Sun Tzu Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Sun Tzu Quotes and Sayings

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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    All war is based on deception. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    All war is deception. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    All warfare is based on deception. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Opportunities multiply as they are seized. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF
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    You have to believe in yourself. Sun Tzu | Refcard PDF






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