Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
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.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
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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