Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
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.
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands
He who wishes to fight must first count the cost
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
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.
When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.
If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.
He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
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