Sun Tzu Quotes


59 Sun Tzu quotes:



"The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim."
"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."
"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."
"Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories."
"Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the Attack."
"If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near."
"Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."
"He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious."
"For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards."
"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."
"If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril."
"All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved."
"Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
"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."
"When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce."
"To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
"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."
"All warfare is based on deception."
"There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare."
"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."



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