sun Tzu
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Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. -- Sun Tzu
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Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. -- Sun Tzu
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Asked if an army can be made to imitate the SHUAI-JAN, I should answer, Yes. For the men of Wu and the men of Yueh are enemies; yet if they are crossing a river in the same boat and are caught by a storm, they will come to each other's assistance just as the left hand helps the right. -- Sun Tzu
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Hence the saying: The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources. -- Sun Tzu
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When the higher officers are angry and insubordinate, and on meeting the enemy give battle on their own account from a feeling of resentment, before the commander-in-chief can tell whether or not he is in a position to fight, the result is ruin. -- Sun Tzu
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Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise; for the result is waste of time and general stagnation. -- Sun Tzu
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When you go out the door, be as if you were seeing an enemy." And Shi Li said, "Be prepared, and you will not be defeated." When -- Sun Tzu
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In a similar way, The Art of War pinpoints anger and greed as fundamental causes of defeat. -- Sun Tzu
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The skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting. -- Sun Tzu
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This does not mean that the enemy is to be allowed to escape. The object is to make him believe that there is a road to safety, and thus prevent his fighting with the courage of despair. After that, you may crush him. -- Sun Tzu
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Whether in an advantageous position or a disadvantageous one, the opposite state should be always present to your mind. -- Sun Tzu
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Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy. Do not interfere with an army that is returning home. -- Sun Tzu
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When a general, unable to estimate the enemy's strength, allows an inferior force to engage a larger one, or hurls a weak detachment against a powerful one, and neglects to place picked soldiers in the front rank, the result must be rout. -- Sun Tzu
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Bring war material with you from home, but forage on the enemy ... use the conquered foe to augment one's own strength. -- Sun Tzu
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Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. -- Sun Tzu
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Should the enemy forestall you in occupying a pass, do not go after him if the pass is fully garrisoned, but only if it is weakly garrisoned. -- Sun Tzu
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Do not engage an enemy more powerful than you. And if it is unavoidable and you do have to engage, then make sure you engage it on your terms, not on your enemy's terms. -- Sun Tzu
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Being unconquerable lies with yourself; being conquerable lies with your enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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Put them in a spot where they have no place to go, and they will die before fleeing. -- Sun Tzu
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In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them. -- Sun Tzu
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If we do not wish to fight, we can prevent the enemy from engaging us even though the lines of our encampment be merely traced out on the ground. All we need to do is to throw something odd and unaccountable in his way. -- Sun Tzu
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[The chief lesson of this chapter, in Tu Mu's opinion, is the paramount importance in war of rapid evolutions and sudden rushes. "Great results," he adds, "can thus be achieved with small forces."] -- Sun Tzu
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Attack the enemy's strategy. -- Sun Tzu
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The nature of war is constant change. -- Sun Tzu
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To perceive victory when it is known to all is not really skilful. Everyone calls victory in battle good, but it is not really good. -- Sun Tzu
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The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations. -- Sun Tzu
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To plan secretly, to move surreptitiously, to foil the enemy's intentions and balk his schemes, so that at last the day may be won without shedding a drop of blood. -- Sun Tzu
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A clever general, therefore, avoids an army when its spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to return. -- Sun Tzu
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Lure with bait, strike with chaos -- Sun Tzu
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When the general is weak and without authority; when his orders are not clear and distinct; when there are no fixed duties assigned to officers and men, and the ranks are formed in a slovenly haphazard manner, the result is utter disorganization. -- Sun Tzu
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A sovereign should never launch an army out of anger, a leader should never start a war out of wrath -- Sun Tzu
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Sun Tzu said: We may distinguish six kinds of terrain, to wit: (1) Accessible ground; (2) Entangling ground; (3) Temporizing ground; (4) Narrow passes; (5) Precipitous heights; (6) Positions at a great distance from the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. -- Sun Tzu
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We become one body ; the enemy being separated into ten parts. We attack the divided ten with the united one. We are many, the enemy is few, and in superiority of numbers there is economy of strength. -- Sun Tzu
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When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away ... -- Sun Tzu
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A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective. -- Sun Tzu
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In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power. -- Sun Tzu
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One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful, subduing the other's military without battle is the most skillful. -- Sun Tzu
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Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories. -- Sun Tzu
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Licited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, nor by any -- Sun Tzu
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O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible, and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands. -- Sun Tzu
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When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is INSUBORDINATION. -- Sun Tzu
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Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons -- Sun Tzu
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From a position of this sort, if the enemy is unprepared, you may sally forth and defeat him. But if the enemy is prepared for your coming, and you fail to defeat him, then, return being impossible, disaster will ensue. -- Sun Tzu
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Attack where he is unprepared; sally forth when he does not expect you. -- Sun Tzu
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The good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trustworthiness, humaneness, courage, and sternness. -- Sun Tzu
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Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted. -- Sun Tzu
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First lay plans which will ensure victory, and then lead your army to battle; if you will not begin with stratagem but rely on brute strength alone, victory will no longer be assured -- Sun Tzu
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If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. -- Sun Tzu
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Balk the enemy's power; force him to reveal himself. -- Sun Tzu
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When you know both yourself as well as your competition, you are never in danger. To know yourself and not others, gives you half a chance of winning. Knowing neither yourself or your competition puts you in a position to lose. -- Sun Tzu
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The essential factor of military success is speed, that is taking advantage of others' unpreparedness or lack of foresight, their failure to catch up, going by routes they do not expect, attacking where they are not on guard. This you cannot accomplish with hesitation. -- Sun Tzu
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When your army has crossed the border, you should burn your boats and bridges, in order to make it clear to everybody that you have no hankering after home. -- Sun Tzu
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It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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When Lionel Giles began his translation of Sun Tzu's ART OF WAR, the work was virtually unknown in Europe. Its introduction to Europe began in 1782 when a French Jesuit Father living in China, Joseph Amiot, acquired a copy of it, and translated -- Sun Tzu
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Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive, knowing yourself enables you to stand on the defensive. -- Sun Tzu
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Foreknowledge cannot be gotten from ghosts and spirits, cannot be had by analogy, cannot be found out by calculation. It must be obtained from people, people who know the conditions of the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive;
