Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #8

April 24, 2016

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“When the enemy is near by but lying low he is depending on a favourable position. When he challenges to battle from afar he wishes to lure you to advance, for when he is in easy ground he is in an advantageous position.”

(The Art of War, Chapter IX, Moving the force)

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

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #7

April 17, 2016

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“In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power. It is sufficient to estimate the enemy situation correctly and to concentrate your strenght to capture him. There is no more to it than this. He who lacks foresight and underestimates his enemy will surely be captured by him.”

(The Art of War, Chapter IX, Moving the force)

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

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #5

April 3, 2016

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“All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are near. Offer the enemy a bai to lure him; feign disorder and strike him.”

(The Art of War, Chapter I, Estimates)

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

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