Quotes by Sun-tzu


The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
– Sun Tzu

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
– Sun Tzu
All warfare is based on deception. There is no place where espionage is not used. Offer the enemy bait to lure him.
– Sun-tzu
Appraise war in terms of the fundamental factors. The first of these factors is moral influence.
– Sun-tzu
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.
– Sun-tzu
The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities...It is best to win without fighting.
– Sun-tzu
A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
– Sun-tzu
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
– Sun-tzu
To lead people walk behind them.
– Sun Tzu
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
– Sun Tzu
All war is based on deception.
– Sun Tzu
All war is deception.
– Sun Tzu
All warfare is based on deception.
– Sun Tzu
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, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.
– Sun Tzu
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
– Sun Tzu
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 instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.
– Sun Tzu
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 foreknowledge.
– Sun Tzu
O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands.
– Sun Tzu
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 those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations.
– Sun Tzu
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
– Sun Tzu