and, unless submissive, then will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached
to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be unless. -- Sun Tzu
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know yourself and you will win all battles -- Sun Tzu
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About Sun Tzu himself this is all that Ssu-ma Ch'ien has to tell us in this chapter. But he proceeds to give a biography of his descendant, Sun Pin, born about a hundred years after his famous ancestor's death, and also the outstanding military genius of his time. -- Sun Tzu
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One cat at the hole, and ten thousand mice dare not come out; one tiger in the valley, and ten thousand deer cannot pass through. -- Sun Tzu
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Hostile armies may face each other for years, striving for the victory which is decided in a single day. This being so, to remain in ignorance of the enemy's condition simply because one grudges the outlay of a hundred ounces of silver in honors and emoluments, is the height of inhumanity. -- Sun Tzu
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Do not press an enemy at bay. Prince Fu Ch'ai said: Wild beasts, when at bay, fight desperately. How much more is this true of men! If they know there is no alternative, they will fight to the death. -- Sun Tzu
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The host thus forming a single united body, is it impossible either for the brave to advance alone, or for the cowardly to retreat alone -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore, to estimate the enemy situation and to calculate distances and the degree of difficulty of the terrain so as to control victory are virtues of the superior general. -- Sun Tzu
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So long as victory can be attained, stupid haste is preferable to clever dilatoriness. -- Sun Tzu
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Know thy enemy and know thy self and you will win a hundred battles. -- Sun Tzu
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Factors in the art of warfare are: First, calculations; second, quantities; third, logistics; fourth, the balance of power; and fifth, the possibility of victory is based on the balance of power. -- Sun Tzu
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Weak leadership can wreck the soundest strategy -- Sun Tzu
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When the position is such that neither side will gain by making the first move, it is called temporising ground. -- Sun Tzu
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If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your commands; and incapable, moreover, of quelling disorder: then your soldiers must be likened to spoilt children; they are useless for any practical purpose. -- Sun Tzu
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Every battle is won before it's ever fought. -- Sun Tzu
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You must be swift as the wind, dense as the forest, rapacious as fire, steadfast like a mountain, mysterious as night and mighty as thunder. -- Sun Tzu
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Appraise war in terms of the fundamental factors. The first of these factors is moral influence. -- Sun Tzu
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It is the business of a general to be quiet and thus ensure secrecy; upright and just, and thus maintain order. -- Sun Tzu
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When your opponent gives you an opening, be swift as a hare. -- Sun Tzu
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Bravery without forethought, causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull. Such an opponent, must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain. -- Sun Tzu
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5,6. The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger. -- Sun Tzu
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Now an army is exposed to six several calamities, not arising from natural causes, 1 but from faults for which the general is responsible. These are: (1) Flight; (2) insubordination; (3) collapse; (4) ruin; (5) disorganisation; (6) rout. -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore the master of war causes the enemy's forces to yield, but without fighting ; he captures his fortress, but without besieging it ; and without lengthy fighting takes the enemy's kingdom. Without tarnishing his weapons he gains the complete advantage. This is the assault by stratagem. -- Sun Tzu
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Unless you know the mountains and the forests, the defiles and impasses, the lay of the marshes and swamps, you cannot maneuver with an armed force. Unless you use local guides, you cannot get the advantages of the land. -- Sun Tzu
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If I wish to engage, then the enemy, for all his high ramparts and deep moat, cannot avoid engagement; I attack that which he is obliged to rescue. -- Sun Tzu
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One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all. -- Sun Tzu
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Maneuvering with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous. -- Sun Tzu
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Nothing is more difficult than the art of maneuvering for advantageous positions. -- Sun Tzu
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Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue. -- Sun Tzu
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A leader leads by example not by force. -- Sun Tzu
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Without constant practice, the officers will be nervous and undecided when mustering for battle; without constant practice, the general will be wavering and irresolute when the crisis is at hand.] -- Sun Tzu
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Winning isn't enough. The acme of all skill is to defeat your enemy before taking the field. -- Sun Tzu
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Those who would wage war, should first eliminate all domestic enemies before proceeding to attack the external foe. -- Sun Tzu
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Every battle is won before it is fought. -- Sun Tzu
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Hiding order beneath the cloak of disorder is simply a question of subdivision; concealing courage
under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to
be effected by tactical dispositions. -- Sun Tzu
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There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed. -- Sun Tzu
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Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win -- Sun Tzu
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Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision,
to the releasing of a trigger. -- Sun Tzu
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Carefully study the well-being of your men, and do not overtax them. Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength. Keep your army continually on the move, and devise unfathomable plans. -- Sun Tzu
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One who has few must prepare against the enemy; one who has many makes the enemy prepare against him. -- Sun Tzu
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Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack. -- Sun Tzu
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Ground which can be abandoned but is hard to re-occupy is called entangling. -- Sun Tzu
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For the wise man delights in establishing his merit, the brave man likes to show his courage in action, the covetous man is quick at seizing advantages, and the stupid man has no fear of death. -- Sun Tzu
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The one who figures on victory at headquarters before even doing battle is the one who has the most strategic factors on his side. -- Sun Tzu
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Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge. -- Sun Tzu
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So there are five ways of knowing who will win. Those who know when to fight and when not to fight are victorious. Those who discern when to use many or few troops are victorious. Those whose upper and lower ranks have the same desire are victorious. -- Sun Tzu
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To a surrounded enemy, you must leave a way of escape. -- Sun Tzu
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If, on the other hand, in the midst of difficulties we are always ready to seize an advantage, we may extricate ourselves from misfortune. -- Sun Tzu
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All warfare is based on deception. There is no place where espionage is not used. Offer the enemy bait to lure him. -- Sun Tzu
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To prevent the enemy from fathoming one's intentions is of the first importance. -- Sun Tzu
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The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. -- Sun Tzu
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The Book of Army Management says: On the field of battle, the spoken word does not carry far enough: hence the institution of gongs and drums. Nor can ordinary objects be seen clearly enough: hence the institution of banners and flags. -- Sun Tzu
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On the field of battle, the spoken word does not carry far enough; hence the institution of gongs and drums ... banners and flags. Gongs and drums, banners and flags, are means whereby the ears and eyes of the host may be focused on one particular point. -- Sun Tzu
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There are not more than five primary colors (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. -- Sun Tzu
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Who can determine where one ends and the other begins? -- Sun Tzu
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Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face death, there is nothing they may not achieve. -- Sun Tzu
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He wins his battles by making no mistakes.
Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated. -- Sun Tzu
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More planning shall give greater possibility of victory while less planning, lesser possibility of victory. So how about those without planning? -- Sun Tzu
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LI QUAN If they ply you with expensive gifts and sweet talk, they are up to something. -- Sun Tzu
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They [spies] cannot be properly managed without benevolence and straightforwardness. -- Sun Tzu
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Subjugating the enemy's army without fighting is the true pinnacle of excellence. -- Sun Tzu
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Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans, the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces, the next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field, and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities. -- Sun Tzu
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Thus the skilful general conducts his army just as though he were leading a single man, willy-nilly, by the hand. -- Sun Tzu
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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. -- Sun Tzu
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To begin by bluster, but afterwards to take fright at the enemy's numbers, shows a supreme lack of intelligence. -- Sun Tzu
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Who does not know the evils of war cannot appreciate its benefits -- Sun Tzu
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Master Sun So it is said that if you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. -- Sun Tzu
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Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is master of his enemy's fate. -- Sun Tzu
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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. -- Sun Tzu
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Keep their friends close and their enemies closer. -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore a victorious army first wins and then seeks battle; a defeated army first battles and then seeks victory. -- Sun Tzu
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Victory is the main object in war. -- Sun Tzu
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The art of war is the art of deception. -- Sun Tzu
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The Art of War is self-explanatory -- Sun Tzu
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Invincibility depends on one's self; the enemy's vulnerability on him. -- Sun Tzu
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When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move. -- Sun Tzu
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The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without having to fight them. -- Sun Tzu
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If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in. -- Sun Tzu
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As water shapes its flow in accordance with the ground, so an army manages its victory in accordance with the situation of the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley. -- Sun Tzu
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The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. -- Sun Tzu
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Rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him -- Sun Tzu
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The value of time, that is of being a little ahead of your opponent, often provides greater advantage than superior numbers or greater resources. -- Sun Tzu
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And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him. -- Sun Tzu
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It is the rule in war, if ten times the enemy's strength, surround them; if five times, attack them; if double, be able to divide them; if equal, engage them; if fewer, be able to evade them; if weaker, be able to avoid them. -- Sun Tzu
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When the soldiers stand leaning on their spears, they are faint from want of food. -- Sun Tzu
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With regard to ground of this nature, be before the enemy in occupying the raised and sunny spots, and carefully guard your line of supplies. Then you will be able to fight with advantage. -- Sun Tzu
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The general that hearkens to my counsel and acts upon it, will conquer: let such a one be retained in command! The general that hearkens not to my counsel nor acts upon it, will suffer defeat: - let such a one be dismissed! -- Sun Tzu
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With regard to precipitous heights, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny spots, and there wait for him to come up. -- Sun Tzu
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Now a soldier's spirit is keenest in the morning; by noonday it has begun to flag; and in the evening, his mind is only on returning to camp. -- Sun Tzu
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Know the enemy, know yourself; your victory will never be endangered. Know the ground, know the weather; your victory will then be total. -- Sun Tzu
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When the enemy is at ease, be able to weary him; when well fed, to starve him; when at rest, to make him move. Appear at places to which he must hasten; move swiftly where he does not expect you. -- Sun Tzu
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When he utilizes combined energy, his fighting men become as it were like unto rolling logs or stones. For it is the nature of a log or stone to remain motionless on level ground, and to move when on a slope; if four-cornered, to come to a standstill, but if round-shaped to go rolling down. -- Sun Tzu
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If we wish to fight, the enemy can be forced to an engagement even though he be sheltered behind a high rampart and a deep ditch. All we need do is attack some other place that he will be obliged to relieve. -- Sun Tzu
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The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. -- Sun Tzu
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If a battle can not be won do not fight it. -- Sun Tzu
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If you are strong, appear weak. But if you are weak, appear strong. -- Sun Tzu
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Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win. -- Sun Tzu
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Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared. -- Sun Tzu
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However desperate the situation and circumstances, don't despair. When there is everything to fear, be unafraid. When surrounded by dangers, fear none of them. When without resources, depend on resourcefulness. When surprised, take the enemy by surprise. -- Sun Tzu
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Don't flail against the world, use it. Flexibility is the operative principle in the art of war. -- Sun Tzu
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Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory is won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory. -- Sun Tzu
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And regulation entails organizational effectiveness, a chain of command, and a structure for logistical support. -- Sun Tzu
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Heaven and earth are not humanistic - they regard myriad beings as straw dogs; sages are not humanistic - they regard people as straw dogs, -- Sun Tzu
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If equally matched, we can offer battle; if slightly inferior in numbers, we can avoid the enemy; if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him. Though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force. -- Sun Tzu
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If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory. -- Sun Tzu
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The dance of battle is always played to the same impatient rhythm. What begins in a surge of violent motion is always reduced to the perfectly still. -- Sun Tzu
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If rewards are immoderate, there will be expenditure that does not result in gratitude; if punishments are immoderate, there will be slaughter that does not result in awe. -- Sun Tzu
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Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust. -- Sun Tzu
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In peace prepare for war, in war prepare for peace. The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence under no circumstances can it be neglected. -- Sun Tzu
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Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. -- Sun Tzu
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The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected. -- Sun Tzu
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passivity means waiting for an opportunity, -- Sun Tzu
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The general, unable to control his irritation, will launch his men to the assault like swarming ants, with the result that one-third of his men are slain, while the town still remains untaken. Such are the disastrous effects of a siege. -- Sun Tzu
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Without harmony in the State, no military expedition can be undertaken; without harmony in the army, no battle array can be formed. -- Sun Tzu
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Excessive rewards are a sign of desperation. Excessive punishments are a sign of exhaustion. -- Sun Tzu
