Friday, April 16, 2010

Art of War

If you know thy enemy and know thyself, you can fight a thousand battles without loosing even one of them--Sun Tzu, Art of War

One of the best quote I've read so far written in the book Art of War by Sun Tzu. I believed that this quote was not only applicable in war but can also be applied in our everyday living. 

Sometimes in our lives we cannot avoid experiencing an incident that can make us or break us as a human individual. The experience that will make us realize who we are and why we are here. As I am writing this, my whole army is already sleeping hehehe...I cannot sleep thinking that maybe tomorrow they were all gone. (Me and my stupid imagination) grabi mag isip. 

But sometimes that way of thinking that I have seems to be the strongest weapon I have so far as a warrior of life. Aside of course for knowing myself. Sometimes we cannot avoid hurting people especially the one we love so badly, but if we know that our principles are firm and we only want a peaceful and happy life I think nothing can go wrong in our journey in this so called life. 

Below are also some quotes in the book that I find quite interesting to share that can use in our everyday life:

1. A leader leads by example not by force.

2. Swift as the wind, Quiet as the forest, Conquer like the fire, Steady as the mountain.

3. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

4. He who knows when to fight and when he can not will be victorious.

5. All warfare is based on deception.

6. Victorious warriors win first and then go to war while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

7. Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization.

8. For to win one hundred victorious in one hundred battles is not the acme of skills.To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

9. When surrounded by the enemy you must leave a way to escape.

10. The best victory is when the opponents surrender of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities. It is best to win without fighting.

11. One defends when his strength is inadequate, he attacks when it is abundant.

12. If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him.

Thus, what is supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.

1 comment:

Jeanette Huston said...

I am following you from MBC!

Jeanette Huston

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