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100 Inspirational Quotes By Sun Tzu That Will Help You Take On The World

Famous As: Chinese Military Strategist, Writer and Philosopher
Born On: 544 AD
Died On: 496 AD
Born In: Qi, China
Died At Age: -48

Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period. Best known as the author of the highly influential work of military strategy, ‘The Art of War,’ he is credited to have had tremendous impact on both Western and Eastern philosophy. His military strategy has been praised and employed throughout East Asia since it came into being and it popularly received a boost in the 20th century after it was put to practical use in Western society as well. A legendary historical figure, his works continue to influence not just modern warfare, but also culture, politics, business, and sports. Due to the seminal nature of his work, he is considered to be one of the greatest war leaders and strategists to have ever existed. Read on to learn new things about how to empower yourself so that you can courageously fight your enemies to emerge victorious!

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.

Sun Tzu
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

Sun Tzu
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.

Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.

Sun Tzu
Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Sun Tzu
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win

Sun Tzu
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity

In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity

Sun Tzu
Know yourself and you will win all battles

Know yourself and you will win all battles

Sun Tzu
To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.

To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.

Sun Tzu
The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.

The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.

Sun Tzu
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.

There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.

Sun Tzu
Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.

Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.

Sun Tzu
Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.

Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.

Sun Tzu
The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.

The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.

Sun Tzu
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

Sun Tzu
Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.

Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.

Sun Tzu
When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.

When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.

Sun Tzu
When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.

When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.

Sun Tzu
When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.

When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.

Sun Tzu
So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.

Sun Tzu
One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.

One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.

Sun Tzu
Who wishes to fight must first count the cost

Who wishes to fight must first count the cost

Sun Tzu
If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.

If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.

Sun Tzu
If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.

If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.

Sun Tzu
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill

To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill

Sun Tzu
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.

Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.

Sun Tzu
You have to believe in yourself.

You have to believe in yourself.

Sun Tzu
One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.

One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.

Sun Tzu
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.

What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.

Sun Tzu
Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.

Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.

Sun Tzu
He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.

Sun Tzu
When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteoousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders'.

When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteoousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders'.

Sun Tzu
Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.

Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.

Sun Tzu
Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots.

Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots.

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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 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.

Sun Tzu
Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content.
But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.

Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.

Sun Tzu
The wise warrior avoids the battle.

The wise warrior avoids the battle.

Sun Tzu
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

Sun Tzu
There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.

There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.

Sun Tzu
If quick, I survive.
If not quick, I am lost.
This is

If quick, I survive. If not quick, I am lost. This is "death.

Sun Tzu
Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm

Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm

Sun Tzu
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

Sun Tzu
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight

He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight

Sun Tzu
Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.

Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.

Sun Tzu
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.

If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.

Sun Tzu
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the
opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

Sun Tzu
The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.

The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.

Sun Tzu
Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.

Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.

Sun Tzu
If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.

If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.

Sun Tzu
Great results, can be achieved with small forces.

Great results, can be achieved with small forces.

Sun Tzu
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.

The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.

Sun Tzu
Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.

Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.

Sun Tzu
Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive,knowing yourself enables you to stand onthe defensive.

Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive,knowing yourself enables you to stand onthe defensive.

Sun Tzu
The Art of War is self-explanatory

The Art of War is self-explanatory

Sun Tzu
Wheels of justice gind slow but grind fine

Wheels of justice gind slow but grind fine

Sun Tzu
Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground
over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation
to the foe whom he is facing.

Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing.

Sun Tzu
Be where your enemy is not.

Be where your enemy is not.

Sun Tzu
Never venture, never win!

Never venture, never win!

Sun Tzu
If his forces are united, separate them.

If his forces are united, separate them.

Sun Tzu
But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.

But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.

Sun Tzu
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Sun Tzu
He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.

He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.

Sun Tzu
Bravery without forethought, causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull. Such an opponent, must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain.

