Sun Tzu





Sun Tzu


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Sun Tzu (孫子; pinyin: Sūnzǐ) is a honorific title bestowed upon Sūn Wu (孫武 c. 544-496 BC), the author of The Art of War (孫子兵法), an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. Sun Tzu believed in the use of the military sciences to effect outcomes that would result in peace.

In the author's name, Sūn Wu, the character wu, meaning "military", is the same as the character in wu shu, or martial art. Sun Wu also has a courtesy name, Chang Qing (Cháng Qīng).

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“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
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June 2016 Old School Classic Poll

 
  51 votes, 23.8%

5th century BC, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, 273 pages
 
  41 votes, 19.2%

 
  35 votes, 16.4%

1837, The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, 801 pages
 
  21 votes, 9.8%

1830, The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 608 pages
 
  21 votes, 9.8%

1885, Germinal by Émile Zola, 592 pages
 
  13 votes, 6.1%

 
  11 votes, 5.1%

 
  10 votes, 4.7%

440 BC, The Histories by Herodotus, 716 pages
 
  7 votes, 3.3%

 
  4 votes, 1.9%

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