Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #17

June 26, 2016

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“In the tumult and uproar the battle seems chaotic, but there is no disorder; the troops appear to be milling about in circles but cannot be defeated.
Apparent confusion is a product of good order; apparent cowardice, of courage; apparent weakness, of strenght.”

(The Art of War, Chapter V, Strategic power)

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

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #16

June 19, 2016

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“Thus the momentum of one skilled in war is overwhelming, and his attack precisely regulated. His potential is that of a fully drawn crossbow; his timing, the release of the trigger.”

(The Art of War, Chapter V, Strategic power)

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

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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #15

June 12, 2016

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“And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him. One able to make the enemy come of his own accord does so by offering him some advantage. And one able to prevent him from coming does so by hurting him.”

(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 #14

June 5, 2016

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“Your aim must be to take All-under-Heaven intact*. Thus your troops are not worn out and your gains will be complete. This is the art of offensive strategy.”

(The Art of War, Chapter III, Offensive strategy)

* In other words, the ultimate goal in offense is to take over without destroying that which you seek to rule. “All under Heaven” comes from the ancient Chinese name for The Empire, Tianxia (Chinese: 天下; literally: “under heaven”).

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

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