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When you shoot a bow and arrow, you aim at the clouds, not because you expect to hit them, but so that you may reach the distant target on the ground. -- Sun Tzu
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There is no place where espionage is not possible. -- Sun Tzu
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When campaigning, be swift as the wind; in leisurely march, majestic as the forest; in raiding and plundering, like fire; in standing, firm as the mountains. As unfathomable as the clouds, move like a thunderbolt. -- Sun Tzu
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The military has no constant form, just as water has no constant shape - adapt as you face the enemy, without letting them know beforehand what you are going to do. -- Sun Tzu
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If the enemy has occupied them before you, do not follow him, but retreat and try to entice him away. -- Sun Tzu
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If you follow the enemy's shifts and changes, you can always find a way to win. -- Sun Tzu
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Opportunities increase as they are taken. -- Sun Tzu
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When you start a fire, be to windward of it. Do not attack from the leeward. -- Sun Tzu
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Spies are a most important element in water, because on them depends an army's ability to move. -- Sun Tzu
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he not honestly believed the contrary. And it is precisely on such a point that the judgment of an educated Chinaman will carry most weight. Other internal evidence is not far to seek. Thus in XIII. ss. 1, there is an unmistakable allusion to the ancient system -- Sun Tzu
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To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy. -- Sun Tzu
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He who is not sage and wise, humane and just, cannot use secret agent.s. And he who is not delicate and subtle cannot get the truth out of them. -- Sun Tzu
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The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties is knowledge of the enemy; and this knowledge can only be derived, in the first instance, from the converted spy. Hence it is essential that the converted spy be treated with the utmost liberality. -- Sun Tzu
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The captured soldiers should be kindly treated and kept. -- Sun Tzu
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Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength. -- Sun Tzu
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Too frequent rewards indicate that the general is at the end of his resources; too frequent punishments that he is in acute distress. -- Sun Tzu
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The rising of birds in their flight is the sign of an ambuscade. Startled beasts indicate that a sudden attack is coming. -- Sun Tzu
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Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength; attacking, a superabundance of strength. -- Sun Tzu
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So it is that good warriors take their stance on ground where they cannot lose, and do not overlook conditions that make an opponent prone to defeat. -- Sun Tzu
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The wise leader's plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together. -- Sun Tzu
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No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique. -- Sun Tzu
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Confucius said, People may have the finest talents, but if they are arrogant and stingy, their other qualities are not worthy of consideration. -- Sun Tzu
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Thus, what enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge. -- Sun Tzu
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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. -- Sun Tzu
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It is more important to outhink your enemy, than to outfight him -- Sun Tzu
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A general who advances without thought of personal glory, and retreats without a care for disgrace, who thinks only of protecting the people and benefiting his ruler - such a man is a treasure beyond price to his country. -- Sun Tzu
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Unless you enter the tiger's lair, you cannot get hold of the tiger's cub's. -- Sun Tzu
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Birds rising in flight is a sign that the enemy is lying in ambush; when the wild animals are startled and flee he is trying to take you unaware. -- Sun Tzu
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On open ground, do not try to block the enemy's way. On the ground of intersecting highways, join hands with your allies. -- Sun Tzu
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Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting. -- Sun Tzu
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Violent language and driving forward as if to the attack are signs that he will retreat. -- Sun Tzu
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Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small. -- Sun Tzu
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If fighting is sure to result in victory, than you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler's bidding. -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field. -- Sun Tzu
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8. The skillful soldier does not raise a second levy, neither are his supply-wagons loaded more than twice. [Once war is declared, he will -- Sun Tzu
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an angry man can later become happy, a resentful man can become pleased, but a kingdom once destroyed can never be restored nor the dead brought back to life -- Sun Tzu
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The victorious army is victorious first and seeks battle later; the defeated army seeks battle first and seeks victory later. -- Sun Tzu
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These are the six ways of courting defeat - neglect to estimate the enemy's strength; want of authority; defective training; unjustifiable anger; nonobservance of discipline; failure to use picked men ... -- Sun Tzu
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What is essential in war is victory, not prolonged operations. -- Sun Tzu
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The Completer and Wu Wang all used spears and battle-axes in order to succor their generation. The SSU-MA FA says: If one man slay another of set purpose, he himself -- Sun Tzu
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Fighting with a large army under your command is nowise different from fighting with a small one: it is merely a question of instituting signs and signals. -- Sun Tzu
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In warfare, there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent will succeed and win. -- Sun Tzu
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When orders are consistently trustworthy and observed, the relationship of a commander with his troops is satisfactory. -- Sun Tzu
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Knowledge of the enemy's dispositions can only be obtained from other men. -- Sun Tzu
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Wheels of justice grind slow but grind fine -- Sun Tzu
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Like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away to return once more. -- Sun Tzu
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So a military force has no constant formation, water has no constant shape: the ability to gain victory by changing and adapting according to the opponent is called genius. -- Sun Tzu
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Danger has a bracing effect. -- Sun Tzu
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A sovereign of high character and intelligence must be able to know the right man, should place the responsibility on him, and expect results. -- Sun Tzu
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Order or disorder depends on organisation; courage or cowardice on circumstances; strength or weakness on dispositions. -- Sun Tzu
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A battle avoided cannot be lost. -- Sun Tzu
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If we wish to wrest an advantage from the enemy, we must not fix our minds on that alone, but allow for the possibility of the enemy also doing some harm to us, and let this enter as a factor into our calculations. -- Sun Tzu
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It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war
that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on. -- Sun Tzu
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If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. -- Sun Tzu
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Sun Tzu Wu was a native of the Ch'i State. His Art of War brought him to the notice of Ho Lu, King of Wu. Ho Lu said to him: "I have carefully perused your 13 chapters. May I submit your theory of managing soldiers to a slight test? -- Sun Tzu
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Attack by Stratagem -- Sun Tzu
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The Wheels of Justice turn slowly but exceedingly fine. -- Sun Tzu
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Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization. -- Sun Tzu
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We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country
its mountains and forests, its pitfalls and precipices, its marshes and swamps. -- Sun Tzu
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What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. -- Sun Tzu
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If you are near the enemy, make him believe you are far from him.
