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Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.
To perceive victory when it is known to all is not really skilful. Everyone calls victory in battle good, but it is not really good.
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.
If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it if fighting will not result is victory, then you must not fight, even at the ruler's bidding.
It is imperative to contest all factions for complete victory, so the army is not garrisoned and the profit can be total. This is the law of strategic siege.
According to my assessment, even if you have many more troops than others, how can that help you to victory?
Invincibility lies in the defence the possibility of victory in the Attack.
Therefore the victories of good warriors are not noted for cleverness or bravery. Therefore their victories in battle are not flukes. Their victories are not flukes because they position themselves where they will surely win, prevailing over those wh
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