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Below are the top 40 quotes from Sun Tzu


Sun Tzu Quotes

40 Powerful Sun Tzu Quotes from The Art of War · June 1, 2020

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China.

Most people know Sun Tzu from the world-famous book, ‘The Art of War’. He was also revered in Chinese and the Culture of Asia as a legendary historical figure.

This is a collection of the greatest Sun Tzu quotes from ‘The Art of War’:


40 Sun Tzu Quotes

1. “A leader leads by example, not by force.”– Sun Tzu


2. “Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” – Sun Tzu


3. “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – Sun Tzu


4. “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” – Sun Tzu


5. “Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” – Sun Tzu


6. “To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.” – Sun Tzu


7. “You have to believe in yourself.” – Sun Tzu


8. ”Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valley: look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”– Sun Tzu


9. “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 thereby they achieve great results.” – Sun Tzu


10. “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.” – Sun Tzu


11. “Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.” – Sun Tzu


12. “If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.” – Sun Tzu


13. “Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.” – Sun Tzu


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


15. “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” – Sun Tzu


16. “Know thy self, know thy enemy.  A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”– Sun Tzu


17. “To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” – Sun Tzu


18. “Quickness is the essence of the war.” – Sun Tzu


19. “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” – Sun Tzu


20. “Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.” – Sun Tzu


21. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” – Sun Tzu


22. “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu


23. “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.” – Sun Tzu


24. “When strong, avid them.  If of high moral, depress them,  Seem humble to fill them with conceit.  If at ease, exhaust them.  If united, separate them.  Attach their weakness. Emerge to their surprise.” – Sun Tzu


25. “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” – Sun Tzu


26. “Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack.” – Sun Tzu


27. “The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.” – Sun Tzu


28. “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


29. “If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.” – Sun Tzu


30. “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” – Sun Tzu


31. “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” – Sun Tzu


32. “When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.” – Sun Tzu


33. “Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men.” – Sun Tzu


34. “If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.” – Sun Tzu


35. “The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” – Sun Tzu


36. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”– Sun Tzu


37. “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” – Sun Tzu


38. ”There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.” – Sun Tzu


39. “Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.” – Sun Tzu


40. “Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.” – Sun Tzu



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