100 Best Sun Tzu Quotes – Famous The Art of War Quotes

These Sun Tzu Quotes The Art Of War will teach you a lot about war and your enemy.

Sun Tzu was born in 544 BC was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher. He was also the author of The Art of War. The Art of War book is an influential work of military strategy which affected military thinking.  This book is about explaining military strategies,  alternatives to battle, use of spies and willingness to submit to more powerful foes.

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Sun Tzu is a legendry military figure in Chinese and East Asian culture. Sun Tzu was born with the name of Sun Wu. The name Sun Tzu is an honorific which means “Master Sun“.

Even though The Art Of War is written so many centuries ago, it grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society in the twentieth century. Since then it is influencing many people throughout the world including culture, politics, business, and sports, as well as modern warfare.

Here we are sharing a collection of Sun Tzu Quotes The Art Of War for you to learn to use your mind as a weapon.

Sun Tzu Quotes The Art Of War

“The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.”
― Sun Tzu

“He who advances without seeking fame,
Who retreats without escaping blame,
He whose one aim is to protect his people and serve his lord,
The man is a jewel of the Realm”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”
― Sun Tzu

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

“When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.”
― Sun Tzu

“do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.”
― Sun Tzu

“if you fight with all your might,  there is a chance of life; where as death is certain if you cling to your corner”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“know yourself and you will win all battles”
― Sun Tzu

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

The Art Of War Quotes

“Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy’s purpose.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”
― Sun Tzu

“You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”
― Sun Tzu

“You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

“The Art of War is self-explanatory”
― Sun Tzu

“If those who are sent to draw water begin by drinking themselves, the army is suffering from thirst. [One may know the condition of a whole army from the behavior of a single man.]”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.”
― Sun Tzu

“When the outlook is bright, bring it before their eyes; but tell them nothing when the situation is gloomy.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“You have to believe in yourself. ”
― Sun Tzu

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

Best Sun Tzu Quotes

“We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“The control of a large force is the same principle
as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up
their numbers.”
― Sun Tzu

“It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.”
― Sun Tzu

“Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

“Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm”
― Sun Tzu

“Danger has a bracing effect.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“If quick, I survive.
If not quick, I am lost.
This is “death.”
― Sun Tzu

“There are not more than five primary colors  (blue, yellow,  red, white, and black), yet in combination, they produce more hues than can ever be seen.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“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.”
― Sun Tzu

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

Sun Tzu Quotes On War

“Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Order or disorder depends on organisation; courage or cowardice on circumstances; strength or weakness on dispositions.”
― Sun Tzu

“It is best to keep one’s own state intact; to crush the enemy’s state is only second best.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his
own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.
If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay
where you are.
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.”
― 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, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

“Be where your enemy is not.”
― Sun Tzu

“All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Every battle is won before it’s ever fought.”
― Sun Tzu

“When the officers are too strong and the common soldiers too weak, the result is COLLAPSE.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“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.”
― Sun Tzu

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

Best The Art Of War Quotes

“For the wise man delights in establishing his merit, the brave man likes to show his courage in action, the covetous man is quick at seizing advantages, and the stupid man has no fear of death.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.”
― Sun-tzu

“When the general is weak and without authority; when his orders are not clear and distinct; when there are no fixed duties assigned to officers and men, and the ranks are formed in a slovenly haphazard manner, the result is utter disorganization.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.”
― Sun Tzu

“The general who does not advance to seek glory, or does not withdraw to avoid punishment, but cares for only the people’s security and promotes the people’s interests, is the nation’s treasure.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight”
― Sun Tzu

“If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.”
― Sun Tzu

“Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war
that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.”
― Sun Tzu

“If his forces are united, separate them.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

Sun Tzu Famous Quotes

“Supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.”
― Sun Tzu

“Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful, subduing the other’s military without battle is the most skillful.”
― Sun Tzu

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

“Disorder came from order, fear came from courage, weakness came from strength.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away to return once more.”
― Sun Tzu

“It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes - Famous The Art of War Quotes

Sun Tzu Enemy Quotes

“Never venture, never win!”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“He who relies solely on warlike measures shall be exterminated; he who relies solely on peaceful measures shall perish.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“If you are near the enemy, make him believe you are far from him.
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are now”
― Sun-Tzu

“There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Enemy Quotes - Famous The Art of War

“Great results, can be achieved with small forces.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is INSUBORDINATION.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Enemy Quotes - Famous The Art of War

Sun Tzu Quotes On Leadership

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“One may know how to conquer without being able to do it. ”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Leadership Quotes - The Art of War

“The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“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.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Leadership Quotes - The Art of War

Sun Tzu Sayings

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“To lift an autumn hair is no sign of great strength; to see the sun and moon is no sign of sharp sight; to hear the noise of thunder is no sign of a quick ear.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise;  for the result is waste of time and   general stagnation.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes, Sayings - The Art of War

“Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Plan for what it is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes, Sayings - The Art of War

Famous The Art Of War Quotes

“When your army has crossed the border, you should burn your boats and bridges, in order to make it clear to everybody that you have no hankering after home.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“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 a division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu

“The principle on which to manage an army is to set up one standard of courage which all must reach.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes, Sayings - The Art of War

“In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack–the
direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to
an endless series of maneuvers.”
― sun tzu

“In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.”
― Sun Tzu

“Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength; attacking, a superabundance of strength.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision,
to the releasing of a trigger.”
― Sun Tzu

“Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy, but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Best Sun Tzu Quotes, Sayings - The Art of War

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This world is a tough and lonely place. We have all been through difficult times which have taken a toll on our mind, body, and spirit. But we should always embrace our experiences no matter they are good or bad and that is what Sun Tzu Quotes The Art Of War teaches us. It explains the importance of fighting against the negativity which exists inside of us.

Use these Sun Tzu Quotes The Art Of War as reminders of the importance of self-perseverance and focus on accepting yourself and the true nature of your being.

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