Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy. 

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You have to believe in yourself.

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

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.

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.

Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and you know yourself your victory will not stand in doubt, if you now Heaven and you know Earth you may make your victory complete.

If ignorant, both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.

If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.

Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.

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.

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.

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.

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.

Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

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

All war is based on deception.

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.

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

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