Friday, February 11, 2011
Celebrate and then on to the next battle
Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated.
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him.
We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.
- Sun Tzu