All is fair in love and war

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Hiding order beneath the cloak of disorder is simply a question of subdivision; concealing courage under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to be effected by tactical dispositions.

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Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive, knowing yourself enables you to stand on the defensive.

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The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.

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What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.

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Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent s fate.

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If you are near the enemy, make him believe you are far from him. If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are now.

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One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.

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There are not more than five primary colours (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.

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Where there are repeated wars, the people are weakened; when they score repeated victories, rulers become arrogant. When arrogant rulers command weakened people the nation is on the path to destruction.

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Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger.

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In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity

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