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Quickness is the essence... Quickness is the essence of the war.
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Regard your soldiers as... 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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Rewards for good service... Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day. 
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Rouse him, and learn... Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots. 
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Secret operations are essential... Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
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So in war, the... So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak. 
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Strategy without tactics is... Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
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Supreme excellence consists in... Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
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The art of war... The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.
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The art of war... 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.
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The enlightened ruler is... The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution.
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The general who advances... 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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The general who wins... 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 good fighters of... The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
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The greatest victory is... The greatest victory is that which requires no battle. 
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The opportunity to secure... 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 quality of decision... 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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The skillful tactician may... The skillful tactician may be likened to the shuai-jan. Now the shuai-jan is a snake that is found in the Ch'ang mountains. Strike at its head, and you will be attacked by its tail; strike at its tail, and you will be attacked by its head; strike at its middle, and you will be attacked by head and tail both. 
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The supreme art of... The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
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The whole secret lies... The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent. 
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The wise warrior avoids... The wise warrior avoids the battle. 
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There are not more... There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
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There are roads which... There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed. 
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There has never been... There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
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There is no instance... There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
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Those skilled at making... Those skilled at making the enemy move do so by creating a situation to which he must conform; they entice him with something he is certain to take, and with lures of ostensible profit they await him in strength. 
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Thus it is that... 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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Thus the expert in... Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him. 
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Thus, what is of... Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
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To fight and conquer... 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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To fight and conquer... To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. 
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To know your Enemy,... To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy. 
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To see victory only... 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 win one hundred... 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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Treat your men as... Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley. 
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Ultimate excellence lies not... Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting. 
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Victorious warriors win first... 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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Victory usually goes to... Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men.
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What the ancients called... What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. 
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Wheels of justice gind... Wheels of justice gind slow but grind fine 
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When envoys are sent... When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.
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When one treats people... When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteoousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders'. 
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When strong, avoid them.... When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. 
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When the enemy is... When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move. 
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When you surround an... When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard. 
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When your army has... When your army has crossed the border, you should burn your boats and bridges, in order to make it clear to everybody that you have no hankering after home. 
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who does not know... who does not know the evils of war cannot appreciate its benefits 
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who wishes to fight... who wishes to fight must first count the cost 
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You have to believe... You have to believe in yourself.  
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