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“All warfare is based on deception.”
“In peace prepare for war, in war prepare for peace. The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence under no circumstances can it be neglected...”
“Knowledge of the spirit world can be obtained by divination; information in natural science may be sought by inductive reasoning; the laws of the universe can be verified by mathematical calculation; but the dispositions of the enemy are ascertainable through spies and spies alone.”
“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. No ruler should put troops into the field 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. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles”
“In war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak”
“The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals”
“When you surround an army, leave an outlet free”
“Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.”
“Attaining one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the pinnacle of excellence. Subjugating the enemy's army without fighting is the true pinnacle of excellence.”
“No country has ever profited from protracted warfare. Those who do not thoroughly comprehend the dangers inherent in employing the army are incapable of truly knowing the potential advantages of military actions”
“Knowledge of the enemy’s disposition can only be obtained from other men. Knowledge of the spirit world is to be obtained by the divination; information in natural science may be sought by inductive reasoning; the laws of the universe can be verified by mathematical calculations; but the dispositions of the enemy are ascertainable through spies and spies alone.”
“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”Sun Tzu
“There is no instance in which a country has benigited from prolong warfare”
BOOK 1: Considerations and Estimations for War
BOOK 2: Preparations for War
BOOK 3: The Nature of Attacks
BOOK 4: How to Think of War
BOOK 5: Using the Power of Heaven
BOOK 6: Fortitude and Frailty
BOOK 7: Manipulation of Circumstance
BOOK 8: Variations of Reality in War
BOOK 9: The Virtue of Changing Positions
BOOK 10: Control and Maintenance of Territory
BOOK 11: Conduction and Managing Campaigns
BOOK 12: Fierceness in Combat
BOOK 13: Spies and Traitors
1. Laying Plans
2. Waging War
3. Attack by Stratagem
4. Tactical Dispositions
6. Weak Points and Strong
8. Vatiation in Tactics
9. The Army on the March
11. The Nine Situations
12. The Attack by Fire
13. The Use of Spies
Ch. 1, Saying 16 "While heading the profit of my counsel...." should be "While heeding the profit of my counsel...." This error is copied into many subsequent editions of this book by different publishers.
Ch. 10, Saying 18 "when there are no fixes duties assigned to officers and men" should be(?) "when there are no FIXED duties assigned to officers and men" This error is copied into many subsequent editions of this book by different publishers.
Ch. 12, Saying 16 "kits" should be "knits"
In commentary after Ch. 13, Saying 2, "agreement" should be "argument"
In commentary after Ch. 13, Saying 10 "march" should be "marched"
In commentary after Ch. 13, Saying 11 "sun" should be "son"
In commentary after Ch. 13, Saying 12 "thing" should be "things"
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