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

The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

All war is deception.

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.

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?

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.

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

Prohibit the taking of omens and do away with superstitious doubts. Then until death itself comes no calamity need be feared.

There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.

All warfare is based on deception.

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