The 21 Best Sun Tzu Quotes About Warfare

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist and philosopher who lived from 544BC to 496BC.

In his famous book ‘The Art of War’ he goes in to detail on how he achieve such military success, and shares some ideas on life and philosophy – many of his ideas are still relevant to this day.

Our best Sun Tzu quotes about warfare is a collection of Sun Tzu’s quotes which are most relevant to the mental aspect of combat and the day-to-day struggles of life.

1.) If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

2.) Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

3.) For 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.

4.) In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

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

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

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

8.) Who wishes to fight must first count the cost.

9.) All warfare is based on deception.

10.) 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.

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

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

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

14.) Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

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

16.) Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.

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

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

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

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

21.) Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.


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