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are now -- Sun Tzu
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In making tactical dispositions, the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them -- Sun Tzu
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Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm -- Sun Tzu
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Keep your fiends close and your enemies even closer. -- Sun Tzu
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One need not destroy one's enemy. One need only destroy his willingness to engage. -- Sun Tzu
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Pretend to be weak, so your enemy may grow arrogant. -- Sun Tzu
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To maintain an army at a distance causes the people to be impoverished. -- Sun Tzu
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Prohibit omens altogether. You can best predict your future by controlling it yourself, not by trusting luck or fate to control it. -- Sun Tzu
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It is according to the shapes that I lay the plans for victory, but the multitude does not comprehend this. Although everyone can see the outward aspects, none understands the way in which I have created victory. -- Sun Tzu
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Those who are victorious plan effectively and change decisively. They are like a great river that maintains its course but adjusts its flow. -- Sun Tzu
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To capture an enemies army is better than to destroy it. -- Sun Tzu
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Apparent confusion is a product of good order; apparent cowardice, of courage; apparent weakness, of strength. -- Sun Tzu
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The PEOPLE being regarded as the essential part of the State, and FOOD as the people's heaven, is it not right that those in authority should value and be careful of both?] -- Sun Tzu
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Where there are repeated wars, the people are weakened; when they score repeated victories, rulers become haughty. Let haughty rulers command weakened people, and rare is the nation that will not perish as a result. -- Sun Tzu
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By method and discipline are to be understood the marshaling of the army in its proper subdivisions, the graduations of rank among the officers, the maintenance of roads by which supplies may reach the army, and the control of military expenditure. -- Sun Tzu
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Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will. -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. -- Sun Tzu
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When strong, appear weak. Brave, appear fearful. Orderly, appear chaotic. Full, appear empty. Wise, appear foolish. Many, appear to be few. Advancing, appear to retreat. Moving quickly, appear to be slow. Taking, appear to leave. In one place, appear to be in another. -- Sun Tzu
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Be stern in the council-chamber, [Show no weakness, and insist on your plans being ratified by the sovereign.] so that you may control the situation. -- Sun Tzu
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If not in the interests of the state, do not act. If you cannot succeed, do not use troops. If you are not in danger, do not fight. -- Sun Tzu
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Set the troops to their tasks without imparting your designs. -- Sun Tzu
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Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men. -- Sun Tzu
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[The five cardinal virtues of the Chinese are (1) humanity or benevolence; (2) uprightness of mind; (3) self-respect, self- control, or "proper feeling;" (4) wisdom; (5) sincerity or good faith. -- Sun Tzu
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The wise warrior avoids the battle. -- Sun Tzu
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Those who do not know the plans of competitors cannot prepare alliances. Those who do not know the lay of the land cannot maneuver their forces. Those who do not use local guides cannot take advantage of the ground. -- Sun Tzu
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The line between disorder and order lies in logistics ... -- Sun Tzu
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No nation has ever benefited from a prolonged war. -- Sun Tzu
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If an enemy has alliances, the problem is grave and the enemy's position strong; if he has no alliances, the problem is minor and the enemy's position weak. -- Sun Tzu
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Agitate him and ascertain the pattern of his movement. -- Sun Tzu
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All warfare is based on deception. If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If equally matched, fight and if not: split and re-evaluate. -- Sun Tzu
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When you do battle, even if you are winning, if you continue for a long time it will dull your forces and blunt you edge ... If you keep your armies out in the field for a long time, your supplies will be insufficient. Transportation of provisions itself consumes 20 times the amount transported. -- Sun Tzu
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was profound insight of a spiritual nature that could help me live my everyday life unconstrained by conflict, either with others or within myself. These -- Sun Tzu
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When I have won a victory I do not repeat my tactics but respond to circumstances in an infinite variety of ways. -- Sun Tzu
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In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory. -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore victory in war is not repetitious, but adapts its form endlessly. -- Sun Tzu
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To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill -- Sun Tzu
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He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. -- Sun Tzu
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So the important thing in a military operation is victory, not persistence. -- Sun Tzu
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In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. -- Sun Tzu
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Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move. -- Sun Tzu
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mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy -- Sun Tzu
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Hence the experienced soldier, once in motion, is never bewildered; once he has broken camp, he is never at a loss. -- Sun Tzu
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The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. -- Sun Tzu
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Never venture, never win! -- Sun Tzu
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Conform to the enemy's tactics until a favorable opportunity offers; then come forth and engage in a battle that shall prove decisive. -- Sun Tzu
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All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. -- Sun Tzu
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Bestow rewards without respect to customary practice; publish orders without respect to precedent. Thus you may employ the entire army as you would one man. -- Sun Tzu
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Other conditions being equal, if one force is hurled against another ten times its size, the result will be the flight of the former. -- Sun Tzu
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Someone unfamiliar with the mountains and forests cannot advance [the team]. One who does not employ local guides cannot gain the advantage. -- Sun Tzu
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Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment - that which they cannot anticipate. -- Sun Tzu
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The natural formation of the country is the soldier's best ally -- Sun Tzu
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Fierce language and pretentious advances are signs that the enemy is about to retreat. -- Sun Tzu
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One who sets the entire army in motion to chase an advantage will not attain it. -- Sun Tzu
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Know the enemy and know yourself. -- Sun Tzu
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The best general is the one who never fights. -- Sun Tzu
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The control of large numbers is possible, and like unto that of small numbers, if we subdivide them. -- Sun Tzu
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Quickness is the essence of the war. -- Sun Tzu
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The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent. -- Sun Tzu
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An army may be likened to water, for just as flowing water avoids the heights and hastens to the lowlands, so an army avoids strength and strikes weakness. -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. -- Sun Tzu
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When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce. -- Sun Tzu
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When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteoousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders'. -- Sun Tzu
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When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. -- Sun Tzu
