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.
He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
Sweat more during peace; bleed less during war.
The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.
Sometimes we need to loss the small battles in order to win the war.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
Every battle is won before it’s ever fought.
The Art of War is self-explanatory.
Never venture, never win!
Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it’s price.