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50 Sun Tzu Quotes On The Art Of War, Love and Life

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Our latest collection of Sun Tzu quotes on Everyday Power Blog.

Life can regularly be tough, lonely, or throw wrenches in our carefully devised plans.

There are experiences we struggle to find meaning in and can take a toll on our mind, body, and spirit.

Whether good or bad, the experiences we go through in life should be embraced.

One of the most influential Chinese military generals and Taoist philosophers, Sun Tzu, explains the importance of looking within to defeat negativity and mental anguish that creeps into existence.

Whatever personal battles you are encountered within your life, use these next 50 quotes as a strategy to overcome.

Inspirational Sun Tzu Quotes about Power and Life

1.) “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” – Sun Tzu


2.) “Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” – Sun Tzu


3.) “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu


4.) “Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.” – Sun Tzu


5.) “Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” – Sun Tzu


6.) “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu


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


8.) “If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.” – Sun Tzu


9.) “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” – Sun Tzu



10.) “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” – Sun Tzu


11.) The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.” – Sun Tzu


12.) “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”  – Sun Tzu


13.) “Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.” – Sun Tzu


14.) “Do not engage an enemy more powerful than you. And if it is unavoidable and you do have to engage, then make sure you engage it on your terms, not on your enemy’s terms.” – Sun Tzu


15.) “If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.” – Sun Tzu


16.) “Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.” – Sun Tzu


Famous Sun Tzu Quotes


17.) “”Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise, for the result is waste of time and general stagnation.” – Sun Tzu


18.) “A wise general makes a point of foraging of the enemy.” – Sun Tzu


19.) “”The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.” – Sun Tzu


20.) “All war is deception.” – Sun Tzu


21.) “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” – Sun Tzu


22.) “There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.” – Sun Tzu


23.) “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu


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24.) “The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.” – Sun Tzu


25.) “It is more important to out-think your enemy, than to outfight him” – Sun Tzu


26.) “Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.” – Sun Tzu


27.) “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” – Sun Tzu


28.) “Do not press an enemy at bay.” – Sun Tzu


29.) “The skillful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.” – Sun Tzu


30.) “For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.” – Sun Tzu


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


32.) “When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.” – Sun Tzu


Other Motivational Sun Tzu Quotes

33.) “Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm.” – Sun Tzu


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34.) “The peak efficiency of knowledge and strategy is to make conflict unnecessary.” – Sun Tzu


35.) “He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.” – Sun Tzu


36.) “There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.” – Sun Tzu


37.) “You have to believe in yourself.” – Sun Tzu


38.) “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


39.) “Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.” – Sun Tzu


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40.) “Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of the trigger.” – Sun Tzu


41.) “Sweat more during peace: bleed less during war.” – Sun Tzu


42.) “All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” – Sun Tzu


43.) “Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength.” – Sun Tzu


44.) “The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” – Sun Tzu


45.) “When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.” – Sun Tzu


46.) “Who wishes to fight must first count the cost” – Sun Tzu


47.) “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” – Sun Tzu


48.) “One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.” – Sun Tzu


49.) “The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not to be swayed by petty doubts.” – Sun Tzu


50.) “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.” – Sun Tzu


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What other Sun Tzu quotes would you add to the list?

In searching for significance in our own lives, either through religion or other practices, we find that our deepest understanding does not stem from teachings or things we have read, but rather it is found within our own being and how we manage those events.

Moments of stress and grief are likely, but knowing how to react and combat them is what makes us more stable. Use these Sun Tzu quotes as valuable reminders of the importance of self-perseverance and astuteness and meditate on accepting your own nature and the possibilities of life.

Do you know of any other Sun Tzu quotes you think should be added to the list? Tell us in the comment section below.

1 Comment

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  1. Claudine Gary

    September 13, 2018 at 11:45 am

    If you are planning on going to battle
    pick a hill to die on

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