Facts about Sun Tzu

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Summary

Sun Tzu is a famous Philosopher from China, he/she is 121 years old and still alive, born .

Our collection contains 43 quotes who is written / told by Sun, under the main topics: Imagination, Leadership, War.

Famous quotes by Sun Tzu (43)


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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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"The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution"
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"The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man"
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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"
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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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"Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared"
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"Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance"
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"Opportunities multiply as they are seized"
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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"
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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"
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"Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster"
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"Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories"
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"You have to believe in yourself"
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"When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce"
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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"
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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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"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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"Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy"
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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"
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"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat"
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"Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move"
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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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"If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles"
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"If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near"
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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"
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"If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril"
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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"
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"He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious"
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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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"For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards"
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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"
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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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"All warfare is based on deception"
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"All war is based on deception"
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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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"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"
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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"
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"Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack"
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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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"He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious"
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"Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?"
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"There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare"
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"All war is deception"


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