Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.
By means of these seven considerations I can forecast victory or defeat. 15. The general that hearkens to my counsel and acts upon it, will conquer:—let such a one be retained in command! The general that hearkens not to my counsel nor acts upon it, will suffer defeat:—let such a one be dismissed!
I have heard that in war haste can be folly, but have never seen delay that was wise.
Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.
Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?