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If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we…
It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and…
Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not…
When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.
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…
It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them…
Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is…
The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution.
For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.
If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long,…
There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence.
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.
Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than…
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for…
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…
Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.
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