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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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.
Thus what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
The enlightened ruler is heedful and the good general full of caution.
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
Secret operations are essential in war, upon them the army relies to make its every move.
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
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.
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.
For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.