All Quotes, Sun Tzu

70+ Sun Tzu Quotes

Sun Tzu is considered the Greatest military strategist ever. Sun Tzu lived in ancient China. He is the author of the master piece Art Of War, what is believed to be the Bible of Warfare. Sun Tzu is relatable till now and both Eastern and Western forces adopted his warfare strategies. This is a collection of 70+ Sun Tzu quotes on war, winning attitude and leadership.


The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. - Sun Tzu
He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. - Sun Tzu
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. - Sun Tzu
Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. - Sun Tzu
If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him. - Sun Tzu
The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. - Sun Tzu
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. - Sun Tzu
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. - Sun Tzu
There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. - Sun Tzu
To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. - Sun Tzu
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. - Sun Tzu
Great results, can be achieved with small forces. - Sun Tzu
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. - Sun Tzu
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. - Sun Tzu
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy. - Sun Tzu
A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame. - Sun Tzu
There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. - Sun Tzu
Balk the enemy's power; force him to reveal himself. - Sun Tzu
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill. - Sun Tzu
Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men. - Sun Tzu
He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious. - Sun Tzu
Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. - Sun Tzu
When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce. - Sun Tzu
Know thyself, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories. - Sun Tzu
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near. - Sun Tzu
Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared. - Sun Tzu
To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. - Sun Tzu
Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move. - Sun Tzu
If fighting is sure to result in victory, than you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler's bidding. - Sun Tzu
If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril. - Sun Tzu
He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious. - Sun Tzu
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity. - Sun-Tzu
To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy. - Sun Tzu
The greatest victory is that which requires no battle. - Sun Tzu
Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust. - Sun Tzu
Opportunities multiply as they are seized. - Sun Tzu
If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by. - Sun Tzu
So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak. - Sun Tzu
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across. - Sun Tzu
One may know how to conquer without being able to do it. - Sun Tzu
You have to believe in yourself. - Sun Tzu
The wise warrior avoids the battle. - Sun Tzu
One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all. - Sun Tzu
If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things. - Sun Tzu
The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent. - Sun Tzu
Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him. - Sun Tzu
Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack. - Sun Tzu
Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small. - Sun Tzu
Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm. - Sun Tzu
Ponder and deliberate before you make a move. - Sun Tzu
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. - Sun Tzu
Wheels of justice grind slow but grind fine. - Sun Tzu
If his forces are united, separate them. - Sun Tzu
Be where your enemy is not. - Sun Tzu
Disorder came from order, fear came from courage, weakness came from strength. - Sun Tzu
Every battle is won before it’s ever fought. - Sun Tzu
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. - Sun Tzu
Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision,to the releasing of a trigger. - Sun tzu
If there is disturbance in the camp, the general's authority is weak. - Sun Tzu
Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. - Sun Tzu
Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose. - Sun Tzu
The Art of War is self-explanatory. - Sun Tzu
Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack. - Sun Tzu
In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. - Sun Tzu
No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique. - Sun Tzu
Supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy. - Sun Tzu
Danger has a bracing effect. - Sun Tzu
Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. - Sun Tzu
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is noise before defeat. - Sun Tzu
All warfare is based on deception. - Sun Tzu
The only chance of life lies in giving up all hope of it. - Sun Tzu
Invincibility is in oneself, vulnerability in the opponent. - Sun Tzu
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