Famous Sun Tzu Quotes
Our latest collection of Sun Tzu quotes on Everyday Power Blog.
1.) A leader leads by example, not by force. – Sun Tzu
2.) You have to believe in yourself. – Sun Tzu
3.) Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. – Sun Tzu
4.) If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. – Sun Tzu
5.) The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. – Sun Tzu
6.) Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. – Sun Tzu
7.) If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things. – Sun Tzu
8.) Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. – Sun Tzu
9.) To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy. – Sun Tzu
10.) Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. – Sun Tzu
11.) Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? – Sun Tzu
12.) Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust. – Sun Tzu
13.) 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. – Sun Tzu
14.) If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result 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. – Sun Tzu
15.) Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory:
1 He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
2 He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
3 He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
4 He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
5 He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign. – Sun Tzu
16.) 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
17.) Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. – Sun Tzu
18.) There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted. – Sun Tzu
19.) Opportunities multiply as they are seized. – Sun Tzu
20.) When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.
21.) Know yourself and you will win all battles. – Sun Tzu
22.) Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain. – Sun Tzu
23.) Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. – Sun Tzu
24.) 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
25.) All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. – Sun Tzu
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