The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.
III. ATTACK BY STRATAGEM 1. Sun Tzu said: 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. 2. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
cited by Pi I-hsun, we may see in this theory a probable solution of the mystery. Between Ssu-ma Ch’ien and
Therefore, the skillful commander imposes his will on the enemy by making the enemy come to him instead of being brought to the enemy.
La ira puede cambiar con el tiempo a alegría; el enojo puede ser reemplazado por el contento.
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.