Thursday, November 27, 2014

Book quotes: The Art of War

and here's some art of war of a different kind

Here are some quotes from the Art of War, reviewed a few days ago:

War is

A grave affair of state;
It is a place
Of life and death.
A road
To survival and extinction
A matter
To be pondered carefully


 
-

Follow the advantage
And master opportunity;
This is the dynamic

-

The Way of war is
a Way of Deception.

When able,
Feign inability;
When deploying troops,
Appear not to be.

When near,
Appear far.
When far,
Appear near.

Lure with bait;
Strike with chaos.


 -

Without a full understanding of
The harm
Caused by war,
It is impossible to understand
The most profitable way
Of conducting it



-

In War
Prize victory,
Not a protracted campaign

-

In War,
Better take
A state
Intact
Than destroy it.

-

Ultimate excellence lie
Not in winning
Every battle
But in defeating the enemy
Without ever fighting

-

The skilful warrior
Takes his stand
On invulnerable ground
He lets slip no chance
Of defeating his enemy

-

The Skilful Strategist
Cultivates
The Way

-

Set out after him
But arrive before him
This is to master
The crooked
And the straight

-

Without knowing the lie
Of hills and woods
Of cliffs and crags
Of marshes and fens
You cannot
March

-

The soldier's spirit
Is keenest
In the morning;
By noon
It has dulled;
By evening
He has begun
To think of home.

-

The Skilful Warrior
Does not rely on the enemy's not coming.
But on his own
Preparedness




-

Without using local guides,
You cannot
Exploit
The lie of the land.

-

A dead man
Cannot be
Bought back to life

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