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Sun Tzu, Chinese Philosopher ( - )

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The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.~Sun Tzu


Art War Enemy

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


War Self Enemy

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


Fear Yourself Enemy

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.~Sun Tzu


War Win Go

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.~Sun Tzu


Fight Yourself Enemy

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.~Sun Tzu


Arrogance Encourage

The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.~Sun Tzu


Art War Chance

He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.~Sun Tzu


Fight Win Will

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.~Sun Tzu


Fate You Director

A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame.~Sun Tzu


Good Fame Commander

Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.~Sun Tzu


Children Death Stand

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


Men Victory Strategy

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.~Sun Tzu


Life Art Death

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


Believe Enemy You

Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.~Sun Tzu


Success Victory Attack

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.~Sun Tzu


People Victory Fall

Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men.~Sun Tzu


Men Victory Better

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.~Sun Tzu


Battle Temple General

Quickness is the essence of the war.~Sun Tzu


War Essence Quickness

To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.~Sun Tzu


Excellence Fight Enemy

Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.~Sun Tzu


Know Attack Opponent

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


Decision Quality Strike

He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.~Sun Tzu


Win Army Same

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.~Sun Tzu


Fight Will Victorious

If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him.~Sun Tzu


Him Temper Opponent

The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.~Sun Tzu


Good Opportunity Enemy

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. ~Sun Tzu


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


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He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. ~Sun Tzu


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


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


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Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. ~Sun Tzu


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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. ~Sun Tzu


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


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


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A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame. ~Sun Tzu


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


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