Top Ten Art of War Quotes by Sun Tzu

#1 – “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

#2 – “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”

#3 – “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

#4 – “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

#5 – “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 .”

#6- “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

#7 – “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.”

# 8  – “Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive, knowing yourself enables you to stand on the defensive.”

#9 – “The skillful tactician may be likened to the shuai-jan. Now the shuai-jan is a snake that is found in the Ch’ang mountains. Strike at its head, and you will be attacked by its tail; strike at its tail, and you will be attacked by its head; strike at its middle, and you will be attacked by head and tail both.”

#10 – “Hence a commander who advances without any thought of winning personal fame and withdraws in spite of certain punishment, whose only concern is to protect his people and promote the interests of his ruler, is the nation’s treasure. Because he fusses over his men as if they were infants, they will accompany him into the deepest valleys; because he fusses over his men as if they were his own beloved sons, they will die by his side. If he is generous with them and yet they do not do as he tells them, if he loves them and yet they do not obey his commands, if he is so undisciplined with them that he cannot bring them into proper order, they will be like spoiled children who can be put to no good use at all.”

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