Sun Tzu Quotes

To a surrounded enemy, you must leave a way of escape.

Sun Tzu

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.

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Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.

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The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.

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If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result is victory, then you must not fight, even at the ruler's bidding.

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Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.

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One who sets the entire army in motion to chase an advantage will not attain it.

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All war is based on deception.

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When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.

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Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.

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The proximity of an army causes prices to go up; and high prices cause people's substance to be drained away. When their substance is drained away, they will be afflicted by heavy exactions. With this loss of substance and exhaustion of strength, the homes of the people will be stripped bare, and their incomes dissipated.

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Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

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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.

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Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the Attack.

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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.

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