Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.
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.
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
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.
Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him.
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.
He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men.
He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.
What enables the enlightened rulers and good generals to conquer the enemy at every move and achieve extraordinary success is foreknowledge.
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
All war is deception.
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
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.
He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
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