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The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities ... It is best to win without fighting. -- Sun Tzu
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If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame. But, if orders are clear and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their oficers. -- Sun Tzu
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[Once war is declared, he will not waste precious time in waiting for reinforcements, nor will he return his army back for fresh supplies, but crosses the enemy's frontier without delay. -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore, the skillful commander imposes his will on the enemy by making the enemy come to him instead of being brought to the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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If the enemy opens the door, you must race in. -- Sun Tzu
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When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard. -- Sun Tzu
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The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible attack at several different points; -- Sun Tzu
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Peace proposals unaccompanied by a sworn covenant indicate a plot. -- Sun Tzu
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[The superstitious, "bound in to saucy doubts and fears," degenerate into cowards and "die many times before their deaths. -- Sun Tzu
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All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. -- Sun Tzu
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You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked. -- Sun Tzu
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Those skilled in warfare move the enemy, and are not moved by the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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When the thunderclap comes, there is no time to cover the ears. -- Sun Tzu
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Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster -- Sun Tzu
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Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack. -- Sun Tzu
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And therefore only the enlightened sovereign and the worthy general who are able to use the most intelligent people as agents are certain to achieve great things. -- Sun Tzu
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Opportunities multiply as they are seized. -- Sun Tzu
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In the tumult and uproar, the battle seems chaotic, but there is no disorder, the troops appear to be milling about in circles but cannot be defeated. -- Sun Tzu
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Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack. -- Sun Tzu
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It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune. -- Sun Tzu
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Amid the turmoil and tumult of battle, there may be seeming disorder and yet no real disorder at all. -- Sun Tzu
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A clever general ... avoids an army when its spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to return. This is the art of studying moods. Disciplined and calm, he awaits the appearance of disorder and hubbub among the enemy. This is the art of retaining self-possession. -- Sun Tzu
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The business of a general is to kick away the ladder behind soldiers when they have climbed up a height. -- Sun Tzu
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Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across. -- Sun Tzu
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Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is noise before defeat. -- Sun Tzu
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Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price. -- Sun Tzu
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15. Hence a wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to twenty of one's own, and likewise a single picul of his provender is equivalent to twenty from one's own store. -- Sun Tzu
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A wise general makes a point of foraging of the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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What is of the greatest importance in war is extraordinary speed: One cannot afford to neglect opportunity. -- Sun Tzu
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Weapons are inauspicious instruments, not the tools of the enlightened. When there is no choice but to use them, it is best to be calm and free from greed, and not celebrate victory. Those who celebrate victory are bloodthirsty, and the bloodthirsty cannot have their way with the world. -- Sun Tzu
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It is the business of a general to be serene and inscrutable, impartial and self-controlled. -- Sun Tzu
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For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards. -- Sun Tzu
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In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity -- Sun Tzu
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If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. -- Sun Tzu
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The true objective of war is peace. -- Sun Tzu
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What enables the enlightened rulers and good generals to conquer the enemy at every move and achieve extraordinary success is foreknowledge. -- Sun Tzu
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Use humility to make the enemy haughty. Tire them by flight. Cause division among them. When they are unprepared, attack and make your move when they do not expect it. -- Sun Tzu
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Without local guides, your enemy employs the land as a weapon against you. -- Sun Tzu
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Perfection in war lies in so sapping your opponents will that he surrenders without fighting. -- Sun Tzu
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One may know how to conquer without being able to do it. -- Sun Tzu
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To capture the enemy's entire army is better than to destroy it; to take intact a regiment, a company, or a squad is better than to destroy them. For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the supreme of excellence. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. -- Sun Tzu
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Weigh the situation, then move. -- Sun Tzu
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One who speaks deferentially but increases his preparations will advance. One who speaks belligerently and advances hastily will retreat. -- Sun Tzu
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If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near. -- Sun Tzu
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A warrior who is prepared to fight must also be prepared to die. -- Sun Tzu
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Some people think insufficiency means weakness and surplus means strength, but this impression is wrong. -- Sun Tzu
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In a position of this sort, even though the enemy should offer us an attractive bait, it will be advisable not to stir forth, but rather to retreat, thus enticing the enemy in his turn; then, when part of his army has come out, we may deliver our attack with advantage. -- Sun Tzu
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Chapter1
Laying Plans -- Sun Tzu
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Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected. -- Sun Tzu
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Do not press an enemy at bay. -- Sun Tzu
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If the enemy know not where he will be attacked, he must prepare in every quarter, and so be everywhere weak. -- Sun Tzu
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Those skilled at making the enemy move do so by creating a situation to which he must conform; they entice him with something he is certain to take, and with lures of ostensible profit they await him in strength. -- Sun Tzu
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Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. -- Sun Tzu
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As water has no constant form, there are in war no constant conditions. -- Sun Tzu
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Generally, management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization. And to control many is the same as to control few. This is a matter of formations and signals. -- Sun Tzu
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Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems. -- Sun Tzu
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To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the
opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. -- Sun Tzu
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He who only sees the obvious, wins his battles with difficulty; he who looks below the surface of things, wins with ease -- Sun Tzu
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If I am able to determine the enemy's dispositions while at the same time I conceal my own, then I can concentrate and he must divide. -- Sun Tzu
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Without subtle ingenuity of mind, one cannot make certain of the truth of their reports. -- Sun Tzu
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Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose. -- Sun Tzu
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Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content.
