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- Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.
To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.
- He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
- Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
Know yourself and you will win all battles.
When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.
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.
The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.