35 Inspirational Sun Tzu Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational Sun Tzu Quotes On Success

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking. His works focus much more on alternatives to battle, such as stratagem, delay, the use of spies and alternatives to war itself, the making and keeping of alliances, the uses of deceit and a willingness to submit, at least temporarily, to more powerful foes. Sun Tzu is revered in Chinese and East Asian culture as a legendary historical and military figure. His birth name was Sun Wu (Chinese: 孫武) and he was known outside of his family by his courtesy name Changing (Chinese: 長卿).[citation needed] The name Sun Tzu by which he is best known in the Western World is an honorific which means “Master Sun”. Sun Tzu’s historicity is uncertain. The Han dynasty historian Sima Qian and other traditional Chinese historians placed him as a minister to King Helü of Wu and dated his lifetime to 544–496 BC. Modern scholars accepting his historicity place the extant text of The Art of War in the later Warring States period based on its style of composition and its descriptions of warfare. Traditional accounts state that the general’s descendant Sun Bin wrote a treatise on military tactics, also titled The Art of War. Since Sun Wu and Sun Bin were referred to as Sun Tzu in classical Chinese texts, some historians believed them identical, prior to the rediscovery of Sun Bin’s treatise in 1972. Sun Tzu’s work has been praised and employed in East Asian warfare since its composition. During the twentieth century, The Art of War grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society as well. It continues to influence many competitive endeavors in the world, including culture, politics, business and sports, as well as modern warfare. May these Sun Tzu Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “A leader leads by example not by force.” Sun Tzu

2. Opportunities increase as they are taken.” Sun Tzu

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

4. “All war is based on deception.” Sun Tzu

5. “Sweat more during peace: bleed less during war.” Sun Tzu

6. “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” Sun Tzu

7. “Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.” Sun Tzu

8. “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

9. “The skillful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.” Sun Tzu

10. “All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are to lure him; feign disorder and strike him. When he concentrates, prepare against him; where he is strong, avoid him. Anger his general and confuse him. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.” Sun Tzu

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

12. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” Sun Tzu

13. “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” Sun Tzu

14. “The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” Sun Tzu

15. “If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and, unless submissive, then will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be unless.” Sun Tzu

16. “Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.” Sun Tzu

17. “Those who are victorious plan effectively and change decisively. They are like a great river that maintains its course but adjusts its flow.” Sun Tzu

18. “A sovereign of high character and intelligence must be able to know the right man, should place the responsibility on him, and expect results.” Sun Tzu

19. “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night.” Sun Tzu

20. “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Sun Tzu

21. “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.” Sun Tzu

22. “One need not destroy one’s enemy. One need only destroy his willingness to engage.” Sun Tzu

23. “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” Sun Tzu

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

25. “Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.” Sun Tzu

26. “One who speaks deferentially but increases his preparations will advance. One who speaks belligerently and advances hastily will retreat.” Sun Tzu

27. “If your enemy is superior, evade him.” Sun Tzu

28. “The true objective of war is peace.” Sun Tzu

29. “Swift as the wind. Quiet as the forest. Conquer like the fire. Steady as the mountain.” Sun Tzu

30. “You can prevent your opponent from defeating you through defense, but you cannot defeat him without taking the offensive.” Sun Tzu

31. “Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.” Sun Tzu

32. “Agitate him and ascertain the pattern of his movement.” Sun Tzu

33. “If you are strong, appear weak. But if you are weak, appear strong.” Sun Tzu

34. “Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.” Sun Tzu

35. “Kill one, terrify a thousand.” Sun Tzu

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