But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life. -- Sun Tzu
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The reason why Sun Tzu at the head of 30,000 men beat Ch'u with 200,000 is that the latter were undisciplined." Teng -- Sun Tzu
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War is like a fire - if you do not put it out, it will burn itself out. -- Sun Tzu
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Place your army in deadly peril, and it will survive; plunge it into desperate straits, and it will come off in safety. -- Sun Tzu
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You have to believe in yourself. -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore the good fighter will be terrible in his onset, and prompt in his decision. -- Sun Tzu
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Where the army is, prices are high; when prices rise the wealth of the people is exhausted. -- Sun Tzu
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In difficult ground, press on; In encircled ground, devise stratagems; In death ground, fight. -- Sun Tzu
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He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight -- Sun Tzu
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Sun Tzu said: The art of war recognises nine varieties of ground: (1) Dispersive ground; (2) facile ground; (3) contentious ground; (4) open ground; (5) ground of intersecting highways; (6) serious ground; (7) difficult ground; (8) hemmed-in ground; (9) desperate ground. -- Sun Tzu
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When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of its momentum. When the strike of a hawk breaks the body of its prey, it is because of timing. -- Sun Tzu
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Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain. -- Sun Tzu
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15. In war, practice dissimulation, and you will succeed. -- Sun Tzu
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Thus those skilled in war subdue the enemy's army without battle ... They conquer by strategy. -- Sun Tzu
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Correct your mistake as soon as you have found it. -- Sun Tzu
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If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by. -- Sun Tzu
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If you fight with all your might, there is a chance of life; where as death is certain if you cling to your corner -- Sun Tzu
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If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak. -- Sun Tzu
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To ... not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues. -- Sun Tzu
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If this is long delayed, weapons are blunted and morale depressed. -- Sun Tzu
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He who advances without seeking fame,
Who retreats without escaping blame,
He whose one aim is to protect his people and serve his lord,
The man is a jewel of the Realm -- Sun Tzu
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You cannot know if you will be successful or not. You can only prepare for battle and it must be done with all of your heart and with all of your consciousness. In that manner, you will have an edge. -- Sun Tzu
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It is best to keep one's own state intact; to crush the enemy's state is only second best. -- Sun Tzu
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Act after having made assessments. The one who first knows the measure of far and near wins - this is the rule of armed struggle. -- Sun Tzu
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Defeat the enemies strategy. -- Sun Tzu
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The expert in battle seeks his victory from strategic advantage and does not demand it from his men. -- Sun Tzu
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When the leader is morally weak and his discipline not strict, when his instructions and guidance are not enlightened, when there are no consistent rules, neighboring rulers will take advantage of this. -- Sun Tzu
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If you do not take opportunity to advance and reward the deserving, your subordinates will not carry out your commands, and disaster will ensue. -- Sun Tzu
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First learn to become invincible, then wait for your enemy's moment of vulnerability. -- Sun Tzu
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Ponder and deliberate before you make a move. -- Sun Tzu
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There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. -- Sun Tzu
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Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. -- Sun Tzu
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You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. -- Sun Tzu
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Those skilled in attack move as from above the nine-fold heavens. Thus they are capable both of protecting themselves and of gaining complete victory. -- Sun Tzu
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He who relies solely on warlike measures shall be exterminated; he who relies solely on peaceful measures shall perish. -- Sun Tzu
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[There is less precision in the Chinese than I have thought it well to introduce into my translation, and the commentaries on the passage are by no means explicit. But, having regard to the context, we can hardly doubt that Sun Tzu is holding up I Chih and Lu Ya as illustrious -- Sun Tzu
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The ultimate in disposing one's troops is to be without ascertainable shape. Then the most penetrating spies cannot pry in nor can the wise lay plans against you. -- Sun Tzu
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The leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril. -- Sun Tzu
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The general who does not advance to seek glory, or does not withdraw to avoid punishment, but cares for only the people's security and promotes the people's interests, is the nation's treasure. -- Sun Tzu
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It is a doctrine of war not to assume the enemy will not come, but rather to rely on one's readiness to meet him; not to presume that he will not attack, but rather to make one's self invincible. -- Sun Tzu
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The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable. -- Sun Tzu
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It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one,
to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous,
to divide our army into two. -- Sun Tzu
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If there is disturbance in the camp, the general's authority is weak. -- Sun Tzu
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Rapidity is the essence of war. -- Sun Tzu
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The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all. -- Sun Tzu
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Therefore the victories of good warriors are not noted for cleverness or bravery. Therefore their victories in battle are not flukes. Their victories are not flukes because they position themselves where they will surely win, prevailing over those wh. -- Sun Tzu
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Supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy. -- Sun Tzu
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The height of strategy, is to attack your opponent's strategy. -- Sun Tzu
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With regard to narrow passes, if you can occupy them first, let them be strongly garrisoned and await the advent of the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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Go into emptiness, strike voids, bypass what he defends hit him where he does not expect you. -- Sun Tzu
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Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances. -- Sun Tzu
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In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to engagement, surprising actions generally lead to victory. -- Sun Tzu
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If your enemy is superior, evade him -- Sun Tzu
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At first, then, exhibit the coyness of a maiden, until the enemy gives you an opening; afterwards emulate the rapidity of a running hare, and it will be too late for the enemy to oppose you. -- Sun Tzu
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Now by the laws of war, better than defeating a country by fire and the sword, is to take it without strife. -- Sun Tzu
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who wishes to fight must first count the cost -- Sun Tzu
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Against those skilled in attack, an enemy does not know where to defend; against the experts in defense, the enemy does not know where to attack. -- Sun Tzu
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To persuade your enemy to (retreat) before the fight is to defeat them even before the battle begins. An enemy made ally is no longer an enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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In desperate position, you must fight. -- Sun Tzu
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If his forces are united, separate them. -- Sun Tzu
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He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. -- Sun Tzu
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He will win whose army is animated by the spirit throughout all its ranks. -- Sun Tzu
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When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. -- Sun Tzu
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I will be able to forecast which side will be victorious and which defeated. -- Sun Tzu
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Ground which can be freely traversed by both sides is called accessible. -- Sun Tzu
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Wait by the river long enough and the body of your enemy will float by you. -- Sun Tzu
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The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not be swayed by petty doubts. -- Sun Tzu
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Conceal your dispositions, and your condition will remain secret, which leads to victory; show your dispositions, and your condition will become patent, which leads to defeat. -- Sun Tzu
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We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors. -- Sun Tzu
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However, this translation is, in the words of Dr. Giles, "excessively bad." He goes further in this criticism: "It is not merely a question of downright blunders, from which none can hope to be wholly exempt. -- Sun Tzu
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It is imperative to contest all factions for complete victory, so the army is not garrisoned and the profit can be total. This is the law of strategic siege. -- Sun Tzu
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A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame. -- Sun Tzu
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The principle on which to manage an army is to set up one standard of courage which all must reach. -- Sun Tzu
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These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand. -- Sun Tzu
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Bestow rewards without regard to rule, issue orders without regard to previous arrangements; and you will be able to handle a whole army as though you had to do with but a single man. -- Sun Tzu
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If those who are sent to draw water begin by drinking themselves, the army is suffering from thirst. [One may know the condition of a whole army from the behavior of a single man.] -- Sun Tzu
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These are: (1) the Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) the Commander; (5) method and discipline. -- Sun Tzu
