Those who are skilled in combat do notbecome angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win.— Zhuge Liang
Jittery Art Of War quotations
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Good generals select intelligent officers, thoughtful advisors, and brave subordinates. They oversee their troops like a fierce tiger with wings.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
If you only notice human proceedings, you may observe that all who attain great power and riches, make use of either force or fraud; and what they have acquired either by deceit or violence, in order to conceal the disgraceful methods of attainment, they endeavor to sanctify with the false title of honest gains.
The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat an enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds; it is a fallacy that must be exposed: War is such a dangerous business that the mistakes which come from kindness are the very worst.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
Swift as the wind. Quiet as the forest. Conquer like the fire. Steady as the mountain
He who knows his enemy and himself well will not be defeated easily.
Tactics is the art of using troops in battle; strategy is the art of using battles to win the war
A leader leads by example not by force.
There is nothing as likely to succeed as what the enemy believes you cannot attempt.
Know the enemy and know yourself.
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.
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.
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.
Like all art forms, film is a media as powerful as weapons of mass destruction;
the only difference is that war destroys and film inspires.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
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.
Abstract Expressionism - the first American movement to have a worldwide influence - was remarkably short-lived: It heated up after World War II and was all but done for by 1960 (although visit any art school today and you'll find a would-be Willem de Kooning).
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.
He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them.
Pretend to be weak, so your enemy may grow arrogant.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night.
Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you;
this will diminish his enthusiasm
There is simply no comparison between a man who is armed and one who is not.
It is simply unreasonable to expect that an armed man should obey one who is unarmed, or that an unarmed man should remain safe and secure when his servants are armed.
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.
War is the highest form of modern art.
It is bias to think that the art of war is just for killing people.
It is not to kill people, it is to kill evil. It is a strategem to give life to many people by killing the evil of one person.
Strategy is the art of making use of time and space.
I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never.
A prudent man... must behave like those archers who, if they are skillful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target.
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.