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.
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.
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
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.
Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution.
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