Chapter 1: Laying Plans
Chapter 2: Waging War
Chapter 3: Attack by Strategem
To prevent our own defeat is up to us, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy themselves.
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.
He wins his battles by making no mistakes. Making no mistakes is what establishes the
certainty for victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated.
The skilful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy.
The victorious strategist only seeks battle after he knows the victory has been won, while he who is destined for defeat first fights and then looks for victory.
The greatest leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline.
Thus it is in his power to control success.