Sun Tzu quote about speed from The Art of War - Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
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Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
 Sun Tzu, The Art of War (5th century BC). copy citation

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Author Sun Tzu
Source The Art of War
Topic speed plan move
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

“Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops, must be decided by circumstances.
17. Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest.
18. In raiding and plundering be like fire, in immovability like a mountain.
19. Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
20. When you plunder a countryside, let the spoil be divided amongst your men; when you capture new territory, cut it up into allotments for the benefit of the soldiery.
21. Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.” source

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