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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 9 years ago

sun tzu a man's version of shakespeare?

so basically girls like shakespeare cuz they beleive the things he writes are beautiful whereas a man doesnt. i think the equivalent of sharekspaere for guys is sun tzu. his quotes are beautiful

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

- Sun Tzu, the Art of War

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; 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. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

- Sun Tzu, the Art of War

If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

- Sun Tzu, the Art of War

"The art of using troops is this:

......When ten to the enemy's one, surround him;

......When five times his strength, attack him;

......If double his strength, divide him;

......If equally matched you may engage him;

......If weaker numerically, be capable of withdrawing;

......And if in all respects unequal, be capable of eluding him,

..........for a small force is but booty for one more powerful."

- Sun Tzu, the Art Of War

"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, the Art of War

the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to w in or lose.

-Sun Tzu, the Art of War

He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue... In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.

-Sun Tzu, the Art of War

Though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.

-Sun Tzu, the Art of War

- 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

On dispersive ground, therefore, fight not. On facile ground, halt not. On contentious ground, attack not. On open ground, do not try to block the enemy's way. On the ground of intersecting highways, join hands with your allies. On serious ground, gather in plunder. In difficult ground, keep steadily on the march. On hemmed-in ground, resort to stratagem. On desperate ground, fight.

- Sun Tzu

If asked how to cope with a great host of the enemy in orderly array and on the point of marching to the attack, I should say: "Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will." Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy's unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and attack unguarded spots.

- Sun Tzu

Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face death, there is nothing they may not achieve.

- Sun Tzu

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Not remotely

    Shakespeare is the guy's version of Shakespeare.

    You're just glorifying the poetry of the translator, since none of what you quoted is a very strict translation of Sun Tzu. What you read was a guy looking to sell books to dabblers, who want something that sounds like a fortune cookie. Deliberately constructed prose sold under the Sun Tzu brand name.

    At least you could have picked up some translated version of Homer, rather than a translator's version of popular mechanics.

    "Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus

    and its devastation, which put pains thousandfold upon the Achaians,

    hurled in their multitudes to the house of Hades strong souls

    of heroes, but gave their bodies to be the delicate feasting

    of dogs, of all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished

    since that time when first there stood in division of conflict

    Atreus’ son the lord of men and brilliant Achilleus. . . ."- Latimore translation

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