Sun Tzu Quotes (displaying: 1 - 30 of 129 quotes)
If I determine the enemy's disposition of forces while I have no perceptible form, I can concentrate my forces while the enemy is fragmented. The pinnacle of military deployment approaches the formless: if it is formless, then even the deepest spy cannot discern it nor the wise make plans against it.
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.
No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify hisown spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique. If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, staywhere you are. Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeededby content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come againinto being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.