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

— Sun Tzu

The most fantastic Sun Tzu quotes to discover and learn by heart

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

179

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

163

Opportunities multiply when you seize them.

158
Sun Tzu quote When I let go of what I am, I become wha

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

31

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

146

It is more important to outhink your enemy, than to outfight him

142

Try the Top 10 quotes and images by Sun Tzu


Or check the curated lists with quotes from Sun Tzu:
Quotes about Enemy

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

138
Sun Tzu quote In the midst of chaos, there is also opp

In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

39

In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

137

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

125

The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

125
Sun Tzu quote Who wishes to fight must first count the

Who wishes to fight must first count the cost.

21

Those who are victorious plan effectively and change decisively.

They are like a great river that maintains its course but adjusts its flow.

115

The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.

106

Swift as the wind. Quiet as the forest. Conquer like the fire. Steady as the mountain

104
Sun Tzu quote The supreme art of war is to subdue the

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

20

About Sun Tzu

Quotes 454 sayings
Nationality Chinese
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

He who knows his enemy and himself well will not be defeated easily.

102

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.

91

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.

85

A leader leads by example not by force.

84

To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence.

75

Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations.

73

Know the enemy and know yourself.

69

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

68

When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination. When the officers are too strong and the common soldiers too weak, the result is collapse.

63

Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.

62

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.

62

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.

62

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.

61

Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

60

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

56

All war is based on deception.

56

When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of its momentum.

When the strike of a hawk breaks the body of its prey, it is because of timing.

55

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

55

Act after having made assessments. The one who first knows the measure of far and near wins - this is the rule of armed struggle.

53

There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: recklessness, which leads to destruction; cowardice, which leads to capture; a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults; a delicacy of honour, which is sensitive to shame; over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble.

52

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

52

Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts.

Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared.

52

Pretend to be weak, so your enemy may grow arrogant.

47

Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night.

46

Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you;

this will diminish his enthusiasm

45

The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.

44

The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy. To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy.

41

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

41

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

41

All warfare is based on deception. There is no place where espionage is not used. Offer the enemy bait to lure him.

38

However desperate the situation and circumstances, don't despair.

When there is everything to fear, be unafraid. When surrounded by dangers, fear none of them. When without resources, depend on resourcefulness. When surprised, take the enemy by surprise.

37

These are the six ways of courting defeat - neglect to estimate the enemy's strength; want of authority; defective training; unjustifiable anger; nonobservance of discipline; failure to use picked men.

35

Concentrate your energy and hoard your strength.

34

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

34

Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization.

33

Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.

33

First learn to become invincible, then wait for your enemy's moment of vulnerability.

32
famous quotes