Sun Tzu Quotes and Sayings

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

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

Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy. ~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

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

All warfare is based on deception. ~Sun Tzu

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

You have to believe in yourself. ~Sun Tzu

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

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. ~Sun Tzu

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

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

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

There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. ~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

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

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

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

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

The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. ~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

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