All Quotes, Sun Tzu

70+ Most Amazing 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.



1. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu
2. Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. Sun Tzu
3. He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. Sun Tzu
4. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. Sun Tzu
5. If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him. Sun Tzu
6. The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. Sun Tzu
7. He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. Sun Tzu
8. Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy. Sun Tzu
9. There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. Sun Tzu
10. 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
11. The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. Sun Tzu
12. Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. Sun Tzu
13. If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. Sun Tzu
14. A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame. Sun Tzu
15. There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. Sun Tzu
16. Balk the enemy's power; force him to reveal himself. Sun Tzu
17. 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
18. Victory usually goes to the army who has better trained officers and men. Sun Tzu
19. He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious. Sun Tzu
20. Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. Sun Tzu
21. When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce. Sun Tzu
22. Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories. Sun Tzu
23. If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near. Sun Tzu
24. Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared. Sun Tzu
25. To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. Sun Tzu
26. Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move. Sun Tzu
27. 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
28. If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril. Sun Tzu
29. He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious. Sun Tzu



30. Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. Sun Tzu
31. In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity. Sun-Tzu
32. To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy. Sun Tzu
33. The greatest victory is that which requires no battle. Sun Tzu
34. Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust. Sun Tzu
35. Opportunities multiply as they are seized. Sun Tzu
36. If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by. Sun Tzu
37. So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak. Sun Tzu
38. Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across. Sun Tzu
39. One may know how to conquer without being able to do it. Sun Tzu
40. You have to believe in yourself. Sun Tzu
41. The wise warrior avoids the battle. Sun Tzu
42. One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all. Sun Tzu
43. If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things. Sun Tzu
44. The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent. Sun Tzu
45. Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him. Sun Tzu



46. Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. Sun Tzu
47. Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack. Sun Tzu
48. Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small. Sun Tzu
49. Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm. Sun Tzu
50. Ponder and deliberate before you make a move. Sun Tzu
51. He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. Sun Tzu
52. Wheels of justice gind slow but grind fine. Sun Tzu
53. If his forces are united, separate them. Sun Tzu
54. Be where your enemy is not. Sun Tzu
55. Disorder came from order, fear came from courage, weakness came from strength. Sun Tzu
56. Every battle is won before it’s ever fought. Sun Tzu
57. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. Sun Tzu
58. Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision,to the releasing of a trigger. Sun tzu
59. If there is disturbance in the camp, the general's authority is weak. Sun Tzu



60. Great results, can be achieved with small forces. Sun Tzu
61. Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. Sun Tzu
62. Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose. Sun Tzu
63. The Art of War is self-explanatory. Sun Tzu
64. Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack. un Tzu
65. In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. Sun Tzu
66. 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
67. Supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy. Sun Tzu
68. Danger has a bracing effect. Sun Tzu
69. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. Sun Tzu
70. Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is noise before defeat. Sun Tzu
71. All warfare is based on deception. Sun Tzu
72. The only chance of life lies in giving up all hope of it. Sun Tzu
73. Invincibility is in oneself, vulnerability in the opponent. Sun Tzu

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