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Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
Sun Tzu
A leader leads by example not by force.
Sun Tzu
To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.
Sun Tzu
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Sun Tzu
If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him.
Sun Tzu
The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities... It is best to win without fighting.
Sun Tzu
Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization.
Sun Tzu
Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.
Sun Tzu
When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of its momentum. When the strike of a hawk breaks the body of its prey, it is because of timing.
Sun Tzu
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
Sun Tzu
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.
Sun Tzu
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
Sun Tzu
One defends when his strength is inadaquate, he attacks when it is abundant
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
Sun Tzu
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
Sun Tzu
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
Sun Tzu
A skilled commander seeks victory from the situation and does not demand it of his subordinates.
Sun Tzu
It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperilled in every single battle
Sun Tzu
He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.
Sun Tzu
A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
Sun Tzu
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
Sun Tzu
All warfare is based on deception.
Sun Tzu
To a surrounded enemy, you must leave a way of escape.
Sun Tzu
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Sun Tzu
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
Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is master of his enemy's fate.
Sun Tzu
For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.
Sun Tzu
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.
Sun Tzu
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
And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.
Sun Tzu
If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders ARE clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.
Sun Tzu
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
Sun Tzu
Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions.
Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu Biography
Born: 544 B.C.E.
Died: 496 B.C.E..

Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military general and philosopher. He is mostly recognized as being the author of the very popular book, "the Art of War."
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