Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #4

March 27, 2016

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“Therefore, against those skilled in attack, an enemy does not know where to defend; against the experts in defence, the enemy does not know where to attack.
Subtle and insubstantial, the expect leave no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is master of his enemy’s fate.
He whose advance is irresistible plunges into his enemy’s weak positions; he who in withdrawal cannot be pursued moves so swiftly that he cannot be overtaken.”

(The Art of War, Chapter VI, Weaknesses and Strengths*)

* « Weaknesses and Strengths » stands for 虛實 (Xūshí)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #3

March 20, 2016

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“When [your enemy] is united, divide him. Attack when he is unprepared. Sally out when he does not expect you. These are the strategist’s keys to victory. It is not possible to discuss them beforehand.”

(The Art of War, Chapter I, Estimates)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #2

March 13, 2016

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“Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory lies in the attack. One defends when his strenght is inadequate; he attacks when it is abundant.”

(The Art of War, Chapter IV, Positioning)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #1

March 6, 2016

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“Therefore the skillful commander takes up a position in which he cannot be defeated and misses no opportunity to master his enemy. Thus a victorious army wins its victories before seeking battle; an army destined to defeat fights in the hope of winning.”

(The Art of War, Chapter IV, Positioning)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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