37 Strong & Courageous Quotes by Sun Tzu (the art of war)

Given the very nature in which America is in, we thought it be appropriate to introduce to the world the wise sayings from the author of “The Art Of War,” Sun Tzu. While we at The Fashion Frenze do not encourage any sort violence, we support in the strategies Sun Tzu taught for our every day livelihood.

Use the quotes to develop strength, courage and tact during these tough times. Diplomacy is everything when expressing and acting on our thoughts and beliefs.

These 37 Strong & Courageous Quotes by Sun Tzu will help to develop the warrior within you!

“When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.”

“Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”

“Bravery without forethought, causes a man to fight blindly and desperately like a mad bull.  Such an opponent, must not be encountered with brute force, but may be lured into an ambush and slain.”

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

“If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.”

“Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”

“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

“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.”

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

“The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.”

“You have to believe in yourself.”

“Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.”

“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”

“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.”

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

“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 you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.”

“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination, they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.”

““Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.

“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.”

“Great results, can be achieved with small forces.”

“There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.”

“There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.”

“The wise warrior avoids the battle.”

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear 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.”

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

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.”

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”

“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”

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

“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”

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

“The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”

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