11.25

Chapter: The Nine Situations 11.25
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Translation:

Thus, without waiting to be marshaled, the soldiers will be constantly on the qui vive; without waiting to be asked, they will do your will; without restrictions, they will be faithful; without giving orders, they can be trusted.

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Commentary

‘qui vive’ is seeking life. When soldiers see you as the route to survival, they will follow your orders without question. When they see no alternative, they will be unquestionably loyal.