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All Quotes by author - Sun Tzu
" A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame. "
" All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. "
" Balk the enemy's power; force him to reveal himself. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards. "
" For 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious. "
" He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious. "
" He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. "
" He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. "
" He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. "
" 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. "
" If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near. "
" If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. "
" If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him. "
" 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. "
" Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories. "
" Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. "
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