All is fair in love and war

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Great results, can be achieved with small forces.

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It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy’s one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two.

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The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.

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Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing.

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Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.

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If there is disturbance in the camp, the general’s authority is weak.

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Never venture, never win!

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The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.

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When the outlook is bright, bring it before their eyes; but tell them nothing when the situation is gloomy.

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Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm

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If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .

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