Sun Tzu in Art of War Imparts Wise Life Strategies

Recently, I read a quote from Art of War by Sun Tzu. It was interesting, as are many of the Art of War references. As I thought on that quote I decided to look at a few others. And, there I went, down another “rabbit hole”. (Rabbit holes do tend to be happening a lot more these days. Lol!)

Nonetheless, I explored for a bit and found some really great war quotes. Well, they aren’t necessarily exclusive to “war strategies”. Many of Sun Tzu’s words are applicable even in our day to day lives, within reason of course.

Let me be clear, I am not advocating you wage “war” in all your interactions. No. What I am saying is that the wisdom in Sun Tzu’s words can be applied in ways of self-control and strategic interactions with others. We must forsake the “willy-nilly” process and approach life with purpose in all our interactions.

So, with that perspective in mind, take note of the wisdom imparted:

“Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory:
1 He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
2 He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
3 He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
4 He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
5 He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.”
― Sun Tzu

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

“The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
― Sun Tzu

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

“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

“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

“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”
― Sun Tzu

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

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.”
― Sun Tzu

“The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”
― Sun Tzu

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

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

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.” – Sun Tzu

“Rewards for good service should not be deferred a single day.” – Sun Tzu

“Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.” – Sun Tzu

That is a great one to end with. I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of quotes. Let me know if you have a favorite Sun Tzu quote that I may have missed.

And on that note, I will leave you with these words from Mathew10, verse 16. “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” — Jesus Christ


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