2.19

Chapter: Wagin War 2.19
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Translation:

In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.

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Commentary

The goal is to win, not to overrun everything and everyone. It is to defeat the enemy, not to fight forever.

Whilst there may be glory in battle there is also great cost. Beware of letting glory becoming the ends that battle provides. Stories of derring-do are good for later cheer but they are not good for the nation when easier victory can be gained.