who does not know the evils of war cannot appreciate its benefits
He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponents is sure to be captured by them.
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.
If there is disturbance in the camp, the general’s authority is weak.
If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.
If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive;and, unless submissive, then will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attachedto you, punishments are not enforced,...
So the important thing in a military operation is victory, not persistence.
Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.
do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.
the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
One who sets the entire army in motion to chase an advantage will not attain it.
He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.
Let your plans be dark and as impenetratable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.