Skip to comments.Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Posted on 05/04/2002 10:10:07 PM PDT by PsyOp
When the enemy's envoy's speak in humble terms, but continues his preparations, he will advance. When their language is deceptive but the enemy pretentiously advances, he will retreat. When the envoys speak in apologetic terms, he wishes a respite. When without a previous understanding the enemy asks for a truce, he is plotting. When the enemy sees an advantage but does not advance to seize it, he is fatigued. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c. 400-320 b.c.
One who sets the entire army in motion to chase an advantage will not attain it. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
To capture an enemies army is better than to destroy it. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; When far away that you are near. Offer the enemy a bait to lure him; feign disorder and strike him. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
It is a doctrine of war not to assume the enemy will not come, but rather to rely on one's readiness to meet him; not to presume that he will not attack, but rather to make one's self invincible. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Do not press an enemy at bay. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
To fight and conquer in all our battles is not the supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemys resistence without fighting. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
If not in the interests of the state, do not act. If you cannot succeed, do not use troops. If you are not in danger, do not fight. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
He whose generals are able and not interfered with by the sovereign will be victorious. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
It is the business of a general to be serene and inscrutable, impartial and self-controlled. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
The General who in advancing does not seek personal fame, and in withdrawing is not concerned with avoiding punishment, but whose only purpose is to protect the people and promote the best interests of his sovereign, is the precious jewel of the state. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
Know the enemy, know yourself; your victory will never be endangered. Know the ground, know the weather; your victory will then be total. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
When orders are consistently trustworthy and observed, the relationship of a commander with his troops is satisfactory. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
The general must be the first in the toils and fatigues of the army. In the heat of summer he does not spread his parasol nor in the cold of winter don thick clothing. In dangerous places he must dismount and walk. He waits until the army's wells have been dug and only then drinks; until the army's food is cooked before he eats; until the army's fortifications have been completed, to shelter himself. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
A skilled commander seeks victory from the situation and does not demand it of his subordinates. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
Nothing is more difficult than the art of maneuver. What is difficult about maneuver is to make the devious route the most direct and to turn misfortune to advantage. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 B.C.
One who has few must prepare against the enemy; one who has many makes the enemy prepare against him. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Agitate him and ascertain the pattern of his movement. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Speed is the essence of war. Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precaution. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Should one ask: 'how do I cope with a well-ordered enemy host about to attack me?' I reply: seize something he cherishes and he will conform to your desires. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is the master of his enemy's fate. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
To a surrounded enemy you must leave a way of escape. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
When campaigning, be swift as the wind; in leisurely march, majestic as the forest; in raiding and plundering, like fire; in standing, firm as the mountains. As unfathomable as the clouds, move like a thunderbolt. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Birds rising in flight is a sign that the enemy is lying in ambush; when the wild animals are startled and flee he is trying to take you unaware. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Attack where he is unprepared; sally forth when he does not expect you. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
When I have won a victory I do not repeat my tactics but respond to circumstances in an infinite variety of ways. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c.400-320 b.c.
As water shapes its flow in accordance with the ground, so an army manages its victory in accordance with the situation of the enemy. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Victory is the main object in war. If this is long delayed, weapons are blunted and morale depressed. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
He whose ranks are united in purpose will be victorious. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Invincibility depends on one's self; the enemy's vulnerability on him. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
War is a matter of vital importance to the state; the province of life or death; the road to survival or ruin. It is mandatory that it be thoroughly studied. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
Generally in war the best policy is to take a state intact; to ruin it is inferior to this. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefitted. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without having to fight them. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. c.400-320 b.c.
If we can see it, we can kill it.
Being invisible is better than being well-armed.
Use terrain when possible, it is a force-multiplier.
Good CCC is an extreme force multiplier.
Being dug-in is no longer a meaningful defense advantage. Mobility is better than fortification.
WAR BY OTHER MEANS
Propaganda is king in todays world. If possible, record or even manufacture 'war crimes' by your enemy.
A camera is nearly as deadly as a bomb, properly employed.
Get news out on your terms and you may win world approval.
Great stuff. Never heard of the author, though. Is there a book?
