Sun Tzu Quotes

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Sun Tzu Quotes

  • Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
  • It is more important to out-think your enemy than to outfight him
  • When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.
  • Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.
  • For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.
  • Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.
  • Violent language and driving forward as if to the attack are signs that he will retreat.
  • Who wishes to fight must first count the cost.
  • The skillful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.
  • In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.
  • The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.
  • Be where your enemy is not.
  • He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
  • He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
  • Do not press an enemy at bay.
  • When the outlook is bright, bring it before their eyes; but tell them nothing when the situation is gloomy.
  • Great results can be achieved with small forces.
  • If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.
  • To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.
  • Quickness is the essence of the war.
  • You have to believe in yourself.
  • Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
  • Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.
  • Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
  • Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.
  • Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
  • We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors.
  • One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.
  • In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.
  • Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trustworthiness, humaneness, courage, and sternness.
  • 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.
  • Let your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
  • All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
  • What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.
  • Never venture, never win!
  • There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.
  • Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of the trigger.
  • The wise warrior avoids the battle.
  • All war is deception.
  • If quick, I survive. If not quick, I am lost. This is death.
  • Sweat more during peace: bleed less during war.
  • 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.
  • The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.
  • The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
  • Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
  • Who does not know the evils of war cannot appreciate its benefits.
  • If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
  • A wise general makes a point of foraging of the enemy.
  • Correct your mistake as soon as you have found it.
  • Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength.
  • Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
  • When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.
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  • If you are strong, appear weak. But if you are weak, appear strong.
  • If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.
  • Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.
  • You have to believe in yourself.
  • Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger
  • Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
  • The height of strategy is to attack your opponent’s strategy.
  • 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.
  • He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
  • To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
  • Who wishes to fight must first count the cost.
  • The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.
  • If you fight with all your might, there is a chance of life; where as death is certain if you cling to your corner.
  • There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.
  • Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.
  • When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.
  • Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
  • What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins but excels in winning with ease.
  • Wheels of justice grind slow but grind fine.
  • He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
  • 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.
  • It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.
  • Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.
  • All wars are won or lost before they are ever fought.
  • Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.
  • The peak efficiency of knowledge and strategy is to make conflict unnecessary.
  • He wins his battles by making no mistakes.
  • One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.
  • Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
  • If there is disturbance in the camp, the general’s authority is weak.
  • The worst calamities that befall an army arise from hesitation.
  • If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.
  • One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.
  • The difficulty of tactical maneuvering consists in turning the devious into the direct, and misfortune into gain.
  • Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.
  • Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy. Do not interfere with an army that is returning home.
  • If the enemy know not where he will be attacked, he must prepare in every quarter, and so be everywhere weak.
  • Know the enemy, know yourself and victory is never in doubt, not in a hundred battles.
  • Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm.
  • Every animal with blood in its veins and horns on its head will fight when it is attacked.
  • The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.
  • The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
  • If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him.
  • The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not to be swayed by petty doubts.
  • I have heard that in war haste can be folly, but have never seen delay that was wise.
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  • If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
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