Sun Tzu

78Sun Tzu Quotes

Chinese Philosopher

Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. He is actually best known by an honorific which means "Master Sun"; his birth name was Sun Wu, and he was known outside of his family by his courtesy name Changqing. Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has impacted both Western and Eastern philosophy. Aside from his legacy as the author of The Art of War, Sun Tzu is revered in Chinese and Asian culture as a legendary historical figure... (source)

If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. view quote

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. view quote

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. view quote

A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame. view quote

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. view quote

Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories. view quote

Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations. view quote

If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory. view quote

Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack. view quote

To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. view quote

Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy. view quote

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. view quote

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. view quote

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