All is fair in love and war
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.
Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive, knowing yourself enables you to stand on the defensive.
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.
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.
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.
One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.
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.
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.
Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger.
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity