Sun Tzu, out walking past Cote-des-Neiges

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. (I:1)

All warfare is based on deception. (I:17)

When he is united, divide him. (I:25)

Victory is the main object in war. If this is long delayed, weapons are blunted and morale depressed. When troops attack cities, their strength will be exhausted. (II:3)

For there has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. (II:7)

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 precautions. (XI:29)

Now the crux of military operations lies in the pretence of accomodating one's self to the designs of the enemy. (XI:56)

The doctrine of war is to follow the enemy situation in order to decide on battle. (XI:60)

Therefore at first be shy as a maiden. When the enemy gives you an opening be swift as a hare and he will be unable to withstand you. (XI:61)

- Sun Tzu

posted. Mon - March 15, 2004 @ 04:02 PM           |