Pardon my cluelessness - what's PME?
Can I get a nice advance? The author is (blush) me. :o)
Louis Beam, Col Amoss, Sun Tzu, The 40 Ronin, and now Lazamataz's theory on being effective versus evasive is something all need to understand in these seditious times we are subjected to by socialist's inside the wire. Just my opinion of course.........
Stay Safe Laz.....
Sounds like Air Force Wingnut jargon. Just a language skill they don't teach at DLI that I picked up during my 26 years in Uncle Sugars Wind Force !
Stay Safe !
"You may have what you can take. You may keep what you can hold"
In one sentence he summed up the rule of war, politics, economics and life in general.
They always told me what I learn will save my life. Tends to make a man focus. :o)
I also observed later on that the best camouflage is not Woodland Camouflage #2, or the new "Pixelized" version of Woodland that they are issuing, but ordinary street clothes. It is the best way to blend in to a lot of people, and it seems people are in such abundance as to become as ubiquitious as forest used to be.
You were USAF??? I thought you were a victim of gravity!
I've been reading a lot about him lately. The greatest conqueror of all time, a brilliant strategist, and a fierce leader whose troops followed and obeyed out respect for him as man and warrior. To bad he didn't write a book of military maxims.
Sorry if I mislead ya Bro !!??!! ....... (pay attention damnit ........:o)
Stay Safe !
And a mighty fine one at that.
"An opinion is praised for being in accordance with the truth." - Aristotle, Ethics,334-23 B.C.
"Pay your legions. Nothing else matters."
"Pay your legions ... and guys named Brutus. Nothing else matters."
Stay Safe and thanks for the ping on these threads ....great work !
Archie Bunker on steroids , your name about made me choke on my dry wheat crackers. LOL!
Hey Gummy, does spook ever lurk over here? Do you remember his handle?
Stay Safe Bro !
Awesome! I am one happy camper tonight!
I will be putting a link to it on his website as well.
Incidentally, he has a solo show on wabc on Sunday mornings at 9 AM to 12 PM Eastern Standard Time.
Kim, you have mail...
I especially like the "cracked head". <|:)~
That is because Mongols are basically steppe warriors who refused to give up their way of life to efficiently govern their empire. However, it helped them to preserve their identity and survive as an ethnic group until today. They did not blend into Chinese society and did oppress them ruthlessly, for example. They maintained that distance between them and their conquered subjects, which foster increased resentments. So eventually they were thrown out by locals as more or less intact ethnic group.
All steppe nomads, not just Mongols, had real contempts for civilized way of life as corrupt, cowardly, and lazy. In their views, they were sheeps to be slaughtered for nomads' benefit when they need extra food or any material. They were not about to adopt the life-style of hapless sheep. They genuinely believed that their way is superior because they conquered them handily. Nothing else mattered. Turks and Manchus also had to grapple with this issue of how much assimilation they will accept. I think that Turks were more sucessful than Manchus. Manchus were melted into the ocean of Chinese.
OH!!! Another great Quote!!!
"There are those who describe a polite dinner conversation as only warfare concealed...There are others, who prefer battle to be more Honest...More Open"
Khan Nunien Singh...Star Trek "SPACE Seed".
Best Episode ever made...I KNEW they were going to make a movie out of that one the first night I saw it in the 60's!!! Ricardo Montalban...You can mock his rich corinthian leather and his Tatoo periods all you want...but that mother knew how to wield a scalpel in that episode...
Go Get em people...I want to see ten liberal fascist humiliations by this time next week...now MOVE!!!
Yes, and you can sum up all of Sun Tzu as: "Never pick a fair fight."
The rifle squad of the Marine Corps is the result of many years of development and combat experience...
The purpose of offensive combat is to destroy the enemy and his will to fight. Offensive action is the only means by which a decision is gained in combat. It requires superiority over the enemy, but superiority in numbers or fire alone is not necessarily the deciding factor. In the final analysis, superiority is achieved by a combination of higher morale, greater aggressiveness, a higher quality of leadership, better training and better equipment.
Guidebook for Marines
Squad Tactics, pg 167
Eleventh Edition, July 1, 1967
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