Quotes on Power:
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Let your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.
Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.
“You have to believe in yourself.”
Quotes on Life:
A wise general makes a point of foraging of the enemy.
If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.
The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.
There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.
Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise, for the result is waste of time and general stagnation.
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
The skillful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.
Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.
The peak efficiency of knowledge and strategy is to make conflict unnecessary.
Sun Tzu was a Chinese military strategist, writer and philosopher. Sun Tzu is credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking. Sun Tzu is revered as a legendary historical and military figure in Chinese and East Asian culture.
The Art of War has been an influence for many notable figures. Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist leader, partially credited his 1949 victory over Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang to The Art of War. The work influenced Mao’s writings about guerrilla warfare, which further influenced communist insurgencies around the world.
The Art of War was also popular among Japanese generals like Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu and it significantly affected the unification of Japan in the early modern era.
Ho Chi Minh, the legendary Vietnamese revolutionary, translated the work for his Vietnamese officers to study. Võ Nguyên Giáp, Minh’s general and the strategist behind victories over French and American forces in Vietnam, was a practitioner of Sun Tzu’s ideas.