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The ultimate in disposing one's troops is to be without ascertainable shape. Then the
most penetrating spies cannot pry in nor can the wise lay plans against you.
Sun Tzu

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
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Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization.
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In peace prepare for war, in war prepare for peace.
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Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.
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Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the
deepest valley.
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Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
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To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence
consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
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Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move fall like a thunderbolt.
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Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
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The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is
fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
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When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.
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He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.
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Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise
before defeat.
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The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and
the stupid man.
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Appear weak when you are strong and strong when you are weak.
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There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
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Too frequent rewards indicate that the general is at the end of his resources; too frequent
punishments that he is in acute distress.
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What is essential in war is victory, not prolonged operations.
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Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus
he is master of his enemy's fate.
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All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out
of which victory is evolved.
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To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating
the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
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If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade
him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he
may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united,
separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him
where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
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He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
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If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.
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Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.
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To know your enemy, you must become your enemy.
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It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you
and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled
agents are recruited and used.
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You have to believe in yourself.
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If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then
the general is to blame. But, if orders are clear and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it
is the fault of their officers.
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Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
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He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
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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.
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If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.
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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.
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Where the army is, prices are high; when prices rise, the wealth of the people is exhausted.
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