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Sun Tzu
Chinese author on military strategy and international relations
(c. 544 BC – 496 BC)



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All warfare is based on deception.
-- The Art of War

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.
-- The Art of War

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
-- The Art of War

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.
-- The Art of War

In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
-- The Art of War

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
-- The Art of War

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
-- The Art of War


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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