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quote by Sun Tzu: In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power.

--Sun Tzu

Longer Version:

In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power. It is sufficient to estimate the enemy situation correctly and to concentrate your strength to capture him. There is no more to it than this. He who lacks foresight and underestimates his enemy will surely be captured by him.



quote by Sun Tzu: The crux of military operations lies in the pretense of accommodating one's self to the designs of the enemy. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

The crux of military operations lies in the pretense of accommodating one's self to the designs of the enemy.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: It is a doctrine of war not to assume the enemy will not come, but rather to rely on one's readiness to meet him; not to presume that he will not attack, but rather to make one's self invincible. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

It is a doctrine of war not to assume the enemy will not come, but rather to rely on one's readiness to meet him; not to presume that he will not attack, but rather to make one's self invincible.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: With regard to ground of this nature, be before the enemy in occupying the raised and sunny spots, and carefully guard your line of supplies. Then you will be able to fight with advantage. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

With regard to ground of this nature, be before the enemy in occupying the raised and sunny spots, and carefully guard your line of supplies. Then you will be able to fight with advantage.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: With regard to precipitous heights, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny spots, and there wait for him to come up. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

With regard to precipitous heights, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny spots, and there wait for him to come up.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: A sovereign of high character and intelligence must be able to know the right man, should place the responsibility on him, and expect results. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

A sovereign of high character and intelligence must be able to know the right man, should place the responsibility on him, and expect results.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: When one treats people with benevolence, justice and righteousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

When one treats people with benevolence, justice and righteousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: Thus the skilful general conducts his army just as though he were leading a single man, willy-nilly, by the hand. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Thus the skilful general conducts his army just as though he were leading a single man, willy-nilly, by the hand.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: He who is not sage and wise, humane and just, cannot use secret agent.s. And he who is not delicate and subtle cannot get the truth out of them. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

He who is not sage and wise, humane and just, cannot use secret agent.s. And he who is not delicate and subtle cannot get the truth out of them.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: In warfare, first lay plans which will ensure victory, and then lead your army to battle; if you will not begin with stratagem but rely on brute strength alone, victory will no longer be assured. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

In warfare, first lay plans which will ensure victory, and then lead your army to battle; if you will not begin with stratagem but rely on brute strength alone, victory will no longer be assured.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: For the wise man delights in establishing his merit, the brave man likes to show his courage in action, the covetous man is quick at seizing advantages, and the stupid man has no fear of death. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

For the wise man delights in establishing his merit, the brave man likes to show his courage in action, the covetous man is quick at seizing advantages, and the stupid man has no fear of death.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.

--Sun Tzu


quote by Sun Tzu: 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. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

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.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Amid the turmoil and tumult of battle, there may be seeming disorder and yet no real disorder at all. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Amid the turmoil and tumult of battle, there may be seeming disorder and yet no real disorder at all.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to engagement, surprising actions generally lead to victory. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to engagement, surprising actions generally lead to victory.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Unless you enter the tiger's lair, you cannot get hold of the tiger's cub's. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Unless you enter the tiger's lair, you cannot get hold of the tiger's cub's.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: If you fight with all your might, there is a chance of life; where as death is certain if you cling to your corner. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

If you fight with all your might, there is a chance of life; where as death is certain if you cling to your corner.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.

--Sun Tzu

Longer Version:

When the enemy is at ease, be able to weary him; when well fed, to starve him; when at rest, to make him move. Appear at places to which he must hasten; move swiftly where he does not expect you.


quote by Sun Tzu: He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

He who wishes to fight must first count the cost.

