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The supreme art of war is
by Sun Tzu

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

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Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
- Sun Tzu

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

All war is deception.
- Sun Tzu

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Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
- Sun Tzu

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

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

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

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

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

All warfare is based on deception.
- Sun Tzu

All war is based on deception.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
- 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

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

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

You have to believe in yourself.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 supreme happiness of life
is the conviction of being loved for yourself,
or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.
- Victor Hugo

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme.
Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful.
Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just.
Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
- Lao Tzu

I do not believe in the God of the theologians;
but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.
- Thomas Edison

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Supreme Court's only armor is the cloak of public trust;
its sole ammunition,
the collective hopes of our society.
- Irving R. Kaufman

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme
experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality
the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for
going out of himself toward someone else.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

Of all human activities, man's listening to God is
the supreme act of his reasoning and will.
- Pope Paul VI

It is money, money, money!
Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics.
- Robert Byrd

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- Sophocles

Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court he ceases to be your friend.
- Harry S. Truman

At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme
power rests with the most abandoned.
- Georges Jacques Danton

In the Brown decision, the United States Supreme Court
unanimously struck down the legal and moral footing
of racially segregated public education in this country.
- Bobby Scott

France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme.
- Matthew Arnold

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer -
and often the supreme disappointment.
- Ansel Adams

If it's a close election, then it's better for the
Supreme Court to pick the president,
whether or not he won the election.
It's just insane on its face.
- Vincent Bugliosi

It would be unthinkable in Canadian public life today
for the public inauguration of our supreme political
figures to be accompanied by prayer.
- Stockwell Day

Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure -
that of being Salvador Dali.
- Salvador Dali

It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme
force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

American democracy must be a failure because it places
the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and
most ignorant part of the society.
- Thomas Babington


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