Sun Tzu’s The Art of War: Chapter 12 The Attack by Fire

Tzu 12: The Attack by Fire

Best Quote(s)

Sun Tzu has survived because of its brevity and universal appeal.  If I can only pick one quote – when only four were selected from this chapter, then my top choice is below.  If you want to move – then do so.  If it isn’t to your advantage, then sit still.

“19 If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.”

 

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“3 There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, and special days for starting a conflagration.”

If you’re going to make use of natural forces – then there are good times and bad to do so.  Know if the times are primed for other forces outside your control to come to your assistance.

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“17 Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.”

Your resources – which from Attack by Stratagem – you know and you are an expert on your capabilities, are precious.  Guard them.  Use them to achieve your goal.

“19 If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.”

“21 But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”

Emergent behavior happens when many simple rules create new behavior when executed by large groups.  A town and its culture are a group of simple rules executed by a large population of people.  Once destroyed that town will not be the same, even if it is re-populated.  Sun Tzu counsels to be thoughtful about resources – yours and the enemy’s.

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