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"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."

"There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare."

"The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy."

"Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory."

"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."

"The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand."

"All war is deception."
War

"To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."

"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."

"Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance."

"For 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."

"Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy."

"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."

"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."

"Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move."

"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."

"The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim."

"Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."

"All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved."

"If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles."

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