Sun Tzu quote about weakness from The Art of War - If there is disturbance in the camp, the general's authority is weak.
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If there is disturbance in the camp, the general's authority is weak.
 Sun Tzu, The Art of War (5th century BC). copy citation

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Author Sun Tzu
Source The Art of War
Topic weakness authority disturbance
Date 5th century BC
Language English
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Note Translated by Lionel Giles
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17405/17405-h/17405-h.htm

Context

“If the enemy sees an advantage to be gained and makes no effort to secure it, the soldiers are exhausted.
32. If birds gather on any spot, it is unoccupied. Clamor by night betokens nervousness.
33. If there is disturbance in the camp, the general's authority is weak. If the banners and flags are shifted about, sedition is afoot. If the officers are angry, it means that the men are weary.
34. When an army feeds its horses with grain and kills its cattle for food, and when the men do not hang their cooking-pots over the camp-fires, showing that they will not return to their tents, you may know that they are determined to fight to the death.” source

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