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Sun Tzu quotes

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.

Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

All war is deception.

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

You have to believe in yourself.

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

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

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.

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

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

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

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.

Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.