So it is said that if you know others, and know yourself,
you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles;
if you do not know others but know yourself,
you win one and lose one;
if you do not know others and do not know yourself,
you will be imperiled in every single battle.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
Therefore the skilful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.
Topics: Winners, Winning
- Zhuang Zhou Chinese Philosopher
- Lin Yutang Chinese Author, Philologist
- T. E. Lawrence British Soldier, Writer
- Jacques Cousteau French Military Leader
- George S. Patton American Military Leader
- Robert E. Lee American Military General
- H. Norman Schwarzkopf American Military Leader
- Robert S. Johnson American Military Leader
- Norman MacEwen British Military Leader
- Eddie Rickenbacker American Military Leader