--Sun Tzu

Longer Version:

He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.


quote by Sun Tzu: Know yourself and you will win all battles. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Know yourself and you will win all battles.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: If you are situated at a great distance from the enemy, and the strength of the two armies is equal, it is not easy to provoke a battle, and fighting will be to your disadvantage. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

If you are situated at a great distance from the enemy, and the strength of the two armies is equal, it is not easy to provoke a battle, and fighting will be to your disadvantage.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: The dance of battle is always played to the same impatient rhythm. What begins in a surge of violent motion is always reduced to the perfectly still. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

The dance of battle is always played to the same impatient rhythm. What begins in a surge of violent motion is always reduced to the perfectly still.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: A warrior who is prepared to fight must also be prepared to die. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

A warrior who is prepared to fight must also be prepared to die.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: You can prevent your opponent from defeating you through defense, but you cannot defeat him without taking the offensive. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

You can prevent your opponent from defeating you through defense, but you cannot defeat him without taking the offensive.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

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

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not be swayed by petty doubts. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not be swayed by petty doubts.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot , will be victorious . with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

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

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory.

--Sun Tzu

Longer Version:

In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory. Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are inexhaustible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and streams; like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away to return once more.


quote by Sun Tzu: Fierce language and pretentious advances are signs that the enemy is about to retreat. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Fierce language and pretentious advances are signs that the enemy is about to retreat.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: In the midst of difficulties we are always ready to seize an advantage, we may extricate ourselves from misfortune. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

In the midst of difficulties we are always ready to seize an advantage, we may extricate ourselves from misfortune.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face death, there is nothing they may not achieve. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face death, there is nothing they may not achieve.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: Hence the saying: The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Hence the saying: The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: What enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

What enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: If the enemy has occupied them before you, do not follow him, but retreat and try to entice him away. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

If the enemy has occupied them before you, do not follow him, but retreat and try to entice him away.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him.

--Sun Tzu


quote by Sun Tzu: Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

O divine art of subtlety and secrecy!

--Sun Tzu

Longer Version:

O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands.


quote by Sun Tzu: Hence the saying: One may know how to conquer without being able to do it. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Hence the saying: One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: Hence the experienced soldier, once in motion, is never bewildered; once he has broken camp, he is never at a loss. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Hence the experienced soldier, once in motion, is never bewildered; once he has broken camp, he is never at a loss.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: Bring war material with you from home, but forage on the enemy... use the conquered foe to augment one's own strength. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Bring war material with you from home, but forage on the enemy... use the conquered foe to augment one's own strength.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: Ground which can be abandoned but is hard to re-occupy is called entangling. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Ground which can be abandoned but is hard to re-occupy is called entangling.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: The skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

The skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting.

--Sun Tzu

Longer Version:

The skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.



quote by Sun Tzu: When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: In war, practice dissimulation and you will succeed. with background image: silhouette of soldiers
Background Photo: Duncan Kidd

In war, practice dissimulation and you will succeed.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: They spies cannot be properly managed without benevolence and straightforwardness. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

They spies cannot be properly managed without benevolence and straightforwardness.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline; thus it is in his power to control success. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline; thus it is in his power to control success.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands.

--Sun Tzu

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Sun Tzu: Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Knowledge of the enemy's dispositions can only be obtained from other men. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Knowledge of the enemy's dispositions can only be obtained from other men.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night.

--Sun Tzu

Longer Version:

Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.



quote by Sun Tzu: Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: When I have won a victory I do not repeat my tactics but respond to circumstances in an infinite variety of ways. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

When I have won a victory I do not repeat my tactics but respond to circumstances in an infinite variety of ways.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak. with background image: man in black and brown camouflage uniform holding red smoke
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So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.

--Sun Tzu

Longer Version:

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak. Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing.


quote by Sun Tzu: Who does not know the evils of war cannot appreciate its benefits. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Who does not know the evils of war cannot appreciate its benefits.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: He who knows things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them not, nor practices them, will surely be defeated. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

He who knows things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them not, nor practices them, will surely be defeated.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: As water has no constant form, there are in war no constant conditions. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

As water has no constant form, there are in war no constant conditions.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: In warfare, there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent will succeed and win. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

In warfare, there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent will succeed and win.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.

--Sun Tzu

quote by Sun Tzu: Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength.

--Sun Tzu
quote by Sun Tzu: 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. with background image: photo of author Sun Tzu with quote

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

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