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A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.

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All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

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All war is deception.

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Appear at points where the enemy must move quickly to defend; move quickly to places where you are not expected. An army may march great distances without distress if it marches through country where the enemy is not.

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Be extremely subtle, to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.

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Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.

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Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

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If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.

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If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.

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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.

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