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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. Sun Tzu
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The expert in battle seeks his victory from strategic advantage and does not demand it from his men. Sun Tzu
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It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled 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 imperiled in every single battle. Sun Tzu
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In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory. In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack.. the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of maneuvers. Sun Tzu
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He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. Sun Tzu
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Act after having made assessments. The one who first knows the measure of far and near wins - this is the rule of armed struggle. Sun Tzu
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Hence the saying: The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources. Sun Tzu
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There are three ways in which a ruler can bring misfortune on his army: By commanding the army to advance or to retreat, being ignorant of the fact that it cannot obey. This is called hobbling the army. By attempting to govern an army in the same way as he administers a kingdom, being ignorant of the conditions which obtain in an army. This causes restlessness in the soldier's minds. By employing the officers of his army without discrimination, through ignorance of the military principle of adaptation to circumstances. This shakes the confidence of the soldiers. Sun Tzu
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The good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy. Sun Tzu
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Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night... Sun Tzu
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A clever general... avoids an army when its spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to return. This is the art of studying moods. Disciplined and calm, he awaits the appearance of disorder and hubbub among the enemy. This is the art of retaining self-possession. Sun Tzu
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From a position of this sort, if the enemy is unprepared, you may sally forth and defeat him. But if the enemy is prepared for your coming, and you fail to defeat him, then, return being impossible, disaster will ensue. Sun Tzu
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All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are to lure him; feign disorder and strike him. When he concentrates, prepare against him; where he is strong, avoid him. Anger his general and confuse him. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. Sun Tzu
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One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant. Sun Tzu
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Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger. Sun Tzu
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Order or disorder depends on organisation; courage or cowardice on circumstances; strength or weakness on dispositions. Sun Tzu
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The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man. Sun Tzu
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All warfare is based on deception. If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If equally matched, fight and if not: split and re-evaluate. Sun Tzu
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The natural formation of the country is the soldier's best ally Sun Tzu
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Hostile armies may face each other for years, striving for the victory which is decided in a single day. This being so, to remain in ignorance of the enemy's condition simply because one grudges the outlay of a hundred ounces of silver in honors and emoluments, is the height of inhumanity. Sun Tzu
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He who wishes to fight must first count the cost Sun Tzu
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Opportunities multiply as they are seized. Sun Tzu
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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. Sun Tzu
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Invincibility is in oneself, and vulnerability is in the opponent. Invincibility is a matter of defense, vulnerability is a matter of attack. Therefore skillful warriors are able to be invincible, but they cannot cause opponents to be vulnerable. That is why it is said that victory is discerned and not manufactured. Sun Tzu
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Fighting with a large army under your command is nowise different from fighting with a small one: it is merely a question of instituting signs and signals. Sun Tzu
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To ... not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues. Sun Tzu
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It is sufficient to estimate the enemy situation correctly and to concentrate your strength to capture him. There is no more to it than this. He who lacks foresight and underestimates his enemy will surely be captured by him. Sun Tzu
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A warrior who is prepared to fight must also be prepared to die. Sun Tzu
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All warfare is based on deception. Sun Tzu
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There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. Sun Tzu
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Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move. Sun Tzu
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To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. Sun Tzu
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The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. Sun Tzu
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Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never peril. Sun Tzu
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If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler's bidding. Sun Tzu
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To a surrounded enemy, you must leave a way of escape. Sun Tzu
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When the general is weak and without authority; when his orders are not clear and distinct; when there are no fixed duties assigned to officers and men, and the ranks are formed in a slovenly haphazard manner, the result is utter disorganization. Sun Tzu
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Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical. Sun Tzu
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If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are. Sun Tzu
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Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, nor by any deductive calculation. Sun Tzu
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Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity. Sun Tzu
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Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business. Sun Tzu
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If those who are sent to draw water begin by drinking themselves, the army is suffering from thirst. Sun Tzu
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It is the business of a general to be quiet and thus ensure secrecy; upright and just, and thus maintain order. Sun Tzu
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O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Sun Tzu
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These are six ways of courting defeat, which must be carefully noted by the general who has attained a responsible post. Sun Tzu
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We may distinguish six kinds of terrain, to wit: (1) Accessible ground; (2) entangling ground; (3) temporising ground; (4) narrow passes; (5) precipitous heights; (6) positions at a great distance from the enemy. Sun Tzu
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An army may be likened to water, for just as flowing water avoids the heights and hastens to the lowlands, so an army avoids strength and strikes weakness. Sun Tzu
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All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Sun Tzu
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Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day. Sun Tzu
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Thus, though I have heard of successful military operations that were clumsy but swift, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays. Sun Tzu
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To capture an enemies army is better than to destroy it. Sun Tzu
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Know the enemy, know yourself; your victory will never be endangered. Know the ground, know the weather; your victory will then be total. Sun Tzu
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If this is long delayed, weapons are blunted and morale depressed. Sun Tzu
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There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. Sun Tzu
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A wise general makes a point of foraging of the enemy. Sun Tzu
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Appraise war in terms of the fundamental factors. The first of these factors is moral influence. Sun Tzu
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If I determine the enemy's disposition of forces while I have no perceptible form, I can concentrate my forces while the enemy is fragmented. The pinnacle of military deployment approaches the formless: if it is formless, then even the deepest spy cannot discern it nor the wise make plans against it. Sun Tzu
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Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack. Sun Tzu
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Like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away to return once more. Sun Tzu
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Nothing is more difficult than the art of maneuvering for advantageous positions. Sun Tzu
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Correct your mistake as soon as you have found it. Sun Tzu
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Rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him Sun Tzu
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So a military force has no constant formation, water has no constant shape: the ability to gain victory by changing and adapting according to the opponent is called genius. Sun Tzu
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There is no place where espionage is not possible. Sun Tzu
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If a battle can not be won do not fight it. Sun Tzu
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In executing an Artful Strategy: When ten times greater, surround them; When five times greater, attack them; When two times greater, scatter them. If the opponent is ready to challenge: When fewer in number, be ready to evade them; When unequal to the match, be ready to avoid them. Even when the smaller opponents have a strong position, the larger opponent will capture them. Sun Tzu
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Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. Sun Tzu
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The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom. Sun Tzu
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If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near. Sun Tzu
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