He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.— Sun Tzu
Revolutionary Military Strategy quotations
Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.
Know the enemy and know yourself.
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.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
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.
No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen;
no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.
Cities can be rebuilt, industries can be rebuilt, what really matters are strategy forces, military forces and the cadres leaders, political, military and economic.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
In war the chief incalculable is the human will, which manifests itself in resistance, which in turn lies in the province of tactics. Strategy has not to overcome resistance, except from nature. Its purpose is to diminish the possibility of resistance, and it seeks to fulfil this purpose by exploiting the elements of movement and surprise.
Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.
When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.
Here's my strategy on the Cold War: we win, they lose.
The difficulty of tactical maneuvering consists in turning the devious into the direct, and misfortune into gain.
The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him.
He who wishes to fight must first count the cost
If our nation goes over a financial Niagara, we won't have much strength and, eventually, we won't have peace. We are currently borrowing the entire defense budget from foreign investors. Within a few years, we will be spending more on interest payments than on national security. That is not, as our military friends say, a 'robust strategy.'
So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle
To ensure attaining an objective, one should have alternate objectives.
An attack that converges on one point should threaten, and be able to diverge against another. Only by this flexibility of aim can strategy be attuned to the uncertainty of war.
I've always been homeschooled, so doing it on set is kind of the same thing.
My mom makes it very interactive - we'll get a book on chocolate and learn how to make it, or she will buy antique items. I love military history, the mechanics and strategy of it.
Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated.
Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.
Injury is the thing every exhausting piece of strategy and every single weapon is designed to bring into being: it is not something inadvertently produced on the way to producing something else but is the relentless object of all military activity.
[The] aim is not so much to seek battle as to seek a strategic situation so advantageous that if it does not of itself produce the decision, its continuation by a battle is sure to achieve this. In other words, dislocation is the aim of strategy.
The military weapon is but one of the means that serve the purposes of war: one out of the assortment which grand strategy can employ.
This high proportion of history's decisive campaigns, the significance of which is enhanced by the comparative rarity of the direct approach, enforces the conclusion that the indirect is by far the most hopeful and economic form of strategy.
The soundest strategy in war is to postpone operations until the moral disintegration of the enemy renders the delivery of the mortal blow both possible and easy.
I have always considered Saipan the decisive battle of the Pacific offensive.
..(it was) the naval and military heart and brain of the Japanese defence strategy.
He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.
These missiles [Cruise and Pershing II] represent a new generation of missiles whose deployment will help give NATO first-strike capability. With this first-strike strategy, the West believes it could attack Russian military installations with such effectiveness that serious retaliation would be impossible.
The more usual reason for adopting a strategy of limited aim is that of awaiting a change in the balance of force ... The essential condition of such a strategy is that the drain on him should be disproportionately greater than on oneself.
My center is giving way, my right is pushed back, my left is wavering.
The situation is excellent. I shall attack!
As with military campaigns, cultural warfare is always decided over the pragmatic problems of strategy, organization and resources. . . . The factions with the best strategies, most efficient organization, and access to resources will plainly have the advantage and very possibly, the ultimate victory.
There will be boots on the ground if there's to be any hope of success in the strategy.