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The Art of War 20 Quotes by Sun Tzu

 “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
 “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
 “Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.”
 “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
 “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win

 “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear 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.”
 “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 .”
 “The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.”
 “Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory:

1 He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. 
2 He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
3 He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. 
4 He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. 
5 He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.”

 “Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.”
 “Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”
 “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
 “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”
 “If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.”
 “Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”
 “Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”
 “Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive, knowing yourself enables you to stand on the defensive.”
 “Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.”
 “Never venture, never win!”