June 5, 2016
“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)
All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.