Sun Tzu quote about army from The Art of War - There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must be not attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.
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There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must be not attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.
 Sun Tzu, The Art of War (5th century BC). copy citation

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Author Sun Tzu
Source The Art of War
Topic army obedience attack command roads
Date 5th century BC
Language English
Reference
Note Translated by Lionel Giles
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17405/17405-h/17405-h.htm

Context

“In country where high roads intersect, join hands with your allies. Do not linger in dangerously isolated positions. In hemmed-in situations, you must resort to stratagem. In desperate position, you must fight.
3. There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must be not attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.
4. The general who thoroughly understands the advantages that accompany variation of tactics knows how to handle his troops.
5. The general who does not understand these, may be well acquainted with the configuration of the country, yet he will not be able to turn his knowledge to practical account.” source

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