The Art of War (孫子兵法, "Master Sun's Rules for Army") was traditionally ascribed to Sun Tzu.
It presents a philosophy of war for managing conflicts and winning battles.
This Sun Tzu's (The Art of War- IV.Tactical Dispositions )
Sun Tzu said:
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat,
but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy.
Hence the saying:
One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.
Security against defeat implies defensive tactics;
ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive.
Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength;
attacking, a superabundance of strength.
The general who is skilled in defense hides in the most secret recesses of the earth;
he who is skilled in attack flashes forth from the topmost heights of heaven.
Thus on the one hand we have ability to protect ourselves; on the other, a victory that is complete.
To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence.
Neither is it the acme of excellence if you fight and conquer.
Sun Tzu's The Art of War - IV.Tactical Dispositions 950 Silver Ring
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Sun Tzu's Art of War - VII. Maneuvering
"In raiding and plundering be like fire,
"Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night,
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