All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.
War is never a lasting solution for any problem.
Wars based on principle are far more destructive… the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.
When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow, we gave our today.
Salute the ones who died, the ones that give their lives, so we don’t have to sacrifice all the things we love.
Honor and self sacrifice. Death does not diminish these qualities in a soldier. We shall remember.
I stand ready not for politics or for leaders, But for my brother next to me, my children at home and for a country I protect.
Do we really understand the true cost of freedom?
War is a series of catastrophes which results in a victory.
History is written by the winners.
Unity is a guarantee of victory both in war and peace.
Be where your enemy is not.
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.
When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.
He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
If fighting is sure to result in victory, than you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler’s bidding.
A wise general makes a point of foraging of the enemy.
All war is deception.
It is more important to out-think your enemy, than to outfight him.
Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.
Do not press an enemy at bay.
Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.
When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.
Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm.
If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.
Who wishes to fight must first count the cost.
So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.
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 supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.
Know yourself and you will win all battles.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.
The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.
There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
Quickness is the essence of the war.
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
If quick, I survive. If not quick, I am lost. This is “death.”
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
Great results, can be achieved with small forces.
If his forces are united, separate them.
Mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy.
Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
The peak efficiency of knowledge and strategy is to make conflict unnecessary.