Sunday, October 07, 2007

Selected Sun Tzu


The master general who wrote "The Art of War" has been read for centuries. We would be better off if his advice were heeded even today....

He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue... In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.
-Sun Tzu, the Art of War

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.
- Sun Tzu

n the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it.
-Sun Tzu, the Art of War

The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.
- Sun Tzu

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.
- Sun Tzu

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't really see where you are going with that.

1:12 PM, October 07, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

That is OK, neither does the President.

2:24 PM, October 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OIC, well if THAT was what you were going for... here are some better quotes:

"If the army is exposed to a prolonged campaign, the nation's resources will not suffice."

I have heard of military campaigns that were clumsy but swift, but I have never seen military campaigns that were skilled but protracted.

No nation has ever benefited from protracted warfare.

...the important thing in doing battle is victory, not protracted warfare.

2:46 PM, October 07, 2007  

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