There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combinationthey produce more hues than can ever been seen.There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations ofthem yield more...
When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away…
These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.
For should the enemy strengthen his van, he will weaken his rear; should he strengthen his rear, he will weaken his van; should he strengthen his left, he will weaken his right; should he strengthen his right, he will weaken his left. If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak.
One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
the worst calamities that befall an army arise from hesitation