The Art of War is self-explanatory
The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties is knowledge of the enemy; and this knowledge can only be derived, in the first instance, from the converted spy. Hence it is essential that the converted spy be treated with the utmost liberality.
There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.
Those skilled at making the enemy move do so by creating a situation to which he must conform; they entice him with something he is certain to take, and with lures of ostensible profit they await him in strength.
Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.
To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.
Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.
Warfare is the way of deception.
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.
Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment - that which they cannot anticipate.
When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.
Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.
One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.
So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.
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