Bravery without forethought, causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull. Such an opponent, must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain.

Sun Tzu
Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.

Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.

Sun Tzu
In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack--the
direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to
an endless series of maneuvers.

In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack--the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of maneuvers.

Sun Tzu
Mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy

Mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy

Sun Tzu
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster

Sun Tzu
Who does not know the evils of war cannot appreciate its benefits

Who does not know the evils of war cannot appreciate its benefits

Sun Tzu
Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision,
to the releasing of a trigger.

Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger.

Sun Tzu
If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak.

If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak.

Sun Tzu
Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will.

Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will.

Sun Tzu
It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.

It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.

Sun Tzu
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Sun Tzu
Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.

Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.

Sun Tzu
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

Sun Tzu
Every battle is won before it’s ever fought.

Every battle is won before it’s ever fought.

Sun Tzu
Conform to the enemy's tactics until a favorable opportunity offers; then come forth and engage in a battle that shall prove decisive.

Conform to the enemy's tactics until a favorable opportunity offers; then come forth and engage in a battle that shall prove decisive.

Sun Tzu
He who advances without seeking fame,
Who retreats without escaping blame,
He whose one aim is to protect his people and serve his lord,
The man is a jewel of the Realm

He who advances without seeking fame, Who retreats without escaping blame, He whose one aim is to protect his people and serve his lord, The man is a jewel of the Realm

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Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.

Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.

Sun Tzu
Do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat

Do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat

Sun Tzu
It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.

It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.

Sun Tzu
When your army has crossed the border, you should burn your boats and bridges, in order to make it clear to everybody that you have no hankering after home.

When your army has crossed the border, you should burn your boats and bridges, in order to make it clear to everybody that you have no hankering after home.

Sun Tzu
Disorder came from order, fear came from courage, weakness came from strength.

Disorder came from order, fear came from courage, weakness came from strength.

Sun Tzu
If there is disturbance in the camp, the general's authority is weak.

If there is disturbance in the camp, the general's authority is weak.

Sun Tzu
Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose.

Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose.

Sun Tzu
The control of a large force is the same principle
as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up
their numbers.

The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers.

Sun Tzu
Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy. Do not interfere with an army that is returning home.

Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy. Do not interfere with an army that is returning home.

Sun Tzu
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.

Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.

Sun Tzu
Order or disorder depends on organisation; courage or cowardice on circumstances; strength or weakness on dispositions.

Order or disorder depends on organisation; courage or cowardice on circumstances; strength or weakness on dispositions.

Sun Tzu
The worst calamities that befall an army arise from hesitation

The worst calamities that befall an army arise from hesitation

Sun Tzu
It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one,
to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous,
to divide our army into two.

It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two.

Sun Tzu
In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.

In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.

Sun Tzu
Foreknowledge cannot be gotten from ghosts and spirits, cannot be had by analogy, cannot be found out by calculation. It must be obtained from people, people who know the conditions of the enemy.

Foreknowledge cannot be gotten from ghosts and spirits, cannot be had by analogy, cannot be found out by calculation. It must be obtained from people, people who know the conditions of the enemy.

Sun Tzu
Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.

Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.

Sun Tzu
Conceal your dispositions, and your condition will remain secret, which leads to victory; show your dispositions, and your condition will become patent, which leads to defeat.

Conceal your dispositions, and your condition will remain secret, which leads to victory; show your dispositions, and your condition will become patent, which leads to defeat.

Sun Tzu
When the outlook is bright, bring it before their eyes; but tell them nothing when the situation is gloomy.

When the outlook is bright, bring it before their eyes; but tell them nothing when the situation is gloomy.

Sun Tzu
You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended.

You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended.

Sun Tzu
It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war
that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.

It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.

Sun Tzu
By reinforcing every part, he weakens every part.

By reinforcing every part, he weakens every part.

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Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.

Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.

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The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible attack at several different points;

The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible attack at several different points;

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