Sun Tzu

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Sun Tzu (/ˈsuːnˈdzuː/; also rendered as Sun Zi) was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy. Aside from his legacy as the author of The Art of War, Sun Tzu is revered in Chinese and Asian culture as a legendary historical figure. His birth name was Sun Wu, and he was known outside of his family by his courtesy name Changqing. The name Sun Tzu by which he is best known in the West is an honorific which means "Master Sun". Sun Tzu's historicity is uncertain. Sima Qian and other traditional historians placed him as a minister to King Helü of Wu and dated his lifetime to 544–496 BC. Modern scholars accepting his historicity nonetheless place the exi... More

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Sun Tzu Quotes

Sun Tzu #Art #War

Photo of Sun Tzu The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Sun Tzu #Art #Best #Good #War

Photo of Sun Tzu In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
Sun Tzu #Death

Photo of Sun Tzu Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared.
Sun Tzu #Men

Photo of 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 #Fear

Photo of Sun Tzu If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
Sun Tzu #Good

Photo of Sun Tzu 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 #Good

Photo of Sun Tzu The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution.
Sun Tzu #Imagination

Photo of Sun Tzu Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
Sun Tzu #Leadership

Photo of Sun Tzu He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
Sun Tzu #Men

Photo of Sun Tzu The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.
Sun Tzu #War

Photo of Sun Tzu All war is deception.
Sun Tzu #War

Photo of Sun Tzu There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
Sun Tzu #War

Photo of 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 #War

Photo of Sun Tzu Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
Sun Tzu #War

Photo of Sun Tzu All war is based on deception.
Sun Tzu #War

Photo of Sun Tzu There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
Sun Tzu #War

Photo of Sun Tzu Secret operations are essential in war upon them the army relies to make its every move.
Sun Tzu #Death

Photo of Sun Tzu Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.
Sun Tzu #Good

Photo of Sun Tzu The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.
Sun Tzu #Great #Intelligence

Photo of Sun Tzu 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 #Men

Photo of 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 #Men

Photo of Sun Tzu If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory.
Sun Tzu #Money

Photo of 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 #War

Photo of Sun Tzu 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.