One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful, subduing the other's military without battle is the most skillful.
There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
If you do not take opportunity to advance and reward the deserving, your subordinates will not carry out your commands, and disaster will ensue.
All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, pretend to be incapable; when active, inactive; when near, make the enemy believe that you are far away; when far away; that you are near.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.