Sun Tzu quote about success from The Art of War - You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked.
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You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked.
 Sun Tzu, The Art of War (5th century BC). copy citation

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Author Sun Tzu
Source The Art of War
Topic success safety defence attack
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

“Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected.
6. An army may march great distances without distress, if it marches through country where the enemy is not.
7. You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked.
8. Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
9. O divine art of subtlety and secrecy!” source

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