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Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
by Sun Tzu

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

Related topics: Motivational Business Government Political War

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- 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 Tzu

 

There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
- Sun Tzu

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not,
will be victorious.
- Sun Tzu

The expert in battle seeks his victory
from strategic advantage
and does not demand it from his men.
- Sun Tzu

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All war is deception.
- Sun Tzu

For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy,
they must also have their rewards.
- Sun Tzu

There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
- Sun Tzu

All warfare is based on deception.
- Sun Tzu

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.
- Sun Tzu

Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise
general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their
achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.
- 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

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles
is not the acme of skill.
To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
- Sun Tzu

When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths,
it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.
- Sun Tzu

If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself,
you are certain to be in peril.
- Sun Tzu

If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not
fear the results of a hundred battles.
- Sun Tzu

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war,
while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
- Sun Tzu

You have to believe in yourself.
- Sun Tzu

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot,
will be victorious.
- Sun Tzu

Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's
resistance without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.
- Sun Tzu

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

The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution.
- Sun Tzu

In the practical art of war, the best thing of all
is to take the enemy's country whole and intact;
to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
- Sun Tzu

Know thy self, know thy enemy.
A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
- Sun Tzu

Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts.
Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared.
- Sun Tzu

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.
- Sun Tzu

The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands,
but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
- Sun Tzu

To see victory only when it is within the ken of the
common herd is not the acme of excellence.
- Sun Tzu

Secret operations are essential in war;
upon them the army relies to make its every move.
- Sun Tzu

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop
of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.
- Sun Tzu

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer,
but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
- Sun Tzu

Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
- Sun Tzu

Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only
seeks battle after the victory has been won,
whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and
afterwards looks for victory.
- Sun Tzu

If our soldiers are not overburdened with money,
it is not because they have a distaste for riches;
if their lives are not unduly long,
it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.
- Sun Tzu

All war is based on deception.
- Sun Tzu

Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent
does not know what to defend;
and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
- Sun Tzu

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
- Sun Tzu

The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond
the possibility of defeat,
and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
- Sun Tzu

It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general
who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying,
and thereby they achieve great results.
- Sun Tzu

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight
a hundred battles without disaster.
- Sun Tzu

Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility
of victory in the attack.
- Sun Tzu

The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man,
the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.
- Sun Tzu

It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come
to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you.
Give them instructions and care for them.
Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.
- Sun Tzu

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.
- Sun Tzu

Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive;
plunge them into a deadly situation,
and they will then live.
When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.
- Sun Tzu

The general who advances without coveting fame and
retreats without fearing disgrace,
whose only thought is to protect his country and do
good service for his sovereign,
is the jewel of the kingdom.
- Sun Tzu

However beautiful the strategy,
you should occasionally look at the results.
- Winston Churchill

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.
- Susan Sontag

Clinton and Obama practice this politics known quaintly
as the Richard Speck strategy:
if you cannot take on everyone in the room at once,
take them out of the room one at a time.
- Grover Norquist

Where Joe was more vocal and emotional whereas Chuck was very reserved.
But, both of them executed great strategy and both
of them demanded a lot of their players.
- Franco Harris

But it is not conscious strategy to go for unconventional roles.
- Anil Kapoor

The President, the Administration and the campaign need a theme.
I am concerned that the President is seen as a tactician
without an overall strategy of his plan for the country.
- Robert Teeter

Our strategy is one of preventing war by making it
self-evident to our enemies that they're going to get
their clocks cleaned if they start one.
- John W. Vessey, Jr.

Living in the past is a Jethro Tull album,
not a smart poker strategy.
- Richard Roeper

Our strategy should be to strengthen the hand of moderate Muslims.
- Gijs de Vries

The object of China's strategy is inexorably to supplant
the United States as the world's premier economic power,
and if necessary, to defeat us militarily.
- Frank Gaffney

It is necessary to develop a strategy that utilizes
all the physical conditions and elements that are directly at hand.
The best strategy relies upon an unlimited set of responses.
- Morihei Ueshiba

That strategy of racing for the top five and racing
for the win is where everybody wants to be.
- Dale Earnhardt

That strategy of buy and hold, which is the sound and
sensible one for the individual,
can have very dangerous and perverse effects for the market as a whole.
- Ron Chernow

Memo to White House: Calling voters stupid is not a winning strategy.
- Karl Rove

There's a fundamental distinction between strategy
and operational effectiveness.
- Michael Porter

I agree with the President that second-guessing is not a strategy,
but at the same time, I want to continue the dialogue
that ultimately will lead to bringing all of our troops home.
- Howard Coble

The biggest mistakes, early on, involved foreign policy
and involved the strategy for health care.
- Sidney Blumenthal

So companies have to be very schizophrenic.
On one hand, they have to maintain continuity of strategy.
But they also have to be good at continuously improving.
- Michael Porter

If Americans could legally access prescription drugs
outside the United States,
then drug companies would be forced to re-evaluate their pricing strategy.
- Chuck Grassley

The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic
is a special strategy that a person invents in order
to live in an unlivable situation.
- R. D. Laing

I think we have to notice that the business processes
we use right now for thinking and planning and budgeting
and strategy are all delivered on very tight agendas.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

The new strategy is to teach intelligent design without
calling it intelligent design.
- Kenneth Miller


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