A skilled commander seeks victory from the situation and does not demand it of his subordinates.
Sun Tzu: Art of War Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter
Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is master of his enemy's fate.
He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.
Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of its momentum. When the strike of a hawk breaks the body of its prey, it is because of timing.
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.
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.
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.
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.
Swift as the wind. Quiet as the forest. Conquer like the fire. Steady as the mountain.
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.