“All warfare is based on deception.”
March 2, 2014
“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.”"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."
“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.”“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.”“There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.”
“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”“Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.”
“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.“To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.”
There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.
There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.”
“Who wishes to fight must first count the cost”“Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm”
“If his forces are united, separate them.”“No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.
Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content.
“It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.”“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.”
“Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will.”“Therefore the skilful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.”
“Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain.”
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