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Sun Tzu or Sunzi

(544 B.C. - 496 B.C.)

Biography:

Chinese Military General, Strategist and Philosopher known for authoring "The Art of War"

Quotes
A kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.
A leader leads by example not by force.
A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
A skilled commander seeks victory from the situation and does not demand it of his subordinates.
A wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to twenty of one's own, and likewise a single picul of his provender is equivalent to twenty from one's own store.
According to my assessment, even if you have many more troops than others, how can that help you to victory?
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
All war is deception.
All warfare is based on deception. A skilled general must be master of the complementary arts of simulation and dissimulation; while creating shapes to confuse and delude the enemy he conceals his true dispositions and ultimate intent. When capable he feigns incapacity; when near he makes it appear that he is far away; when far away; that he is near. Moving as intangibly as a ghost in the starlight, he is obscure, inaudible. His primary target is the mind of the opposing commander; the victorious situation, a product of his creative imagination. Attacking the mind of the enemy is an indispensable preliminary to battle.
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. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.