Sun Tzu

Military General, Tactician, Writer, Philosopher

544 BC - 496 BC

544 BC - 496 BC

Military General, Tactician, Writer, Philosopher


95 Greatest Quotes By Sun Tzu

Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night. Sun Tzu
Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength. Sun Tzu
In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power. 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
Birds rising in flight is a sign that the enemy is lying in ambush; when the wild animals are startled and flee he is trying to take you unaware. Sun Tzu
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. Sun Tzu
One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful, subduing the other's military without battle is the most skillful. Sun Tzu
The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent. Sun Tzu
When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard. Sun Tzu
Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots. Sun Tzu
When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteoousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders'. Sun Tzu
Swift as the wind. Quiet as the forest. Conquer like the fire. Steady as the mountain. 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
Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust. Sun Tzu
Great results, can be achieved with small forces. Sun Tzu
Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger. Sun Tzu
When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of its momentum. When the strike of a hawk breaks the body of its prey, it is because of timing. Sun Tzu
To plan secretly, to move surreptitiously, to foil the enemy's intentions and balk his schemes, so that at last the day may be won without shedding a drop of blood. Sun Tzu
If you are strong, appear weak. But if you are weak, appear strong. Sun Tzu
Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small. Sun Tzu
Hence the saying: One may know how to conquer without being able to do it. Sun Tzu
The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. Sun Tzu
Quickness is the essence of the war. Sun Tzu
If a battle can not be won do not fight it. Sun Tzu
Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible; and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands. Sun Tzu
One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all. Sun Tzu
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near. Sun Tzu
To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy. Sun Tzu
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu
The nature of war is constant change. Sun Tzu
Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems. Sun Tzu
Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack. Sun Tzu
If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him. Sun Tzu
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. Sun Tzu
A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame. Sun Tzu
Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack. Sun Tzu
A leader leads by example not by force. Sun Tzu
Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength; attacking, a superabundance of strength. Sun Tzu
Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him. Sun Tzu
Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move. Sun Tzu
If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things. Sun Tzu
If the enemy opens the door, you must race in. Sun Tzu
Keep their friends close and their enemies closer. Sun Tzu
Rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him. Sun Tzu
A warrior who is prepared to fight must also be prepared to die. Sun Tzu
All war is based on deception. Sun Tzu
Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. Sun Tzu
He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. Sun Tzu
The peak efficiency of knowledge and strategy is to make conflict unnecessary. Sun Tzu
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. Sun Tzu
The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all. Sun Tzu