Sun Tzu’s The Art of War: Chapter 09 The Army on the March

Tzu 09: The Army on the March

Sun Tzu tells us how to lead an army on the march and how to read the opposition’s army.  There is a lot of overlap with the concepts in maneuvering.  This book had to have gone through many post production edits over time – understanding the history of the wisdom would be interesting.

Best Quote(s)

These quotes – two of the last ones in the chapter – touch on leadership through hard tasks.

“43 Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity, but kept under control by means of iron discipline. This is a certain road to victory.”

“45 If a general shows confidence in his men but always insists on his orders being obeyed, the gain will be mutual.”

Page by Page

29

“2 Camp in high places, facing the sun.”

30

“18 When the enemy is close at hand and remains quiet, he is relying on the natural strength of his position.”

31

“24 Humble words and increased preparations are signs that the enemy is about to advance.”

32

“31 If the enemy sees an advantage to be gained and makes no effort to secure it, the soldiers are exhausted.”

“37 To begin by bluster, but afterwards to take fright at the enemy’s numbers, shows a supreme lack of intelligence.”

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“43 Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity, but kept under control by means of iron discipline. This is a certain road to victory.”

“45 If a general shows confidence in his men but always insists on his orders being obeyed, the gain will be mutual.”

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