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Chinese general Sun Tzu was the person who changed both the method and policy of war. He had been a brilliant strategist as well as a successful writer. The Chinese army still walks in his footsteps. The policies formulated by ‘Sun Tzu’ in protecting him from the big neighboring country later became the foundation of ‘Art of War.’

Sun Tzu grew up listening to the tales of the war. At that time, no one would have thought that this child would take over the General of China Army post in the coming time. According to Sun Tzu, if the orders given are not clear, it is the general’s fault, but soldiers would be responsible if the given orders are clear and soldiers don’t follow. Though it is not human to think of and involve in wars, sometimes, we have no other option to protect truth and justice.

Moreover, war is not necessarily meaning fighting physically. It could be overcoming your phobias, fighting your anger, tackling discouraging people, coping with your inner self, etc. We need a good strategy and courage in fighting any war. To have so, I want to share some of the famous Sun Tzu quotes with you all.

43 Most Powerful Sun Tzu Quotes To Conquer Any War

  1. “Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.” –Sun Tzu
  2. “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” –Sun Tzu
  3. “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” –Sun Tzu
  4. “What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins but excels in winning with ease.” –Sun Tzu
  5. “Correct your mistake as soon as you have found it.” –Sun Tzu
  6. “It is more important to out-think your enemy than to outfight him.” –Sun Tzu
  7. “Who wishes to fight must first count the cost,” –Sun Tzu
  8. “Sweat more during peace: bleed less during war.” –Sun Tzu
  9. “Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.” –Sun Tzu
  10. “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” –Sun Tzu
  11. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” –Sun Tzu
  12. “Do not engage an enemy more powerful than you. And if it is unavoidable and you do have to engage, then make sure you engage it on your terms, not on your enemy’s terms.” –Sun Tzu
  13. “If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.” –Sun Tzu
  14. “When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.” –Sun Tzu
  15. “Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.” –Sun Tzu
  16. “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
  17. “There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.” –Sun Tzu
  18. “Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trustworthiness, humaneness, courage, and sternness.” –Sun Tzu
  19. “The peak efficiency of knowledge and strategy is to make conflict unnecessary.” –Sun Tzu
  20. “Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.” –Sun Tzu
  21. “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” –Sun Tzu
  22. “The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” –Sun Tzu
  23. “The victorious army is victorious first and seeks battle later; the defeated army seeks battle first and seeks victory later.” –Sun Tzu
  24. “It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.” –Sun Tzu
  25. “Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.” –Sun Tzu
  26. “The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.” –Sun Tzu
  27. “The height of strategy is to attack your opponent’s strategy.” –Sun Tzu
  28. “Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive, knowing yourself enables you to stand on the defensive.” –Sun Tzu
  29. “The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.” –Sun Tzu
  30. “When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.” –Sun Tzu
  31. “Those skilled in warfare move the enemy, and are not moved by the enemy.” –Sun Tzu
  32. “Using order to deal with the disorderly, using calm to deal with the clamorous, is mastering the heart.” –Sun Tzu
  33. “When your opponent gives you an opening, be swift as a hare.” –Sun Tzu
  34. “Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.” –Sun Tzu
  35. “Every animal with blood in its veins and horns on its head will fight when it is attacked.” –Sun Tzu
  36. “Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.” –Sun Tzu
  37. “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.” –Sun Tzu
  38. “The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not to be swayed by petty doubts.” –Sun Tzu
  39. “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.” –Sun Tzu
  40. “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” –Sun Tzu
  41. “Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength.” –Sun Tzu
  42. “All war is deception.” –Sun Tzu
  43. “One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.” –Sun Tzu

Rahul Bansal

Rahul is a freelance author, chemist, a teacher and has a lot of passion for spirituality, humanity & self-development. Being in the writing industry for many years, Rahul has a plethora of knowledge which he loves to share and discuss with his readers. He loves to write about self-improvement and share quotes he finds inspiring.

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