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Sun Wu Tzu Quotations

Updated on January 11, 2015
Sun Wu Tzu is a Chinese philosopher around 722–481 BC.
Sun Wu Tzu is a Chinese philosopher around 722–481 BC.

The Art of War

Five Characteristics of a good general:

1) Wisdom

2) Sincerity

3) Benevolence

4) Courage

5) Strictness

Five Characteristics that could afflict a general:

1) If reckless, he can be kill

2) If cowardly, he can be captured;

3) If quick-tempered, he can be easily provoked;

4) If sensitive to honor, he can be easily insulted; and

5) If over-compassionate to the people; he can easily be harassed

*The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.

*All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

*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.

*Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.

*Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.

*Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in 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.

*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.

Authors Biography

Mark Lester A. Iragana A.K.A Miragana

Masters in Business Management - 24 Units

Western Institute of Technology


Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering - Graduated

WesternVisayasCollege of Science and Technology

Formerly Iloilo School of Arts and Trade


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