Art of War

Sun Tzu quotes (showing 1-30 of 198)

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“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” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War, Special Edition
“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.”
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“All warfare is based on deception.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer” 
― Sun Tzu
“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“A leader leads by example, not by force” 
― Sun Tzu
“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” 
― Sun Tzu
“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.” 
― Sun Tzu
“know yourself and you will win all battles” 
― Sun Tzu
“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.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“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.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.” 
― Sun Tzu
“You have to believe in yourself. ” 
― Sun Tzu
“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. ” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“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 TzuSun-Tzu: The Art of Warfare
“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.” 
― Sun Tzu
“Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent s fate.” 
― Sun Tzu
“If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.” 
― Sun Tzu
“When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteoousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders'.” 
― Sun Tzu
“One may know how to conquer without being able to do it. ” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
“When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.” 
― Sun TzuThe Art of War

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