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To lift an autumn hair is no sign of great strength; to see the sun and moon is no sign of sharp sight; to hear the noise of thunder is no sign of a quick ear. -- Sun Tzu
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It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used. -- Sun Tzu
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Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business. -- Sun Tzu
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When the officers are too strong and the common soldiers too weak, the result is COLLAPSE. -- Sun Tzu
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Thus, though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays. -- Sun Tzu
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Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day. -- Sun Tzu
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Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots. -- Sun Tzu
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He whose ranks are united in purpose will be victorious. -- Sun Tzu
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And addressed them thus: I presume you know the difference between front and back, right hand and left hand? -- Sun Tzu
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When an invading force crosses a river in its onward march, do not advance to meet it in mid-stream. It will be best to let half the army get across, and then deliver your attack. -- Sun Tzu
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It is unlucky to be stubborn in the face of insurmountable odds -- Sun Tzu
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One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant. -- Sun Tzu
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Hence the skillful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline; thus it is in his power to control success. -- Sun Tzu
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If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are. -- Sun Tzu
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It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results. -- Sun Tzu
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These are six ways of courting defeat, which must be carefully noted by the general who has attained a responsible post. -- Sun Tzu
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The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. -- Sun Tzu
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To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. -- Sun Tzu
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All battles are won before they start. -- Sun Tzu
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Great results, can be achieved with small forces. -- Sun Tzu
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So the principles of warfare are: Do not depend on the enemy not coming, but depend on our readiness against him. Do not depend on the enemy not attacking, but depend on our position that cannot be attacked. -- Sun Tzu
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The control of a large force is the same principle
as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up
their numbers. -- Sun Tzu
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Be where your enemy is not. -- Sun Tzu
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When the outlook is bright, bring it before their eyes; but tell them nothing when the situation is gloomy. -- Sun Tzu
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If quick, I survive. If not quick, I am lost. This is death. -- Sun Tzu
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The General who in advancing does not seek personal fame, and in withdrawing is not concerned with avoiding punishment, but whose only purpose is to protect the people and promote the best interests of his sovereign, is the precious jewel of the state. -- Sun Tzu
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The best military policy is to attack strategies; the next to attack alliances; the next to attack soldiers. -- Sun Tzu
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He who knows things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them not, nor practices them, will surely be defeated. -- Sun Tzu
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If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things. -- Sun Tzu
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He must be able to mystify his officers and men by false reports and appearances, and thus keep them in total ignorance. -- Sun Tzu
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If you are situated at a great distance from the enemy, and the strength of the two armies is equal, it is not easy to provoke a battle, and fighting will be to your disadvantage. -- Sun Tzu
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Of old the expert in battle would first make himself invincible and then wait for his enemy to expose his vulnerability. -- Sun Tzu
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Should one ask: 'how do I cope with a well-ordered enemy host about to attack me?' I reply: seize something he cherishes and he will conform to your desires. -- Sun Tzu
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So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak. -- Sun Tzu
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All war is based on deception. -- Sun Tzu
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If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril. -- Sun Tzu
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If their forces are substantial, prepare for them; if their forces are strong, avoid them. -- Sun Tzu
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Swift as the wind. Quiet as the forest. Conquer like the fire. Steady as the mountain -- Sun Tzu
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Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, nor by any deductive calculation. -- Sun Tzu
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Generally in war the best policy is to take a state intact; to ruin it is inferior to this. -- Sun Tzu
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Solving large, difficult problems may earn you a reputation for skillful negotiation, but Sun Tzu asserts that this supposed achievement is actually a form of failure, and having true wisdom means preventing difficult problems from arising in the first place. Ironically, -- Sun Tzu
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If a general shows confidence in his men but always insists on his orders being obeyed, the gain will be mutual. -- Sun Tzu
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I have heard that the ancients used bows and arrows to their advantage. -- Sun Tzu
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The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy. -- Sun Tzu
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Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground
over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation
to the foe whom he is facing. -- Sun Tzu
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Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and you know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and you know Earth, you may make your victory complete. -- Sun Tzu
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He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponents is sure to be captured by them. -- Sun Tzu
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Winning Strategists are certain of triumph before seeking a challenge. Losing Strategists are certain to challenge before seeking a triumph. -- Sun Tzu
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The only chance of life lies in giving up all hope of it. -- Sun Tzu
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He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. -- Sun Tzu
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The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands -- Sun Tzu
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When he pretends to flee, do not pursue. -- Sun Tzu
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All wars are won or lost before they are ever fought. -- Sun Tzu
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Of all rewards none [is] more liberal than those given to secret agents. -- Sun Tzu
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EARTH comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and death. -- Sun Tzu
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8. EARTH comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and death. 9. The COMMANDER stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerely, benevolence, courage and strictness. -- Sun Tzu
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Disorder came from order, fear came from courage, weakness came from strength. -- Sun Tzu
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Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is deficient. -- Sun Tzu
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Know the enemy, know yourself and victory is never in doubt, not in a hundred battles. -- Sun Tzu
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It is sufficient to estimate the enemy situation correctly and to concentrate your strength to capture him. There is no more to it than this. He who lacks foresight and underestimates his enemy will surely be captured by him. -- Sun Tzu
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Neither is it the acme of excellence if you fight and conquer and the whole Empire says, "Well done! -- Sun Tzu
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All war is deception. -- Sun Tzu
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According to my assessment, even if you have many more troops than others, how can that help you to victory? -- Sun Tzu
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Those who excel in war first cultivate their own humanity and and maintain their laws and institutions. By these means they make their governments invincible. -- Sun Tzu
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There are routes not to be followed, armies not to be attacked, citadels not to be besieged, territory not to be fought over. -- Sun Tzu
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Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical. -- Sun Tzu
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In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack
the
direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to
an endless series of maneuvers. -- Sun Tzu
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The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals. Hence his ability to pick out the right men and utilize combined energy -- Sun Tzu
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Ground on which we can only be saved from destruction by fighting without delay, is desperate ground. -- Sun Tzu
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[I]t contains a great deal that Sun Tzu did not write, and very little indeed of what he did. -- Sun Tzu
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By reinforcing every part, he weakens every part. -- Sun Tzu
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All warfare is based on deception. -- Sun Tzu
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Sweat more during peace: bleed less during war -- Sun Tzu
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There is an intelligent way to eat a live frog - I just don't know what it is. -- Sun Tzu
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Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him. -- Sun Tzu
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To Subdue an enemy without fighting is the greatest of skills -- Sun Tzu
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The greatest victory is that which requires no battle. -- Sun Tzu
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The peak efficiency of knowledge and strategy is to make conflict unnecessary. -- Sun Tzu
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The worst calamities that befall an army arise from hesitation -- Sun Tzu
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Do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat -- Sun Tzu
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Victory in war is apparent to all, but the science of ensuring victory is a mysterious secret, generally unknown. -- Sun Tzu
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He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious. -- Sun Tzu