Born: 500 B.C.
Birthplace: Ch'i State, China
Best Known As: The author of The Art of War
"The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim."
"When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce."
"If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity."
"Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
"The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand."
"O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands."