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Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
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He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
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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.
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Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.
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To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence.
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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.
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He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
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Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.
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Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
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A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory.
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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.
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Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
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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.
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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.
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There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
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